"She spreads its wings" or "It spreads its wing," depending on how you conjugate your French, is the rough translation of a headline from L'Automobile. The French auto magazine claims to have its hands on patent sketches of the brilliantly wild-looking McLaren P1. While images have been shown of the P1 Concept ahead of the imminent Paris Motor Show, these are claimed to be of the actual production model.

As you can see from the side-on image, the silhouette bears resemblance to the original McLaren F1, though likely as the optimal wind-tunnel-tested shape for supercar dominance. The side view also reveals a large active spoiler and one heck of a rear diffuser set, also seen in more detail from the rear. Like the MP4-12C, the active spoiler will likely also act as an air brake, bringing the hypercar to an abrupt stop.

Also of note, is the similarities between the P1 Concept, and this supposed production model. The head-on view reveals that the headlights bear a strong connection to the "swoosh" in the McLaren logo. Also, the lack of large taillight detail in the profile image suggests that, like the concept, the P1 would have the exotic trail of LED taillights.

So, while the P1 Concept will wow us beyond belief in Paris, it will be some time after that before we know for sure how close these sketches come to the production model. Stay tuned!

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      • 2 Years Ago
      "She spreads her legs" is actually the correct translation.
      Ben Doolittle
      • 2 Years Ago
      2 seats?????
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ben Doolittle
        i feel like that's the deal-breaker. it'll never be as cool or unique in my book.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish it had the drivers seat in the middle. If this gets power widows and isn't the fastest car in the world I don't see how this can be a F1 successor.
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's what I'm concerned about. The centered position is gone, the side profile looks almost like any other MP4-12C and the rear looks horrible. Unless it has outstanding top speed, Clarkson will be dissapointed. Oh but wait, it's British, nvm.
        • 2 Years Ago
        What's wrong with power windows? Didn't the original F1 have them?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the rear spoiler is going to produce a lot of up force. We will have a flying car. Cheers!
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Brilliantly wild-looking"?! Seriously? It looks pretty much like average supercar fare to me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't the MP4-12C also employ the "swoosh" headlights as well? I was waiting for someone to comment on that fact, glad somebody did at least for the P1. Looking forward to the specs.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is so go-go-fast that the wing looks like it broke off in the drawings.
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