Spy photographers have grabbed a few shots of the McLaren P1 out for a little testing on public streets. Much of the coupe's heavy camouflage has been discarded in favor of a trippy vinyl wrap, revealing the production version to be nearly identical to the concept McLaren unveiled at this year's Paris Motor Show. The company's new ultracar is designed to be somewhat smaller and more delicate compared to other bruisers in the segment, and McLaren has made it clear the machine will bow with the least frontal area of any new supercar on the planet. Even so, the wild bodywork will dish up something around 1,300 pounds of downforce at 125 mph.

Details are still scarce when it comes to what sort of engine we can expect to see mounted amidships, but we do know the P1 will make use of a carbon fiber chassis that integrates the roll cage into the vehicle's roof structure. Likewise, every last one of the vehicle's body panels are expected to be stitched from carbon fiber as well. Sounds like a party.


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      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      dem hips
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks amazing with the Camo on it, can't wait to hear it around the track.
      Mike Fernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is so unbelievably awesome! The ONLY disappointing thing about this machine, which I'm surprised they didn't mention, is the fact that McLaren didn't carry on with the 1+2 seating tradition of the F1 :( I was really hoping they would.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still wish they kept the center driving seat like the F1.
      Beto_Escoto
      • 2 Years Ago
      it looks cool even with all that **** all over
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful looking car. I'm curious how it will perform.
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      All those curves keep reminding me of potato wedges.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      My heart currently belongs to the Aventador convertible and I will not cheat anytime soon.
      scooters2
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love radical cars like the Aventador, but this just looks a straight up space creature.
      Joseph K
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry McLaren, but if the car has not a central position for the driver, it is just not up to the legendary F1.
        mildmanneredthinkingman
        @Joseph K
        This car is not meant to beat the F1. This is a new path by McLaren. It should still be just as fantastic in probably a more manageable package. But what exotic is not plague by quirks no? Give it a chance. Can't wait for Top Gear to take it around the track. Or when Chris Harris gets a chance with this thing.
      erzhik
      • 2 Years Ago
      least frontal area? yeah..that's something to be proud of. It's like saying your honda has the biggest glove box.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 2 Years Ago
        @erzhik
        Considering that cars keep getting fatter and fatter along with tall stubby front ends to meet pedestrian collision standards I'd say that’s actually an accomplishment considering most mainstream vehicles aren’t able to implement this characteristic in their designs.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @erzhik
        Autoblog : The #1 Internet haven for automotive ignorance.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      This definitely a more dramatic design than the current MP4-12C. I can imagine Jeremy Clarkson making a fool of himself saying, “the performance is staggering” etc., etc.. While messing with the flappy paddle things inside..
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