McLaren invited us to private showing of its near production-ready P1 supercar in Beverly Hills last night, offering its affluent customers a sneak peek at what promises to be one of the finest - if not the best - sports car in the world when it arrives later this year. While the development team continues to hold many of the coupe's cards close to its chest, a trickle of details emerged that only served to further whet our appetite for the upcoming exotic.
  • The Volcano Orange prototype (the same one shown at the Paris Motor Show) is fully functional, with a complete operating powertrain. Before each public display, a dark tint is applied to the windows to hide the interior from view.
  • The chassis utilizes a carbon-fiber passenger tub shared with the MP4-12C, with aluminum structures front and rear for crash protection (carbon fiber is lighter, but it doesn't crush and absorb energy as well). All body panels are carbon-fiber and nearly all exposed metal (including the mesh vents) is made of titanium alloy. The target curb weight is 1,300 kilograms, or less than 2,900 pounds.
  • Based on a recorded engine soundtrack played at the event, and noting a pair of intakes each likely feeding a turbocharger (we spotted genuine gold foil in the engine bay to help to ward off heat), it is assumed that the P1 will be fitted with a high-output version of the MP4-12C's twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 making about 800 horsepower. A KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), similar to what is used in Formula One, will provide a strong boost of even more horsepower for short periods. While McLaren has avoided all-wheel drive, don't rule out some sort of electric propulsion on the front axle.
  • McLaren doesn't have the Porsche 918 Spyder in its crosshairs – it's too heavy and slow. Instead, it is aiming its sights directly at the upcoming Ferrari F150 (the successor to the Enzo). That said, the British automaker expects its P1 to be the world's quickest production vehicle around Nürburgring.
  • Assembly should start within the next several months. Only 500 copies will be made, with each costing about $1.2 million.
Expect more mechanical details about the McLaren P1 to be revealed in the next few weeks, with the two-place interior finally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.


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      Daniel
      • 1 Year Ago
      It makes the design a bit less flashy but I love that the P1 has a lower hip and belt line. I know I'll probably never get the chance to sit in one, much less drive one, but having awful side visibility is one thing that bugs the crap outta me about driving a lot of high end cars.
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Won't be as legendary as the F1, but still be the best on the market when it comes out
      miladferrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car looks absolutely hideous, i mean i know it is a technical master piece, but ughhhh it looks really ugly. Ferrari f70 hopefully will be faster and better looking than this and judging from their history I dont think anybody will doubt that. The british just have no taste do they.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Porsche 918 is too heavy and slow?!? That's a ****ing statement!
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        My words, not McLaren's. 918 = 3,750 lbs and 7:14 Ring time P1 = 2,900 lbs and
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Them's fightin' words.
          Michael Harley
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          I really have no idea with regards to the profit. Obviously, the margins are much larger... but so is the risk. If the economy tanks again, it is tough to sell a $1.2M car. - Mike
          Jason Schieck
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          It may be heavier, but that does not necessarily mean it will be slower.
          Brex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Michael, any clue about what the profits are on cars like the P1 and the One-77? Even at $1M+, at these small production volumes (particularly for the One-77), it doesn't seem like they bring in much more than the cost of development. Okay, they likely didn't spend $500M developing this but still.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        It certainly is heavy. I\'m reasonably sure the P1 will be faster around most tracks, so in smack-down speak, the Porsche is slow. Compared to light, the P1 is creeping.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        Yeah but only McLaren ca make a statement like that and at around 3,700, almost 1,000 more than the P1's target weight, you can see why they said it.
      LynxFX
      • 1 Year Ago
      God I love this car especially in this color. It looks like an organic fluid wrapping itself around the black skeleton, as if it is in constant motion. I assume they'll have one in their Beverly Hills store to view soon enough.
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      i wish Mercedes would jump on the hypercar wagon. bring back the SLR!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like what I see.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rather surprised to hear that the interior is still unfinished at this point.
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        Not unfinished... just not shown. The car is basically done, with the exception of a few aero tweaks (as reported in an earlier post) and some cosmetic changes. I peered through the heavy tint and saw the carbon-fiber center stack... - Mike
          Arch
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          I was hoping for a center driving position.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to see this & the Enzo successor battling it out on the ring,this is what a supercar looks like not the junk from the US.
      rL-gT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh my lord...
      md_stew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking to be a BEAST of a car!
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