Evo magazine recently got McLaren P1 program director Paul Mackenzie to reveal some of the aerodynamic and materials details that help make his new hybrid supercar so stupendous. The walkaround makes sense of the numerous intersecting lines and angles on the P1, like the main intakes placed inside the doors, the vents just ahead of the front wheels that were added later in road testing to get more cooling to the radiators, the vents on the rear to cool the clutches and the titanium-mesh chimney behind the roof intake.

Mackenzie also talks about the Race setting that lowers the whole car 50 millimeters – below the minimum height of road legality in the UK, in fact – and how the raised rear wing automatically changes pitch to reduce drag when you take the coupe above 160 mph. This is what you get when you sit aerodynamicists, engineers and designers in the same room to shrink-wrap a street-legal body around a 900-horsepower chassis. You can find out more about it in the video below.



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      barkeep
      • 9 Months Ago
      The amount of fluidic curves in this P1 is just beyond sexy.
      J Shep
      • 9 Months Ago
      Maybe it's the camera, the color or the angle but the P1 looks tiny!
        Chris O.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @J Shep
        The photo does look a little odd. However, the P1 is within a couple inches, in every dimension (except length), of a C6 Z06. The P1 is about a half a foot longer...
      MistyGreen
      • 9 Months Ago
      Guy is driving like a buffoon at the end of that. I hope he wasn't trying to stay planted, cause he sure wasn't. Good video though, great details.
      bonehead
      • 9 Months Ago
      Black is really the only color for this car. It hides some of the business of this design and just makes you look like batman. Just look at how much better it looks than the yellow and black one.
        AGSHOP
        • 9 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        i saw it in Audi S4 blue baby blue and i beg to differ.. jaw dropping
      KO
      • 9 Months Ago
      Between this and the Chris Harris vid, McLaren isn't shy about going into these sorts of details, which is awesome. I don't recall hearing quite this level of info from the 918's intro.
      AGSHOP
      • 9 Months Ago
      sooo beautifully sculpted for purpose!