After successfully launching its MP4-12C, McLaren is shooting for the skies with its new supercar: The P1.
Outside, the P1's overall shape is reminiscent of the company's MP4-12C but its details are far more exotic. The P1 features a truncated front end with a highly-stylized front fascia melding into an aggressive front splitter. Uniquely, the headlamps mimic McLaren's boomerang-shaped logo. In profile the P1 reminds us of the Pagani Zonda, with flowing character lines giving the car a look of motion even when it is standing still. The back of the P1 looks race-ready with a high-mounted center exhaust and large diffuser.
Inside, the P1 features a glass roof and a windshield that is taller than it is wide, giving the car the feel of a fighter jet cockpit. The P1's interior is also extremely driver focused, with all switchgear kept to a minimum. However, despite that minimalist approach, the P1 still comes equipped with climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke sound system.
In order to keep weight down, nearly every piece in the P1's interior is made from carbon fiber, including seat shells, door cards, headliner and center console. McLaren was so obsessed with weight-savings that it removed the top layer of resin from the P1's interior carbon fiber, saving an additional 3.3 pounds.
To further shed weight, the P1 will come from the factory sans carpeting. Carpet will be offered as an option, but even that will come with a special lightweight backing.
Each P1 will be custom fitted for both the driver and passenger, but owners will be able to make a few adjustments on their own. The driver's seat of the P1 is typically fixed at 28 degrees from vertical, but can be moved to 32 degrees for track days when extra headroom is needed to accommodate a racing helmet.
As with the car's interior, the so-called mega-Mac will lean heavily on carbon fiber for most its body construction and will utilize a pushrod suspension like the system first seen on the Lamborghini Aventador. Hydraulic anti-roll control, adaptive dampers and an advanced traction control system will also be part of the car's handling package.
Under the hood
As previously reported, McLaren has scrapped plans for a new 5.0-liter V8 as the P12 is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 used in the smaller MP4-12C. However, McLaren has pair that powerplant with a KERS energy storage system that will boost power to 903 horsepower and 660 lb-ft. of torque.
That kind of power means the reborn F1 will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and from 0-100 mph in just 5.5 seconds. Amazingly, the car will be able to go from a standstill to 200 mph in 20 seconds. McLaren says all-out speed wasn't a top priority for the P1, but we expect the car to arrive with an eye-popping top end.
"Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit," said McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff.
"It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."
McLaren will cap production at 375 units, with prices reflecting that exclusivity. In the United Kingdom, the P1 will start at £866,000, a figure which converts to roughly $1.3 million.