McLaren P1 – successor to the McLaren F1 – revealed

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    Shame they didn’t have Sergio Perez sitting in it when they unveiled it…


    I can’t seem to get a sense of scale from those photos. It looks smaller than the 12C, but with with it being the successor to the F1, it sounds as if it’s bigger.

    Will they also end up making a race version? Becasue if it’s that much better than the 12C GT3 already, they’d be silly not to, surely? But then, what would become of the 12C? It’s only been properly racing for about a year and a half.

    Wither way, the P1 looks great.


    That’s an interesting livery, I quite like it.

    The rear-end of this car is beautiful, love it!


    @andrewtanner That’s razzle dazzle camo. Always looks good, especially on cars as nice as this


    I thought the McLaren MP4-12C’s engine was a completely in house built engine, but then I just read that its built by Ricardo?


    McLaren have revealed some more details of the P1:

    • Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) provides astonishing acceleration: 0 to 300 kph (186mph) takes less than 17 seconds, more than 35 per cent faster than the legendary McLaren F1
    • Top speed electronically limited to 350 kph (217.5mph)
    • To maintain exclusivity, production will be strictly limited to 375 units
    • Pricing to start from £866,000 on the road; fully equipped as standard for road and track use
    • Production model is almost unchanged from the original design study
    • The most technologically advanced and overall overall fastest series production car ever built in the UK.

    McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its phenomenal McLaren P1™ ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show. Facts that will make it the most technologically advanced and overall fastest series production car ever to come from the UK.

    The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) gives the McLaren P1 astonishing performance. Zero to 100kph will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 kph under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 kph will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. Putting that into perspective, that’s 11 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 kph.

    McLaren has been engaging with potential customers actively in the last few months to get their views on the McLaren P1, about the car’s styling. Their unanimous verdict on the styling was not to change the car presented last September in Paris. So unusually, the McLaren P1 has translated to production form with very little change. In fact just one, the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce.

    McLaren has closely monitored demand so as to maintain exclusivity, and announced a production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1 will remain a rarity and, if spotted on the road, an unforgettable sight.

    McLaren has also announced that the car will cost from £866,000 on the road with a specification that fully equips the car for both road and track use. The company prides itself on designing performance cars that their owners can use regularly so the McLaren P1 comes standard with a comprehensive specification list. The options list is limited to only bespoke content that a customer might wish to add through McLaren Special Operations, and fitted luggage.

    As already announced, the McLaren P1 will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. A mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine is substantially enhanced featuring, for example, larger turbochargers and a highly effective electric motor, to give a combined output of 916PS (903 bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. This ensures instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine. Emissions of less than 200g/km on the combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode, while the Formula 1-derived DRS and IPAS technologies offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power.

    The tyres fitted to the McLaren P1 are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren’s technology partner, Pirelli. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development programme, and this has seen the tyre testing phase integrated into the schedule, as a key performance component. The final compound and construction has been developed and optimised during testing, and the end result is a tyre that is finely tuned specifically to the performance and handling characteristics.

    To rein in the power produced by the twin powerplants, the McLaren P1 is designed to offer braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. Developed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively, giving the highly efficient braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability. The system also boasts significantly reduced weight, and a bespoke ceramic layer coats both friction surfaces to give an attractive mirrored finish.

    One surprising feature is that the car can also be driven solely in electric mode. In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean up to a 20km range. More than enough for an owner to enter, for example, a city centre Zero Emissions Zone, have dinner and return home.


    The P1 is shaping up to be a mighty fine hypercar – I like the styling, and those performance figures are truly staggering – but there’s one point I don’t quite understand:

    Formula 1-derived DRS

    How did McLaren manage to shoehorn DRS into a road car? I assume it has something to do with the rear spoiler being adjusted at high speed, or is it just marketing fluff?


    @bobthevulcan I’m sure that it is hardly DRS-derived. Any modern supercar with a rear wing will sensibly have the angle of attack reduced either whenever being driven in a straight line or specifically when high-speed runs are the intention-such as the Bugatti Veyron from 6 years before DRS in F1. It is just common sense, although I undertsnad that for marketting purposes they want to make it sound like it is cutting-edge F1 technology.

    Aish Heydrich

    DAT ASS!


    Perez showing off the car in Geneva today:


    I just noticed that the curious livery shown above might be a collage of multiple racing circuits:


    Did McLaren’s PR department announce when the matchbox version is coming out? I would like to buy 1 for my son!


    Love it, love all Mclaren road cars, I don’t understand how someone can say that the Mclaren road cars are plain, if the Mclarens are plain the new Lambos are what? The Mclarens are great pieces of engineering with refined looks, top quality for top dollar, unlike some super-car makers.


    The 12C is pretty plain looking for a supercar to be honest. The P1 clearly isn’t, which is why I see it as fixing one of the problems that the company could have found itself with otherwise.

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