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McLaren reveals the 'Ultimate Supercar' - the P1- UPDATE: Lots of new images!

The legendary F1 successor is finally here...

The years of waiting have finally ended – McLaren have revealed the car that is the spiritual successor to the F1 – the P1.

We’ve only been given three images and a tiny bit of information ahead of the public reveal at the Paris Motor Show next week, but what we have got has whetted our appetites for sure. Here are some juicy stats: sub-1300kg, 500 units, £800,000 and….. over 900 bhp.

Officially this is a ‘design study’ so there may be very small changes when going into production, but what we can see is one of the most radically styled cars we’ve ever seen, especially at the rear of the car. At the front we see a low nose, with aerodynamic vents at the sides of the bumper, cutting up into the lights as seen on the Aston Martin One-77. There are twin exit vents on the bonnet and a low splitter juts out at the leading edge of the bumper.

At the sides we see deeply sculpted sections with vents and low side skirts, while atop the roof sits an F1-esque scoop to feed air to the engine. McLaren say that the aerodynamic surfaces of the car are presented in natural carbon, while the styled elements are in Volcano Orange. We only have one shot of the rear of the car but it looks like nothing else thanks to a massive rear diffuser and a wide mesh area surrounding a massive central exhaust. It looks as if there are more aerodynamic cutouts and vents on the top surface of the rear, but we won’t find out more until Paris.

The engine for the P1 is the same engine as the MP4-12C which will surprise some people, as many were expecting a V10 or V12 engine. McLaren are going down a different route though – the 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 will be tuned to around 800bhp which some would say is enough, but it will be supplemented by a Formula 1 style KERS system good for another 160bhp in short bursts – giving a stunning total of around 960bhp. This should be good for 0-62 mph in less than 3 seconds and a top speed of around 239 mph.

So it’s no Veyron-beater, but McLaren MD of Operations Antony Sheriff, says outright pace is not the objective of the new model. “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. It is the true test of a supercar’s all-around ability and a much more important technical statement. It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.”

We’ll bring more details when they are released at the Paris Motor Show.

Images courtesy of McLaren Automotive


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more