Once under the P12 designation, McLaren Automotive lifted the cloak of secrecy on its P1 design study finally. The successor to the McLaren F1, the super car which set 1998 world record as the fastest road going car at 231 mph, the McLaren P1 hinted at design influences from McLaren's current model, the MP4-12C. In a prepared statement, Antony Sheriff, Managing Director of McLaren Automotive, explained that "...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..." He also added "...our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made..." No doubt those are lofty expectations and while no details on the powertrain are given at this time, early speculative reports indicate a 3.8-liter V8 with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for a total output of 963 horsepower. That translates to a 0 to 62 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 239 mph. Possible availability to come in 2013, details to come on September 27th when McLaren Automotive officially unveils the P1 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
McLAREN AIMS FOR POLE POSITION IN PARIS
(Sep 18, 2012) McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar the McLaren P1 which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company's Racing division. The McLaren P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver's car in the world on road and track.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l'Automobile 2012, the McLaren P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.
"The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,' says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. "Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.'
"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,' says 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.'
When the McLaren P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.