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McLaren P1 at the Geneva Motor Show

McLaren P1 at the Geneva Motor Show

The Mclaren P1 will be revealed in the next few days at the Geneva Motor Show and as always Mclaren have been releasing dribs and drabs of information on the new hypercar.

In what seems a far leap from reality for us mere mortals, McLaren announced that prices for the new Mclaren P1 would be starting from £866,000. We are not even going to waste our time trying to convert that figure to South African rands.

To maintain exclusivity McLaren says they will only be selling 375 units globally.  This figure will definitely ensure that the McLaren P1 remains a rarity, and if spotted on the road, an unforgettable sight.

Styling wise McLaren has not changed anything on the McLaren P1 but opted to keep the styling of the vehicle which they presented at the Paris Motor Show last year albeit for the addition of ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce.

As already announced, the McLaren P1 will be powered by a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine substantially enhanced featuring, for example, larger turbochargers and a highly effective electric motor, to give a combined output of 674kW and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. This ensures instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine.

The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine in the McLaren P1 is a new version of the familiar M838T unit, that has been significantly upgraded to optimise cooling and durability under the higher loads. The petrol engine produces 542kW at 7500rpm, and 720Nm of torque from 4000rpm.

The lightweight electric motor, developed by the McLaren Electronics arm of the Group, produces 132kW and produces a maximum torque of 260Nm instantly from a standstill.

Emissions of less than 200g/km on the combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode, while the Formula 1-derived Drag Recovery System (DRS) and Instant Power Assist (IPAS) technologies offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power.

The race-inspired IPAS gives the McLaren P1 astonishing performance.  Zero to 100km/h will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds.  Putting that into perspective, that’s 5 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car.  Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h just a tad bit more than the gentleman’s agreement amongst German manufacturers.

In E-mode the McLaren P1, the most economical mode available with zero tailpipe emissions the McLaren P1 can travel more than 10km with electric-only power. The battery itself is charged by the engine or by means of a plug-in charger which can recharge the battery, from empty, in only two hours. The plug-in charger can be stored in the luggage compartment, although the customer may choose to store it off-board – in a garage or the pits – to save weight.

Power from the engine is transferred to the road by specially developed P Zero Corsa tyres supplier by Pirelli.

Stopping power for the McLaren P1 is also as special as the car. To rein in the power produced by the powerplant 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. The new disc material is stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, and dissipates heat more effectively giving the highly effective braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability.

Now all we have to do is impatiently wait for the reveal at the Geneva Motor Show.

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