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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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Production Ready McLaren P1 to be at Geneva Motor Show

Production Ready McLaren P1 to be at Geneva Motor Show

The production ready McLaren P1 will be unveiled at the 83rd international Motor show in Geneva on the 5th of March.

In the mean time McLaren has given us a glimpse of the so far unseen interior of the McLaren P1 in the form of a video.

The latest insight confirms that the McLaren P1 will adopt a race-inspired digital dash readout, and gives further information relating to the levels of performance that can be expected with a highly-focused ‘Race’ mode.

The visuals demonstrate what the driver will see as the McLaren P1 transitions into a fully-focussed track car. On selecting Race mode, the large double element adjustable ‘active’ rear wing extends, and the pitch of the wing alters into an optimal aerodynamic position. In Race mode the screen includes a bank of lights across the top, which illuminate green, followed by red and finally blue. These act as a shift indicator, as in a Formula 1 car.

McLaren has stated that they will provide more exact details about the McLaren P1, and Race mode, as we get closer to the Geneva Motor Show.

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McLaren to Celebrate 50 years this Coming September

McLaren to Celebrate 50 years this Coming September

McLaren will be turning 50 this year, on September 2nd 2013, the McLaren Group will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

To be honest McLaren only became known to me in the early 1990’s when McLaren released the McLaren F1 under the guidance of Ron Dennis, Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens. I have taken a keen interest in the company and its racing heritage ever since then.

I’ve been fortunate to see the McLaren F1 as well as a McLaren M8F-Chevrolet, M1B and M1C, the latter three at the Killarney Circuit in 2011 during the Historic Racing meet.

In a press release from the McLaren Group, McLaren took a moment to reflect on its founder and its achievements over the years. Below are some of them:

  • Our Formula 1 team has become a global household name; since our arrival in the sport, at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix, we have won more races (182) than any other constructor, started from pole position 155 times and scored 151 fastest laps. In 2012, we achieved the fastest-ever time for a Formula 1 pitstop (2.31s at Hockenheim), recorded our 58th consecutive points-scoring finish, an all-time record, and have now led more than 10,000 racing laps.
  • The exploits of our greatest world champions will always bring F1 to life: Emerson Fittipaldi ignited the passion of his native Brazil; James Hunt created as many headlines on the front pages as on the back; Niki Lauda and Alain Prost turned sport to science; the burning intensity of Ayrton Senna will live on for ever, while Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton will always be remembered for their raw speed and fearless aggression.
  • Today, every single car in Formula 1, the Indycar Series and NASCAR relies upon McLaren Electronics’ standardised ECUs to control their engines and feed data back to the garage.
  • Introduced back in 1993, the McLaren F1 road car has lost none of its unique appeal and is still considered by many to be automotive world’s definitive supercar. To this day, it remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world. In GTR racing guise, it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, also scooping third, fourth and fifth places on its debut in 1995.
  • The next roadcar project was with German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, and saw the successful build of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which became the best-selling carbon-based car ever.
  • Since its launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive has developed into a world-class road car manufacturer, successfully developing and building the 12C and the 12C Spider high performance sports cars. Both models exploit our unparalleled understanding of carbon fibre and electronic driver systems to create a groundbreaking product of unequalled weight, strength, performance and driveability.
  • Fittingly, this year, McLaren Automotive stands poised to open its 50th global dealership ahead of the worldwide launch of the P1™ – our newest model and a machine that’s set to rewrite the definition of the modern supercar.

To celebrate its’ 50th year McLaren will  throughout a host a series of events and celebrations.

From the McLaren 50 logos we’ll proudly sport on our team shirts, through our specially commissioned heritage video features, to the launch of our new MP4-28 Formula 1 car with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez on January 31st, every lap, every corner, every mile and every road we take will be an opportunity to revel in McLaren’s present while recalling our 50-year past.

Ron Dennis CBE, executive chairman, McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, said: “McLaren’s history is long and storied, but McLaren’s legacy is harder to define – and that’s because it’s still being vividly written every day by the dedicated men and women who work at the McLaren Technology Centre.

“Bruce McLaren wrote the beginning of the story, and the legend is going to continue for many years to come. I’m only a chapter, not the book, and I want other people to come in and write their own chapters as time goes by.

“This is a book that’s still being written, and that, perhaps, is the greatest legacy of McLaren.”

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McLaren P1 Concept Spied Testing [Video]

McLaren P1 Concept Spied Testing [Video]

The McLaren P1 has received a bit of attention since it was released earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show. Since releasing the initial teaser video prior to the Paris Motor Show, McLaren has managed to garner quite some attention of its new MacLaren P1  which it claims will be a drivers car.

The McLaren P1 is set for introduction in late 2013.

This video manages to capture a glimpse of the interior of the McLaren P1 giving a slight indication of how the cockpit will look like on the final version.

Other than that the crew shooting the video follow the McLaren P1 as the driver and passenger continue with their testing work.

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McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition Production Confirmed

McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition Production Confirmed

McLaren GT has confirmed the limited production of the McLaren 12C GT Can-AM Edition. This was announced at an exclusive event held this past weekend ahead of the 2012 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Only 30 examples of the 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be built.

The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be built purely for track use only and as such will not be homologated for road use.

The limited edition track-special pays tribute to Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme who successfully raced a series of McLaren models in the Can-Am series, claiming a string of championships between them for Bruce McLaren Racing.

The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be powered by the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with a unique engine calibration, and optimised cooling system to increase the power output of up to 463kW (630hp), making the 12C GT Can-Am Edition the most powerful 12C produced to date.

The dramatic appearance of the 12C GT Can-Am Edition is dominated by the large carbon fibre rear wing. This forms part of a unique high downforce aerodynamic package which has been honed by McLaren Racing using Formula 1 technology and simulation, and offers an increase in downforce by 30 per cent. Further carbon fibre components enhance the styling of the track car, further differentiating it from the GT3 racing version. These include door mirror mounts and covers, engine cover vents, side radiator intake vanes, sill covers and badges.

Completing the exterior look, the 12C GT Can-Am Edition sits on black satin-finished forged lightweight racing alloy wheels, shod with Pirelli racing tyres.

The interior is filled by a full FIA-approved race-specification rollcage, two black race seats, complete with full six-point harnesses, and a unique McLaren GT steering wheel carried over from the 12C GT3 race car. An integrated motorsport air conditioning system is incorporated into the bespoke lightweight carbon fibre dashboard adding a touch of racer comfort.

The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am Edition will be built at the new home of McLaren GT in Woking, with production commencing from March 2013.

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New McLaren P1 Revealed

New McLaren P1 Revealed

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McLaren P1 To Be Best Driver's Car

McLaren P1 To Be Best Driver’s Car

Following on the Teaser Video that was released earlier this month, McLaren released official pictures of the McLaren P1 yesterday. McLaren hopes that theMcLaren P1 will be the best driver’s car in the world on road and on track, following on the game changer the McLaren F1.

According to McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff, “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”  Mclaren’s “goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.’

McLaren will use the 2012 Paris Motor Show to preview the P1 as a design stud, the production version will be previewed next year with production commencing about 12 months thereafter.

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.

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Mclaren Automotive To Premier F1 Successor At Paris Motor Show?

Mclaren Automotive To Premier F1 Successor At Paris Motor Show?

The rumour making rounds at the moment is that McLaren Automotive is to debut the Mclaren F1 hypercar successor at the Paris Motor show which begins on Thursday the 27th of September.

A lot of this is fired by the picture McLaren distributed as part of their press release this weeks which depicts the silhouette of a car with some very distinct vents doing some wind tunnel testing.

Officially McLaren Automotive hopes to use the Paris Motor Show to showcase their future plans, and unveil their strategy to fast forward the automotive world, but all cards at the moment indicate they will be unveiling an exciting new hypercar.

For those who cant’t wait and are willing to endure the torture of dribs and drabs then you are welcome to check out some of the official McLaren Automotive social media channels on Facebook and on Twitter by following @McLarenAuto.

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McLaren MP4-12C Driven To Monaco

McLaren MP4-12C Driven To Monaco

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Mclaren MP4-12C Spider Video

Mclaren MP4-12C Spider Video


McLaren last week launched the MP4-12C spider, the second model in the MP4-12C family. Following on from this launch McLaren yesterday, the 12th of July, released a video of the MP4-12C Spider in action.

The McLaren MP4-12C Spider’s bespoke 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine produces 459kW of power and 600Nm of torque which is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission.

A clear view of the 12C Spider’s lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

The MP4-12C Spider uses the same light weight carbon fibre “Monocell” found in the MP4-12C.The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 40kg more with the addition of a convertible roof system.

The unique Retractable Hard Top (RHT) of the new 12C Spider may be operated at speeds up to 30kph operated using a switch in the lower section of the centre console inside the cabin, taking less than 17 seconds to raise or lower. With the roof raised the area under the tonneau can be used as an additional luggage area which provides 52 litres of useful storage space.  Bespoke luggage has been designed specifically to fit this space and is supplied as standard with every 12C Spider.

Launched in Volcano Red, one of 17 exterior paint finishes currently available for the 12C and 12C Spider, both 12C derivatives will also be available in optional Volcano Yellow.

Inside, an exclusive new interior trim has been developed for the 2013 model year 12C and new 12C Spider.

Other features on offer include a passive Roll Over Protection System to maximise occupant safety, Vehicle Lift to raise the front and rear for improved ground clearance up to speeds of 60kph, a rear Windscreen that can be raised and lowered to act as a wind deflector when the top is down or to allow the exhilarating noise of the 12C Spider’s V8 twin turbo engine to flood the cabin on demand at any time when the roof is up. Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren airbrake also form part of the vehicle dynamics package.

The McLaren MP4-12C Spider configurator has been launched and potential customers and car fans can view the configurator online at www.configure.mclaren.com.  Potential customers can order from McLaren retailers across the globe with first deliveries to customers planned for November 2012.

An overview of the MP4-12C Spider performance compared with the 12C is shown below (note that these are figure obtained using Pirelli PZero Corsa tyres:

  MP4-12C Spider(459kW) MP4-12C (459kW)
 0-100 kph 3.1 sec 3.1 sec
 0-161kph 6.1 6.0
 0-200 kph 9.0 sec 8.8 sec
¼ mile (400m) 10.8 sec @ 216 kph 10.6 sec @ 219 kph
V Max 329 kph 333 kph
Fuel efficiency, litres/100km  11.7 11.7
CO2 g/km 279 279


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