McLaren showcases the all new P1 at the Paris International Motor Show
|   Monday, October 01, 2012
McLaren has unveiled the specifications of the ultimate supercar, the McLaren P1. The vehicle has a stunning power to weight ratio of more than 600 BHP per ton and the vehicle is lighter than the MP 412 – C and features power generation of 720 BHP and the car is set to be up for sale post 2013.

McLaren will not unveil details of the drive train, interior or technical specifications. However the engine is rumored to feature hybrid assistance. Company sources say that the vehicle has been inspired and designed from the racing wing of McLaren and the vehicle has the only goal of being the ultimate driver's car.


The concept P1 showcased at the Paris International Motor Show 2012 does not have an interior, but the exterior frame is said to be 90 % of what the actual car could look like. The P1 is said to generate close to 600 kg worth of down force and this is well under the car's maximum speed, as claimed by McLaren.

The top speed of the P1 could be as high as five times that of the MP 4 12 – C and at par with that achieved by the 12 C GT 3. The P1 was designed to be a vehicle that was extremely fast just when the driver wanted it to and the vehicle could be driven home comfortably without having to face any sort of high torque issues.

Road tests of the P1 are being conducted and McLaren is quite pleased with the outcome of the vehicle. The P1 will feature three distinct ride height modes that will enable the car to be driven for different purposes. The lowest will be set for track racing while the others can be used for cruising as well as tackling the city traffic.

When using the race mode ride height, the side skirts and front carbon fiber shafts are just a few mm off the ground and this means that any uneven surface could cause huge damage to the car and result in a major accident.
The P1 uses a set of carbon fibers for the body work and features a carbon fiber roll cage over the roof which is exposed over the vehicle and hence increases the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The air pressure is channeled into the engine bay and this helps the engine remain cool and prevents overheating.

The jelly mould engineering concept was used on the P1 to raise the issues of aerodynamics and improve the conditions and this is being used on McLaren vehicles ever since it found success.

The jelly mould was one in three design patterns shown to the McLaren top brass by the designers and it was selected at once due to its high potential. The McLaren P1 was initially being designed as a Le Mans racer and hence it features a long body line, low roof line and a long rear deck with open mesh and this showcases the mechanicals of the vehicle from outside.
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