McLaren P1

McLaren P1The new McLaren P1 hypercar.. It’s certainly got the wow factor, 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 which will hit 60mph in under 3 seconds and go on to over 200mph. Packed full of F1 technology including KERS, this can’t be anything less than a winner.

The McLaren P1 is a forthcoming plug-in hybrid supercar by English automotive manufacturer McLaren Automotive. The concept car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and is considered to be the long-awaited McLaren F1 successor utilizing hybrid power and Formula 1 technology. It will not have the same three seat layout as its predecessor, the McLaren F1. The design of the headlights is also reminiscent of the McLaren logo.
As with the McLaren F1 road car of 1992, the McLaren P1 is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage, which is a development of the MonoCell used in the current MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider upgrade that came out in early 2012.
The P1 features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, a heavily revised version found in the MP4-12C, but tuned to deliver 727 bhp and 531 lb ft at 7500rpm. Combined with an in-house developed electric motor, which produces 176 bhp and 192 lb ft, the P1 will have a total power and torque output of 903 bhp and 664 lb ft respectively. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission.
Power for the electric motor is stored in a 324-cell lithium-ion high density battery pack located behind the cabin. The battery can be charged by the engine or through plug in-equipment and can be fully charged in two hours. The car can be operated using either the petrol engine, the electric motor, or with a combination of the two, and has an all-electric range of up to 20 km (12 mi) at an average speed of 31 mph.
The P1 comes with Formula 1 derived features such as the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which will give an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which operates the car’s rear wing, thereby increasing straight line speed, and a KERS. Both of these features (IPAS, DRS) are operated via two buttons on the steering wheel.
The P1 will go from 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in under 7 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 17 seconds, making it 5 seconds faster than the McLaren F1. Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph. The P1 also features bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres and specially developed carbon-ceramic brakes from Akebono.

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