McLaren P1 supercar revealed

Stephen Dobie
18 Sep 2012

The first images of the new McLaren P1 supercar are revealed ahead of its 2012 Paris motor show debut

The first pictures of the new McLaren P1 have been revealed. While officially a design study, it’s a thoroughly good preview of what the British company’s new hypercar (and long-awaited McLaren F1 successor) will look like. It had previously been known by its development codename P12, but when it battles the new-age Ferrari Enzo next year, it will be known as the P1.

No firm technical data has been revealed, but McLaren is being bold with its claims. McLaren MD Antony Sheriff says the P1’s goal is to be ‘the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.’ Sheriff says the P1’s aim is not to boast the fastest top speed in its class, but to be the most rewarding to drive.

While not officially confirmed, the P1 is set to use a heavily revised version of the MP4-12C’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, delivering around 750bhp. That’s not all, though; it’ll be complemented by a Formula 1-style KERS electric motor, which will operate through the dual-clutch gearbox and boost the total power output to around 850bhp.

Much under the skin will be related to the MP4-12C, including the ‘ProActive Chassis Control’ suspension set-up and the carbon tub. So the P1 will be similar in dimensions to the 12C, but it’s fair to say it possesses far more presence. It’s a wild looking car, and one that will make a bold statement in the hypercar class. Styling highlights include McLaren logos in the headlights, wildly sculptured doors and a hugely aggressive rear end. It’s also very easy to spot where aerodynamics have played their part in the P1’s looks.

There’ll be more information on the new McLaren P1 hypercar when it is revealed at next week’s 2012 Paris motor show. Sales are set to start in 2013, with a price tag of around £800,000 expected.

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