The McLaren P1 hypercar is edging closer and closer to its full unveiling at the 2013 Geneva motor show. The latest taster from McLaren – following Jenson Button driving a P1 prototype into the F1 team’s new car launch – is a peek inside the interior.
Fitting with McLaren’s aim to make this ‘the best driver’s car in the world’, the interior is very pilot-orientated, with a windscreen deeper than it is wide (to boost visibility), an overhead glass canopy and a minimalist dashboard layout.
The other focus has been on weight saving, so the P1’s carbonfibre chassis is supplemented by the material’s use for dashboard, floor, headlining, doors and centre console. By leaving the carbon without a lacquer finish, McLaren has saved a further 1.5kg. Interior sound deadening has been completely shunned, though floor carpets are at least optional. If selected, they too benefit from lightweight construction.
Two carbon-shell racing bucket seats come as standard (no McLaren F1-aping three-seat layout, sadly), weighing 10.5kg each. The seat backs are fixed at 28 degrees but can be set to 32 degrees if more helmet room is needed. Seat heights will be custom set for driver and passenger but are adjustable in a workshop. Both regular seatbelts and six-point race harnesses can be fitted.
Even the steering wheel has been pored over, with its diameter replicating the Formula 1 car’s via CAD modeling systems. It’s wrapped in Alcantara, with carbon inserts.
The McLaren P1 is set to shine at the 2013 Geneva motor show in early March. Expect more drop-fed details and images on the MP4-12C’s burlier brother in the weeks beforehand.