The astonishing new $1.15 million McLaren P1 is intended to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. To achieve this objective, McLaren is using all of its 50 years of racing experience and success, especially in the fields of aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber technology. The result is a car that has an unprecedented amount of downforce for a road vehicle. This downforce not only boosts cornering and braking performance – it also helps balance, stability and driveability at all speeds.
To deliver exceptional straight-line performance and instant throttle response, the P1 uses an innovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain comprising a substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor. Combined power output is 903 hp. Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph, with the 0-63 mph standing start acceleration taking less than three seconds.
The astonishing technology developed for the P1 includes active aerodynamics, adjustable suspension and adjustable ride height as part of the new hydro-pneumatic suspension. Other areas of F1 technology evident on the P1 include the revolutionary layered carbon ceramic brakes, the IPAS (Instant Power Assist System), while DRS (Drag Reduction System) is also used on the P1, giving extra power and straight-line speed, both at the touch of a button.
The interior of the P1 offers the driver and passenger a cocooning, efficiently-packaged, comfortable cabin. Light weight, as with the rest of the car, is a priority, yet the McLaren P1 retains luxury features such as full climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke sound system, developed from the outset with Meridian. Inside the two-seat cabin carbon fibre is used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors and rockers and a single piece is shaped for the central control unit to further optimize weight.