McLaren has released the first official images of the new P1 design study, which will subsequently become a production model next year with sales starting within a year after that. The production version will be the successor of the legendary McLaren F1, whose production ended in 1998.
"The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage," says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. "Twenty years ago we set the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again."
The British supercar maker says that the P1’s goal is to become the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track. No details were released regarding the source of motivation but reports suggest that the car may utilize a tuned version of the MP4-12C’s forced-fed 3.8-litre V8. In addition, it could be equipped with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to produce in excess of 700bhp.
The black panel of honeycomb mesh at the rear makes the car look pure menacing while the high centrally-mounted exhaust pipe reminds us of a fighter jet. The enormous wheel arches makes the car look ready to pounce even when stationary.
McLaren commented that the P1 will slot above the 12C and 12C Spider in terms of performance and price. More details will be revealed during the car’s launch at the Paris Motor Show.
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