We’ve had rumours and snippets all across the media in regards to the McLaren F1’s successor. Finally, the statistics have been unveiled, and they’re not for the faint of heart!
Eager not to disappoint, McLaren have endowed the car with a monumental 903bhp petrol-electric hybrid set-up which brings the car from 0-124 in sub seven second territory, which is faster even than Bugatti’s Veyron Super Sport.
A Concept In Production
The design has refreshingly changed very little from concept to production. It’s unique, but it’s a look we very much like. The petrol part of the hybrid consists of a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 727bhp of power and 720Nm of torque. The electric component adds a further 176bhp of power and 260Nm torque from 0 RPM – electricity isn’t just for Priuses!
Phenomenal F1 Technology
The configuration of the powertrain is based upon the Formula One KERS system, meaning that the electric motors spring into action whenever needed, in an instant, by using the Instant Power Assist System button on the steering wheel. This brings the 0-60 time below 3 seconds and 1-186mph time to less than 17 seconds, nine seconds faster than the McLaren F1! The top speed is limited to 217mph, which may disappoint anyone wishing to take it to the Bonneville Salt Flats, but that’s about it.
A Hybrid Too!
The McLaren P1 takes yet more inspiration from Formula One, as it has a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which is operated via another steering wheel button. This means that the rear aerofoil moves to reduce drag by 23%. If you’re feeling eco-friendly, you can drive the car in pure-electric mode which will get you six miles.. fairly paltry compared to modern hybrids, but then again this is a sports car and a heavy battery wouldn’t be great for performance. The battery is charged by the engine, or it can be charged via the mains, which takes two hours.
If you’ve got £866,000 to hand and have managed to get yourself on the waiting list, you’ll be able to pick one up. No word on motor insurance quotes yet, although they’re unlikely to be cheap – not that that’s a problem if you’ve got cash to splash. Its chief competition is the Ferrari Enzo’s successor which will be announced later this year at the Geneva Motor Show.