McLaren boss Ron Dennis revealed more details about the successor of the iconic F1. The new McLaren supercar dubbed P12 won’t be a fast as the iconic supercar from the nineties ‒ once the world’s fastest production road car ‒ and shall not beat the Bugatti Veyron in terms of top speed.
The McLaren F1 has a top of 372km/h with rev limiter or 391km/h ith rev limiter removed. While speaking to Drive.com.au Dennis said trying to beat the F1’s or Veyron’s top speed is out of the question. He said:
The MP4-12C will go around any circuit in the world faster than an F1. Don’t get fixated by top speed. That’s the first thing you have to discard in today’s society.
Instead of top speed, Dennis regards a complete package of performance to be more important to rival the supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Therefore the F1 successor will be the world’s most technologically advanced supercar.
What you’ve got to have is a complete package of performance. You’ve got to embrace technologies that are out there that are accepted, and some that don’t even exist. I can tell you our next car has many things on it that don’t exist at the moment.
The powertrain of the McLaren P12 will be borrowed from the MP4-12C. The output of the 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 will be upgraded to as much as 800 horsepower. It is likely this engine will be coupled with a hybrid system for more performance and to save fuel. This would suggest the P12 would feature a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) system, inspired by McLaren’s experience in Formula 1 racing.
Also taken from the MP4-12C is the carbon fiber monocoque, designated by McLaren as the monocell. This central structure will also be used on a new and cheaper model positioned below the MP4-12C.
The design of the P12 will be more aggressive than the deliberately conservative styled MP4-12C. Dennis said the new supercar will look entirely different. Earlier was reported the British sports car will have dramatic styling, as an insider reportedly said the McLaren P12 looks “like something out of iRobot” and will feature a double-bubble roof and a canopy-like greenhouse.
The new McLaren will be produced in a relatively low volume, between 300 and 500 units. Dennis is also said the new car will be more expensive than the MP4-12C, but he did not disclosed any further information about the estimated price tag. The McLaren CEO said he hopes the next generation supercar will be hailed as the most innovative and creative supercar of its time.
It is rumored that the McLaren P12 will make its official debut during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco the 27th of May. Stay tuned for more news about the most anticipated supercar of the year.