McLaren Automotive’s patent filings for the McLaren P1 reveal a car that differs slightly from the official concept released last week. With only three paragraphs of text and three photographs revealed at the moment, it’s suggested by l’Automobile Magazine that the drawings represent a production ready version of the P1.

Having only seen three photos of the P1, these patent drawings make it clear that McLaren fitted a large machanical rear wing. The patent drawings reveal further design changes including a longer front spoiler and a new set of air vents below the front wheel arch. What’s truly remarkable is the similarities in profile between the P1 and McLaren’s last hypercar, the F1.

We expect to hear more about the P1 design study before we get to the Paris Motor Show. So far, rumours suggest that it will use a highly modified version of the MP4-12C‘s 3.8 liter V8 engine tuned to 800hp and complete with a KERS system for the occassional boost up to a total figure of 960hp. These figures could make the new McLaren P1 the fastest accelerating production car in the world with a sprint time from zero to 100km/h in less than 2.3 seconds. The top speed will be hypercar-like, but stays short to the Veyron.

Although we mention the F1 above, the P1 will be a completely different vehicle. It won’t set top speed world records but instead, will focus on producing a world-class track package. To do so, it will use a modified version of the excellent MP4-12C chassis structure. With its carbon fiber Monocell it will weigh less than 1,300kg.

To say that we can’t wait to see the P1 is an understatement. If even half of the rumours turn out to be true, it will be an excellent car!

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