We’ve seen the McLaren P1 in its distinctive orange and black livery. We wondered what it would look like in other colours though! Wild-Speed drew up these exclusive renders for GTspirit.com that show the P1 in a wide variety of different colour schemes. We think it looks particularly good in solid black.
Of course, the McLaren P1 has its colour scheme for a reason. The black sections revealed on the original design, highligh areas of aerodynamic significance. It’s key to the entire P1 project, the idea of downforce. The design allows it to produce up to 600kg of downforce, five times more than the MP4-12C. For that reason, we’ve retained the black naked carbon highlights.
Among the most important details for the McLaren P1 project are the weight saving measures. While a full weight has not yet been released, we do know that McLaren opted to fit just two large clamshell single-moulded front and rear panels which attach to the central carbon MonoCage, itself an adaption of the monocoque found on the MP4-12C. Aside from two small access flaps at the rear, a front bonnet and the two doors, these are the only panels. Of course, all body panels are constructed from carbon fiber.
As far as rumours about the engine go, it’s expected that McLaren will fit their 3.8 liter V8 engine from the MP4-12C. The engine and transmission sit lower in the chassis. Power ratings could be over 800hp at 9,000rpm from the standard setup and approximately 960hp with a next-generation Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) boost offering an additional 160hp. 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.
Deliveries are expected to commence in late 2013, the year of McLaren’s 50th anniversary. Presumably, the order books are already open!