The new upcoming McLaren P1 hypercar has been spotted on the road after its conceptual release at the Paris Motor Show in September. It is unknown where the shots were taken.
The spyshots do provide us with a look at the radical design of the production model, which has entirely been transferred from the P1 Design Study. The only major difference visible at the rear are more traditional taillights.
The P1 was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance over top speed. A totally new perspective in the automotive world opening up bew possibilities of using Formula 1 techniques like DRS, KERS and developing an astonishing downforce of 600kg.
The engine and performance figures are yet to be officially released, it has been made pretty clear to us though that McLaren will use a modified version of the 3.8 liter V8 unit found in the MP4-12C. 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.
A production version will be made available within the next 12 months and the next release with figures and information will be at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year. For more information on the McLaren P1 Concept click here!
There’s also a wind screen wiper on the car… the rumor was P1 was to have a special film on the screen that meant it didn’t need a wiper. Maybe just the tester car has one?
While the glass might indeed feature the coating that Frank Stephenson had talked about, laws in various countries require a windscreen wiper so P1 will have one.
The tail lamps will not change from the concept to production. This test mule has been fitted with a set of 12C tails. Most prototypes are hacked together with available parts – sometimes simply to help disguise the final design.
Looks long from the side and I like the look of it from the side and front but I will have to get used to the back I guess.