McLaren’s latest promo video for the McLaren P1 features a bit of extreme weather testing! The P1 is put through its paces on ice ahead of its first official public outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013. The official press release even states that the McLaren P1 is a matter of months away from customer deliveries!
The McLaren P1 will use a mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine fitted with two turbochargers and an electric motor. Together, this produces 916ps (903bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. The petrol engine alone produces 737ps (727bhp) at 7,500rpm, and 720Nm of torque from 4,000rpm with the electric motor supplementing 179ps (176bhp) and 260Nm of torque. The power is channeled through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels.
The McLaren P1 was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance. As a result, the designers spent many hours in a wind tunnel and behind the computer with CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling. It produces a staggering 600kg of downforce from well below top speed, five times more than the McLaren MP4-12C. In fact, it’s closer to the GT3 racer than anything else.