McLaren Automotive has finally released the final numbers, images and information relating to its hybrid McLaren P1 ahead of its global reveal nest week at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show.
The company developed what it calls a race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS). With the help of this IPAS system, the supercar will go from zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 kph (124 mph) in under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 kph (186 mph) will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds.
McLaren said it has been engaging with potential customers actively in the last few months to get their views on the McLaren P1, about the car’s styling. Their unanimous verdict on the styling was not to change the car presented last September in Paris. So unusually, the McLaren P1 has translated to production form with very little change. In fact just one, the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimize downforce.
McLaren has announced that it will limit production numbers to just 375 units.
As already announced, the McLaren P1 will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants. A mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 internal combustion engine is combined to large turbochargers and a highly effective electric motor, to provide a combined output of 903 horsepower.
The tires installed on the McLaren P1 are specially developed Pirelli P Zero Corsas. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development program.
To slow down a vehicle reaching such high velocity, McLaren engineered braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. Developed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively, giving the highly efficient braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability.
Being equipped with an electric motor, the caP1 can also be driven in pure electric mode. In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean according to McLaren a range of up to 20 km (12.5 miles).