Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The tantalising tech of the McLaren P1

LIFE ON CARS doesn't really do press releases normally but one with the McLaren Automotive logo on it can't help but brighten up your Wednesday morning.

Yes, it's some technical details of the company's new P1 supercar - spiritual successor to the legendary F1, don'tcha know - for you to gawp at. Thanks to its starring turn at the Paris Motor Show last October we all know what it looks like but it's only now Euromillions winners, city bankers and Chris Evans have got a chance to find out what sort of hardware it's got to back up that striking shape.

Hardware that includes a "substantially revised" version of the MP4-12C's twin-turbo, 3.8 litre V8, meaning it now kicks out no less than 727bhp, which is almost exactly 100bhp more than the McLaren F1 had at its disposal. Not that it stops there, however, because like the rival Porsche 918 Spyder it also uses batteries to make it even more of a belter, with the electric equivalent of 176bhp on offer through a Formula One-style boost system for when a P1's pilot really wants to press on. All of which means you have a combined total of 903bhp. Count 'em.

Admittedly, that's not as much as the world's fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport, but then the McLaren's much lighter and is aiming to be the ultimate driving experience rather than simply the one which can notch up the biggest numbers. Oh, and as you can see from the pic of the prototype above its exhaust spits blue flames at you when you open the throttle, which is very cool.

All I can do is keep my fingers crossed for my numbers coming up this Friday night!

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