The McLaren P1 was first unveiled in concept form at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and the production model is due to drop by an auto show sometime in 2013. We anticipate the production model hitting showrooms as a 2014 model, boasting a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with upward of 800 horsepower.
McLaren P1 unveil at the Paris Motor Show 2012 Exterior "It is engineering design led. Yet it is a striking and handsome car. The P1 reflects McLaren’s core values. It celebrates aerodynamics, great packaging and light weight. It is all about innovative technology. At the very beginning, we sought to develop a car that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it. Maximum speed was never a priority. It’s much more technically challenging, and more meaningful, to (...) More
So many enthusiasts are champing at the bit for the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, but that’s not the only car movie in the game right now. A movie based on the hit video game, Need For Speed, is currently in production and is penciled in for a March 14, 2014 release. According to a picture snapped in Mendocino County, California, it looks like the new movie will feature one of the car’s that impressed the world at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: the McLaren P1.
Along with the P1, the images also reveal a bunch of other great supercars, including the Porsche Cayenne, Ford Mustang, Bugatti Veyron and the Saleen S7.
The 2014 Need For Speed movie tells the story of a young man fresh released from prison. The street racer was framed by a wealthy business associate to join a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
When McLaren was testing the P1 prototypes, it announced that the company will focus on obtaining the best street and track performance, while top speed was left in second place. In an interview at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Ron Dennis announced the P1 will smash world records on both the Nürburgring and the Top Gear lap record at Dunsfold.
He claimed that the P1 will lap Nürburgring in under 7 seconds - a very ambitious plan considering the only two models that have managed to obtain this result were the Radical SR8 (6:55) and SR8 LM (6:48). Considering the MP4-12C lapped the famous ring in just 7:28, we presume that all the updates the P1 received are enough to considerably improve the supercar’s lap time.
When it comes about the Top Gear lap record, Dennis announced the lap time will be improved by 10 seconds when compared to the time obtained by the Pagani Huayra.
We are not too sure if these results will really be obtained, but for sure it was an attempt to steal the show back from the LaFerrari.
The new McLaren P1 supercar will make its world debut tomorrow at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but if you were lucky enough to be in Geneva today you could have already seen the P1 displayed on the Geneva floor, much like the lucky and hard-working YouTube user, Shmee150, who managed to shoot this cool video.
As no surprise, the production version remains pretty much identical to the concept car we saw back in 2012. Under the hood, the P1 will combine a revised 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with a low-weight, highly efficient electric motor. This hybrid system will deliver a total of 903 horsepower, which will sprint the P1 from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed electronically limited to 217 mph.
Full details on the new McLaren P1 will be revealed tomorrow during the car’s official debut in Geneva.