Easy question: how many time do you think you will have the chance to drive a drop-top Ferrari 458 and catch a McLaren P1 out for a test drive? Pretty much never. But Youtube user Shmee150 seems to be the only guy in the Universe with such an amazing luck.
The guy was out for a ride in a friend’s 458 Spider, when he spotted a McLaren P1 supercar. It is pretty easy to imagine that he has started to chase the P1 supercar and managed to shot this impressive video.
The problem is that when the P1 driver realized he was being chased he took his car back to the McLaren Technology Center. Unfortunately for him, he got stopped behind a broken down Peugeot on the roundabout outside, and Shmee150 used the opportunity to take some close shots of the next P1 supercar.
When it comes to the upcoming McLaren P1 we have seen it all, but we do not know any concrete details about it. How’s that? On one hand, we may say we know how it looks because we have seen a concept version of it, but we all know that the production version may feature a slightly different design. Additionally, everyone is speculating about its engine, but McLaren hasn’t released any final specifications just yet.
So you see, you may think you know a lot about the upcoming P1 supercar, but in fact none of us know any real details on it.
Despite the missing details, everyone has to agree that the P1 will be an amazing supercar according to what we saw with the concept, what McLaren promised us and what people who have tested the prototype version have said.
With this is mind you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that McLaren has been flooded with orders for their upcoming supercar. In fact, they have received so many requests that they are now ready to close the order book.
A McLaren owner who placed a deposit for the P1 suggested that the company had already taken deposits for about 120 units and will close order book in mid-February. We can’t be too sure what this means exactly, since initial details suggested McLaren plans to develop a total of 500 units.
From the looks of it, this closing of the books is just for the initial stage of ordering, but we can’t stop thinking that McLaren may have chosen to reduce the number of P1s it will manufacture. We also have to take into account that the buyer who passed on this information may be full of hooey. We’ll see…
Is it us or is the McLaren P11 supercar making some sort of track-testing world tour?
Days after being spotted in Bahrain doing a few test laps, McLaren’s latest creation was again spotted doing another testing session, this time, at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.
As was the case in Dubai, the P11 is still wrapped under some – and we’ll be honest – pretty hideous camouflage. Nevertheless, the car is expected to look nothing like the zebra-striped abomination we’ve been seeing for the past couple of months.
We can definitely say for sure that as soon as the covers are lifted; expect the P11 – or whatever its name is going to be – to be nothing short of spectacular.
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The McLaren P11 super car has been spotted again testing in Bahrain. The future McLaren is in the final stages of testings before its official debut this fall. The highly anticipated super car will compete head to head with models like the Ferrari F-430 and Lamborghini Gallardo when it goes on sale in 2011.
The P11 will be powered by a 500 HP version of the Mercedes Benz V8 tweaked by McLaren, at the Mahle Power train facility in the U.K. The engine will send power directly to the rear wheels via a semi-automatic gear box featuring race-inspired steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The road going McLaren will be able to do the 0 to 60 MPH sprint in under 4 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 200 MPH.
The future McLaren P11 super car has been caught while topping off at a local filling station during a developmental testing run near Cranleigh in Surrey in the U.K. The future supercar will be a direct competitor for the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo when it goes on sale in 2011.
The P11 will be powered by a 500 HP version of the Mercedes Benz V8 tweaked by the company responsible for making F1 pistons, Mahle, at the Mahle Power train facility in the UK. The engine will send power directly to the rear wheels via a semi-automatic gear box featuring race-inspired steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The road going McLaren will be able to do the 0 to 60 MPH sprint in under 4 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 200 MPH.
One of the most fabled and most sought-after supercars in the history of supercars is about to have its first offspring.
For the past 13 years, the McLaren F1 has captivated car enthusiasts the world over as one of the fastest and most acclaimed production cars in history. And now that the company has – for the very first time – decided to introduce new models in the coming years, fans of the fabled super car are waiting with baited breath for the day when the new McLarens will be unveiled.
While the cars have yet to be revealed let, alone be named, rumors have been spread that three new models are expected to be rolled out of Woking, England. One of the said models happens to be an entry-level sports car (at least for McLaren standards) that is expected to fetch a price tag of $100,000 while another model rumored to be in production is a V8 sports car that will most likely go head-to-head –to-head with the Ferrari F430s and the Lamborghini Gallardos of the world.
The last of the three models is McLaren’s new crown jewel – the direct successor of the McLaren F1.
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The McLaren P11 was shown at a press event in the U.K. last week. Unfortunately no photos were allowed, but Autocar was able to confirm hat we already suspected. When the car arrives around 2011 it will be powered by a reworked Mercedes V8 and will carry many design elements of the McLaren F1.
The real shocker from the event was McLaren’s ambition for the future. The British firm wants to make about 4,000 examples of the P11 annually, and the supercar firm doesn’t plan to move this amount of cars through budget pricing. Antony Sheriff, managing director of McLaren Automotive, said the cars will be "more exclusive and priced at a premium" compared to rivals. The P11’s expected €100,000 price tag (currently about $130K), which is higher than a Porsche 911, but it is well under a 911 Turbo
There are also reports that the supercar company wants to expand into a three-car lineup, including an F1 revival. To full accomplish this, McLaren needs to appear to stand on its own. It’s building its own dealer network as well as planning a brand new factory.
McLaren just can’t seem to keep the P11 inside. Last week it was caught playing in the snow, and now here’s a new spy shot showing testers letting the cold get inside the car. We can now see that the supercar is sporting A-pillar hinged doos much like another McLaren product, the Mercedes SLR.
The P11 will go into production in 2010 and will compete with models like Ferrari F430. Rumors suggest the car will be powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 500 hp. The body and chassis will both be made of lightweight carbon composites, so it should tip the scales at under 2500 lbs. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in around 4 second and top speed should be around 200mph.
After the first spy shot of the McLaren P11, the future supercar has been caught again. This time the P11 prototype was caught doing some cold weather testing in Sweden.
The P11 will go into production in 2010 and will compete with models like Ferrari F430. Rumors suggest the car will be powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 500bhp. The body and chassis will both be made of lightweight carbon composites, so it should tip the scales at under 2500 lbs. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in around 4 second and top speed should be around 200mph.
McLaren has plans to lose the top on its P11 supercar. It’s unclear if the roadster is considered a second car in the three car plan, but the rendering above does seem like the P11 was always made for open top motoring.
The setup of the car is geared toward lightweight and strength. Under the skin of the P11 seems to be a carbon fiber tub connecting two aluminum subframes. One subframe carries the front suspension, and the other carries the engine, transmission and rear suspension assembly.
Previous reports suggested that the engine for the P11 would be a 6.2-liter V8 sourced from Mercedes. According to Autocar, McLaren will be utilizing the smaller 5.5-liter unit and will have the German engineering firm Mahle rework the entire unit.