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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren unveiled the latest addition to its lineup: the new P1 supercar. Now, the company announced plans to unveil a new sports car each year. The first to arrive will be placed under the current MP4-12C . Codenamed "P13," this new sports car will be a little bit more practical than the 12C; "practical" meaning it will have a trunk, of course.

The new P13 will take aim at the Porsche 911 and models like it, and McLaren will price it a little under $200k. While no significant details have been revealed, it is rumored that the upcoming P13 will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C. We expect an output somewhere in the 500-horsepower area. On the outside, the P13 will feature design elements seen on the recently unveiled P1.

The new P13 will arrive in 2014, and McLaren hopes to to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.

Update 11/12/2013: We have created a rendering of the upcoming P13. Click past the jump to read more about the P13 and the rendering.

Update 12/11/2013: We’ve updated this review with the first batch of details (including an official teaser sketch) from McLaren. Click past the jump to read more about the P13 and the new details that have been disclosed.

Updated 03/27/2014: According to CarAndDriver the next P13 should be powered by a 3.8-liter V-8 engine with an output of about 500 horsepower. This should be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds and up to a top speed of 185 mph. Prices will start in the $180k area. The new P13 is expected to be unveiled sometime next year.

Source: MotorTrend
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When it comes to the McLaren P1 and its Nurburgring lap time, we’ve heard all sorts of rumors. The only problem regarding these rumors is that McLaren only said that the 7:03 lap time achieved back in September was a little bit slow, and that the P1 can do much better.

Now, in order to prove its statement, McLaren brought the P1 back to the "Green Hell" in an attempt to drop the lap time under seven minutes. Did McLaren achieve its goal? Apparently so, but McLaren was not kind enough to share the number with us, as all it said was that they took the P1 to Germany to "to go faster, push harder and brake later," just to lap the Nordschleife in under seven minutes.

Lets just hope a final lap time number will be released in the near future. Until then, at least we have a cool video to watch!

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McLaren Special Operation — MSO for short — is a special division of the company established back in August 2011. Since then, the best vehicles we’ve seen from them were the MP4-12C High Sport and the X1 .

While waiting for that special Project Alpha supercar , which MSO announced a while ago, it launched a very cool 12C concept car. It is, of course, a new design exercise that show the amazing bespoke capacities of the MP4-12C sports car .

Just like with all the other vehicles developed by MSO, this special 12C received a full package of bespoke features, including a revised hood, front wing louvers, new rear wing vents, a unique airbrake and a new roof, featuring an integrated snorkel that channels air into the engine. All these elements are made in carbon fiber.

The 12C also features titanium wheel bolts to help reduce unsprung weight and add strength to the hubs.

For the interior, MSO adds a carbon-fiber instrument cluster with integrated shift lights, and a color trim inspired by the body color.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 12C Concept Car by MSO.

Being Jay Leno comes with many perks, one of which is VIP tickets to the recently held US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Whereas most of us will be probably get lucky scoring grandstand seats, Leno doesn’t roll like that. He goes inside, deep into the heart of the event, to talk to a variety of individuals who played big roles in bringing Formula One back to U.S. soil.

Leno’s first interview was with renowned German racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for designing what would eventually be known as the Circuit of the Americas. From there, the comedian spends some time with an engineer from McLaren to discuss the finer points of an F1 car. That’s a conversation we’d love to be a part of.

Finally, Leno meets McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey before getting a chance to ride shotgun on a McLaren MP4-12C around the track.

The perks this man gets as one of the world’s foremost celebrity gear heads is downright incredible.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C

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We all know that Chris Harris often is one of the first to get his hands on the latest and greatest road-going cars in the world. However, he does occasionally get a crack at a racecar. And in the latest episode of Drive he got the chance to drive one of the best race cars in the world, at least according to him: the new McLaren 12C GT3 .

The MP4-12C GT3 is powered by a race-prepped 3.8-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine featuring McLaren Electronics ECU interfacing with Bosch ABS and Shiftec transmission control units. When compared to the road-going version, the GT3 version received a revised aerodynamics package that includes a new front splitter, front and rear diffuser and a huge, fully adjustable rear wing.

The MP4-12C GT3 is priced at $500,000, and according to Chris, it is the best toy to play with. Check him out testing the new GT3 on a race track in Woking, UK.

With Formula One moving toward making its cars more Eco-friendly, by limiting the number of engine and transmission swaps and eliminating in-race refueling, teams are having to find creative ways to get an advantage. Fortunately for Jenson Button, he doesn’t look much further than the sponsor who has a decal on the nose of his racecar .

That’s right, Button has found that an oil that you can pick up at your local parts store, Mobil 1, gives him the ability to overcome these new regulations and get the slight advantage he needs to take home first place. And this isn’t just hyperbole either, as he became the first F1 racer to ever win three Grand Prix races with the same engine with Mobil 1 providing the lubrication. In fact, 14 of his 15 GP wins have come with Mobil 1 products in his racecar.

According to Mobil 1, research shows that its products can extend fuel economy, and Button experienced this first hand in 2011. Button explains just how Mobil 1 oil helped him barely win the Japanese Grand Prix despite his critical fuel situation.

The video provides a little more detail on what Mobil 1 offers. And heck, if it’s good enough for an F1 car, why not use it in your road-going rig?

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McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 went into production in October, and it is now officially sold out. Earlier this year McLaren announced that all of the units destined for the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were spoken for, but a smattering of units remained available in Europe. Well, those last few units are now spoken for, and McLaren is officially closing up the order books.

In the U.S., sales spiked when a McLaren F1 sold at auction in Pebble Beach for a stunning $8.47 million. European sales had their own spike following McLaren’s confirmation that the P1 lapped the Nurburgring in under seven minutes earlier this month.

So now, the only chance for you to get the P1 is if a buyer happens to change his mind before taking delivery. McLaren is actually already prepping for this potential situation, as it has asked potential customers to register their interest in the P1, just in case a buyer decides this amazing supercar is not for them.

Up to this point only 12 P1s are complete, and 75 percent of P1 buyer have opted for some level of unique design from McLaren Special Operations.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: Autocar
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McLaren P13

Now that McLaren started producing the new P1 , its focus now moves to the long-rumored P13 — the company’s response to the Porsche 911 Turbo and others like it. AutoExpress managed to get its hands on few more interesting bits about the P13, including its output and pricing.

The next P13 will be entry-level McLaren model, and it will borrow design cues from the P1. It is expected to feature P1-style wraparound headlights with LED strips underneath and, of course, the two hood vents that give it that signature Mc:Laren look.

The P13 will sit on the same carbon-fiber monocoque as the 12C and P1, but its wheelbase will be shorter, making it more compact than its big brothers. These smaller dimensions will equate to lower weight and awesome agility.

Under its hood, Auto Express reports that the P13 will carry the same 3.8-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine as the 12C, but McLaren will detuned it to 450 horsepower — a reduction of 166 horsepower.

Despite the horsepower reduction, McLaren expects fantastic performance, thanks to its curb weight that will be below 12C’s 1,434 kg (3161-pound) curb weight. Giving up more than 350 pounds to the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo means that it will likely be a mean competitor for the German pedigree.

Expect the new McLaren P13 to be unveiled in late 2014 and to go on sale in 2015. Auto Express is reporting that the P13 will check in at £120,000 (about $193,500 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1 — the model that inspired the P13.

Source: AutoExpress
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Back in September, rumors were abound that the 2014 McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring track in only 7:04 , but new rumors now suggest that the P1 lapped the ring yesterday in just 6:47 seconds. The above video was taken during this alleged record-breaking lap.

McLaren has said nothing about this time just yet, so we don’t know just how official this time is. The company did confirm a while back that its newest supercar could lap the `Ring in less than seven minutes.

If this time turns out to be the real deal, then the P1 will become the fastest production vehicle to ever lap the circuit, beating the Radical SR8 LM by just a single second. This would also put the P1 well ahead of the new Porsche 918 Spyder , which lapped the ring in a time of 6:57.

Stay tuned to find out if this lap time is for real or not!

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The McLaren P1 is a huge step forward for the company and for the hypercar game in general. It represents the pinnacle of McLaren ’s knowledge in creating road cars that integrate the best Formula 1 technology to achieve searing performance on par with the best of the best from Ferrari and Pagani .

The P1 risked being overshadowed during its big debuts in Paris and Geneva, thanks to the concurrent reveals of LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Veneno , which both pack more styling drama and a more artful execution than the P1. Not one to shy away from competition, McLaren is ready for the sales brawl in the hypercar segment with their vision of the ultimate road car.

The difference for McLaren (versus Bugatti , for example) is that this is a make-or-break technical showcase whose failure could threaten the stability of the entire fledgling McLaren Automotive division. The Woking crew needs the P1 to be a real hero car in order for its marketing magic to trickle down to their 12C and upcoming 911-fighting P13 models.

Among the admirable traits of McLaren supremo Ron Dennis is his willingness to make running changes to the models. Following the 12C’s debut, the team bumped the power output, made the engine and exhaust much louder, and re-programmed the stability controls – all in the name of driving pleasure.

Will McLaren implement what they’ve learned from the 12C program to make the P1 a thrill to drive, or just a clenched-fist technical marvel?

Updated 04/30/2013: McLaren has unveiled a new video (above) featuring the new P1 supercar put under extreme testing in northern Sweden. Enjoy!

Update 10/21/213: McLaren has unveiled all of the performance specs for the P1, and that its first buyer took delivery today. See all of the official specs after the jump.

Click past the jump for the full review, the latest images of the P1 in Monaco, and new details on the engineering package.


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