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.


Source: Piston Heads

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  (177) posted on 07.19.2009

I guess, using the same XP code names employed on the mid-1990s McLaren F1 project and the more recent Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the prototypes of the carbon-fiber and aluminum two-seaters are testing the basic mechanical components before the car’s launch.

  (79) posted on 07.19.2009

I’m sure they are. It looks like most of the body panels are pre-production. They’re just testing the chassis at this point.

The entire front end looks exactly like a 430

  (137) posted on 07.19.2009

Anyone else find it curious that the camo on this car is the same as the "Acura NSX" parading around the ’ring?

I think they are trying to break the car.

This is far from the typical situation this car will operate in, but any company worth a damn has to do these tests! (from a quality assurance POV)

  (137) posted on 07.19.2009

I don’t think they will come close to the performance of the old F1, but I still think it is a great car with some Ferrari, R8 and Lambo styling cues. All with a hint of Japan in there somewhere.

I’d like to see some diesel technology as well. I’m worried it will be overpriced for the market it is in.

  (231) posted on 07.19.2009

If you look at the body panels, none appear to be the production parts, not even pre-production. The cut line at the rear window, and the position of the spoiler on two posts indicate the rear end will be much lower than the bloated rear quarters on the car in the pics. Likewise, if you look at the panels inside the look alike F430 nose, you see them set well back behind the panels. I believe, based on these photos, that the fender lines of the car will be much lower and leaner than the camoflage would make you think

  (116) posted on 07.19.2009

I have my doubts that this will be the spiritual successor to the F1. The F1 was ground breaking and utterly astonishing. If there is a modern-day F1 on the roads, it is the Veyron.

Like Nuieve said, it looks like a cookie-cutter supercar. That is not to diminish its status as an exotic, its just not going to be spoken of the way the F1 was/is.

  (289) posted on 07.19.2009

This is no F1 replacement!"

Correct, here’s a very simple check. Is Murray doing it? No? Alright then it won’t be as good. It’s as simple as that, there isn’t another automotive/designer/engineer mind out there like his Today. the F1 was what it was because HE made it, not because McLaren screwed it together. But this is a company who frequently works with Mercedes so trading inferior products on a name shouldn’t be that surprising.

  (314) posted on 07.19.2009

generally felt supercars shouldn’t be driven below 50F. When/if Formula One decides to race in Green Bay in the winter, I might come off this position.

Utterly stupid to take this kind of car out in the snow....wheels/tires optimized for snow, whatever.

I suppose they have to do this for emissions certification purposes or some other bureaucratic mumbo jumbo...but really.

  (318) posted on 07.19.2009

McLaren is nearing the end of its commitment with Mercedes for the McLaren SLR, a car that is most assuredly fast but still not allowed in the super car club. The P11 will be more like a spiritual successor to the famous F1 that still reigns as one of the greatest super cars of all time. Whether or not the P11 can fill those shoes remains to be seen, but based on these spy shots, it will most definitely look the part

  (421) posted on 07.19.2009

The car’s designer, Frank Stephenson, is also rumored to be baking roadster and racing variants into the car’s new design. Another thing that the P11 will borrow is its engine, which is rumored to be a version of the 6.2L V8 used by Mercedes-Benz in its high performance AMG cars. Power is expected to be in the 550-600 range, with the car’s overall curb weight rumored to be less than 3,000 lbs

  (182) posted on 07.19.2009

The car is nice in the photo but the first thing that came into my mind is how come they are there? I’m not sure on how test drives last but I was hoping that one full tank would be able to do it. Could it be possible that it consumes too much gas that they needed a refill or is it because the gas container is too small?

  (180) posted on 07.19.2009

2010 has promised every car enthusiasts with wonderful cars for the market. One of which, of course, is the McLaren. I can’t wait to see what beneath those black and white spots.

  (177) posted on 07.19.2009

Performance wise, I am assuming that Mclaren P11 would weigh lesser than its direct competitors like the Ferrari 430. It would be such a waste if they would come out with a new car that would be able to match with what is already in the market.

  (182) posted on 07.19.2009

Beautiful. That’s the word. It seems that Ferrari F430 is up for a new challenge now, only tougher and definitely much more challenging. From what I know, this car would carry a different name. A name that is bound to make history and we’re sure to find out about with probably months or weeks before its big launching in 2010. I’m so excited!

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