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McLaren P1: The F1 Successor

McLaren P1: The F1 Successor

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The McLaren F1 which was produced in the early 90’s is one of the most iconic super car of all time. At the time it used many exotic material such as carbon fiber, titanium, gold, magnesium, and kevlar. It was the first production car to use a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. This super car was powered by a BMW sourced 6.1-liter V12 producing 618 horsepower and 586 pound feet of torque. It was able to reach a top speed of 231 mph and set the world record for the fasted road car in the world in 1998. The McLaren F1 produced quite a few of histories first. Can McLaren do it again with the McLaren P1?

It has been 20 years since the iconic McLaren F1 has been unveiled to the world. And McLaren has unveiled the P1 which is being built as a replacement to the F1. A lot has changed during the last twenty years. Higher fuel prices, stricter emissions and safety standards have shaped the way that new vehicles are being designed and built.

The McLaren P1 continues the legacy of the F1 by being the ultimate modern super car. The new car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 paired to an electric motor and produces a combined 903 horsepower and 664 pound feet of torque. The McLaren can be powered by either the gas engine, electric motor, or a combination of the both. This makes the McLaren P1 a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The electric motor assists in boosting torque output via a steering wheel mounted button or can assist in regenerative braking to recharge the 324-cell liquid cooled battery. During acceleration, McLaren claims that the electric motor “fills in” the torque gaps after shifts and while the turbos spool. It also aids in faster upshifts by providing driveline drag to drop engine speed more quickly. There are a host of other modes such as Launch, Track, Race, Sport, and E to customize the McLaren P1 for any driving setting.

An engineering marvel, the kevlar and carbon fiber structure that makes up the vehicle weighs in at 198 pounds. This structure is attached to a front and rear all-aluminum subframe. The McLaren P1 with its extensive driving technology and hybrid tech weighs in at a minimal 3100 pounds dry.

For comparisons sake the P1 can achieve 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, the F1 took 3.2 seconds. The P1 can reach 186 mph in 17 seconds and the F1 in 20.3 seconds. Top speed of the P1 is an electronically limited 217 mph and the F1 was rev-limited to 231 mph.

For the past 20 years a lot has changed in the automotive industry, with added plug-in hybrid technology and safety standards, the P1 is still able to meet or beat the performance of the F1.

McLaren only plans to build 375 examples of the P1 for an estimated price of $1.15 million. Production of the P1 commenced at the end of September 2013.


Matthew SitachittBy: Matthew Sitachitt

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Source: Car&Driver, Wiki

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