McLaren sets out to build the fastest production car—again
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Published on Mon, Apr 8, 2013
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
It may be déjà vu all over again. Back in the 1990s, the McLaren Group introduced its first road car, the McLaren F1. In its day, the F1 was the fastest production car you could buy. The carmaker hopes to repeat history. This time around, it’s not about top speed, but about how fast it can complete a race lap. And perhaps most surprising of all, this time it’s a plug-in hybrid electric car. First introduced in concept form back in 2009, the production car was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Ladies and gents, introducing the McLaren P1.
SPECIFICATIONS Name of vehicle: McLaren P1 Body Structure: Carbon Fibre MonoCage with aluminium front and rear frames Power configuration: Plug-in gas-electric hybrid IC Engine: 3799cc V8 Twin Turbo horsepower: 737 at 7500 rpm; torque (Nm): 720 at 4000 rpm Electric Motor: 179 horsepower at 0 rpm; 260 Nm torque at 0 rpm Combined power and torque: 916 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque Transmission: 7 Speed SSG; Powertrain Modes: E-mode / Normal / Sport / Track / Race Drivetrain Layout: Longitudinal Mid-Engine, RWD with integrated lightweight electric motor Suspension RaceActive Chassis Control Modes: Normal / Sport / Track / Race Active Aerodynamics; Active rear wing with DRS; Front underbody flaps Brakes: Akebono layered carbon ceramic discs with forged and hardened steel bells (F 390mm / R 380mm) Wheel Sizes (F/R): 19” x 9”J / 20” x 11.5” J Tires (F/R): Pirelli P Zero Corsa 245/35 ZR19 / Pirelli P Zero Corsa 315/30 ZR20 Dimensions Length (mm): 4,588; Width (mm): 1,946 without mirrors / 2,144 with mirrors; Height (mm): 1,188 Dry Weight (kg / lbs): 1,395 / 3,075
PERFORMANCE Power to weight ratio: 657PS (647 bhp) / tonne CO2: Less than 200g/km Maximum speed: 350 km/h (217 mph) electronically limited Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): Less than 3 seconds 0-200 km/h (124 mph): Less than 7 seconds 0-300 km/h (186 mph): Less than 17 seconds Visit www.mclarenautomotive.com for more details.