McLaren’s P1 concept takes over where the F1 left off
When news broke out that the McLaren F1′s successor had been unveiled, I ran to my computer like a child running frantically to the ice cream man. Finally! McLaren’s follow up to the F1, which inspired a generation of automotive designers and engineers, had arrived. Then I read that the McLaren P1 concept car is a “design study”. Whatever they say, this is as close to the production model as it gets.
The new McLaren does not retain its successor’s 3-seat configuration, nor does it have a mighty BMW V12 in the rear. The P1 will have two seats, while power will come courtesy of the same V8 found in the MP4-12C; however, it’s expected to have significantly more power with 800hp on tap. McLaren have come out and said that the objective was not to build the fastest car in the world, a la Bugatti. Instead, they focused on building the best all round supercar.
Reporters that have seen the car in person said that the overall size is actually similar to a Porsche 911 GT3. That seems somewhat small in my head, but then again most people don’t realize that the McLaren F1 also had humble proportions.
More details are sure to follow, especially with the car being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in the coming days. I must say that I’m quite happy with the car’s design. It was always going to be a massive mountain to climb for any successor to the F1, but seeing what has been presented so far, McLaren are very much on the right track.Explore posts in the same categories: Automotive, Concepts comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.