McLaren has releaed new images of it's P1 hypercar, that show it in a new XP camouflage, during circuit testing. An updated car, perhaps even production ready, is expected to make its next public appearance at the Geneva motor show in March, disclosing those all-important powertrain details and performance figures. It’s already talking to potential customers, and has confirmed that deliveries will begin late in 2013.
Its highly aerodynamic shrink-wrapped body is far more than just a stylist’s dream. It will clothe a state-of-the-art hypercar structure and drivetrain that reintroduce McLaren into a market sector dominated by the Bugatti Veyron for almost a decade. In creating its new flagship, McLaren is putting everything it knows into what boss Ron Dennis has described as ‘the world’s most technically advanced supercar’.
According to McLaren, it’s fractionally longer than the 911, but only when the rear wing is raised. The design process took a circular course. The P1’s basic shape, which clothes that yet-to- be-revealed drivetrain and new ‘MonoCage’ structure (a development of the 12C’s already advanced ‘MonoCell’), was initially formed in the wind tunnel.
McLaren has focused its expertise on creating the world’s most advanced car and, as a Formula 1 constructor, carrying over as much motor sport technology to the road as possible. The P1’s active aero is particularly exciting. A company so intimately involved in this science, and possessing its own state-of-the-art development facility, is undoubtedly going to move the game on significantly.