Race-car maker’s two-seater expected to launch in 2013
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/28/2012 -- McLaren, maker of the famous F1 supercar, is planning a new road car that will challenge rivals Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche.
The vehicle, designated P1 at the moment, was announced by the British Formula One team and will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show. The P1 is expected to launch in 2013. McLaren has said it intends for the two-seat P1 to be, “the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.”
Official details of the car’s capabilities and mechanical specifications are not yet available. McLaren has said it will be more than a year before independent testers can check its performance. Sources have said it will feature an energy system styled after those of Formula One vehicles that will help provide 720kW. It will be driven by the MP4-12C’s 3.8-liter V8 engine.
“Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit,” said Antony Sheriff, Managing Director for McLaren. “It is the true test of a supercar’s all-round ability and a much more important technical statement.”
The price of the P1 is expected to be about 800,000 English Pounds, and it will be built only for left-hand drive.
The design of the car was clearly inspired by McLaren’s proud history. The headlamp graphic was fashioned from the company logo and the air scoop’s shape is based on the F1’s. “The P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,” McLaren boss Ron Dennis has said.
The P1, whose working title will be replaced by a production title with the MP4 designation, will be assembled at McLaren headquarters in Woking, England.
“It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made,” Sheriff said.
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