McLaren F1 successor revealed: P1 sportscar is the result of 50 years of development in car racing (Photos)
McLaren P1, the lightweight and powerful sportscar will be on display at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. McLaren Automotive has also revealed that they will began sales of P1 from next year. The McLaren P1 is a successor to the legendary F1. It is a supercar par excellence. McLaren says that P1 is the result of 50 years of racing and knowledge of auto engineering.
Production of the P1 will commence sometime in 2013 while it will be positioned above the 12C and 12C Spider both where price and performance are concerned. P1 is expected to be in a price range of £800,000 and will be limited to just 500 units. McLaren P1’s first production version will be shown next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of McLaren. McLaren Automotive has not revealed any other details but sources confirm that the P1 is poised for daily use as was seen with the MP4-12C with a similar windscreen, A Pillars and slim width.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive MD, says, “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. It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.”
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McLaren Automotive will use its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar – the McLaren P1 – which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. The McLaren P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, the McLaren P1 is previewed as a design study. Next year a production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed.
‘The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,’ says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. ‘Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.’
‘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,’ says McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff. ‘It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.’
When the McLaren P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.
More information will be released following the McLaren Automotive press conference scheduled for 17.45 CEST (16.45 BST), on Thursday 27 September 2012.