Text: Dean Ang / Photos: McLaren Press | posted March 07, 2013 17:40
World debut of McLaren's fastest car yet
After months of teasing with its interior, production details, hybrid powertrain, and performance figures, McLaren finally unveils the McLaren P1 to the world through the 83rd Geneva Motor Show wearing the brand's latest 'volcanic yellow' paint job.
Formula One reporter Lee McKenzie served as the host for the world debut of the P1 which McLaren executive chairman Ron Dennis proudly presented together with latest F1 recruit Sergio Perez. Both Dennis and Perez gave out their own testimonials about the car and its performance.
Given the amount of Formula 1 technologies carried over to the P1, it was no surprise when young F1 driver Sergio Perez stated that it was the closest thing to an F1 car that he has ever driven.
Furthermore, with its carbon fiber MonoCage body structure(weighing at 90kg) and powerful hybrid system which is capable of churning out a total of 903hp, outrageous performance figures will surely follow suit. It is five seconds quicker than the McLaren F1 in a 0 to 300km/h acceleration time which takes the P1 just 17 seconds to achieve before it eventually reach an electronically limited top speed of 350km/h.
Aside from its powertrain, another important factor in the P1's performance is its active aerodynamics that is comprised of the adjustable front and rear wings that deploys on demand and keeps the car planted to the ground. The rear wing is also part of the car's drag reduction system (DRS) to increase straight-line speed by reducing the amount of drag on the rear wing.
With all these power and performance figures released by McLaren, Ron Dennis tried to put it into context by claiming that the P1 will set new benchmarks by completing the Nordschleife in under 7 seconds. Dennis even claimed that the P1 is "clearly affordable" and an "absolute bargain" for a super car.
With its outrageous performance as claimed by McLaren, there's obviously no doubt to the reports that all 375 units being already accounted for.