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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Mclaren P1 Prototype (nee. HyperSupercar) storms Paris 2012
McLaren P1 prototype storms Paris motor show
By: Greg Kable on 9/18/2012
Twenty years after McLaren first entered the supercar ranks, the now-mythical F1 has a true spiritual successor--the P1.
The range-topping McLaren debuts as a prototype at the Paris motor show. A production version will be revealed in 2013 and it's expected to launch within a year. It joins the MP4-12C coupe and spider to form a potent lineup aimed at netting McLaren as many as 4,000 sales worldwide by the middle of the decade.
The P1 is believed to be a working title that will give way to a definitive production name carrying the famed MP4 designation used on all of McLaren's Formula One cars since 1981. The supercar is expected to draw power from an upgraded version of the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 used by the 12C, fortified with a kinetic-energy recovery system.
The P1 is based around a modified version of the MP4-12C's carbon-fiber monocoque, with unique front and rear subframes supporting an advanced chassis.
McLaren aims to challenge the likes of Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche as a maker of the world's most sought-after supercars on the back of an illustrious history in Formula One racing. Its goal for the P1 is simple: “to be the best driver's car in the world—on road and track.”