Before an all-new generation McLaren P1 hypercar arrives, the british supercar firm is reportedly busy developing a pure-electric variant of the previously hybrid P1.
That’s according to a report by the UK’s Auto Express, which claims that the new EV will even arrive with a price tag that undercuts the P1’s almost $2 million ask.
Don’t expect anything too cut-price though, as a member of McLaren’s top-tier Ultimate Series the P1 EV is targeting performance beyond that of the 675LT, and the price and positioning will be set accordingly.
Engineering teams will need to focus on weight savings wherever possible, to counter the weight gain caused by the additional batteries an EV requires. The P1 EV is set to be more than just a regular P1 with the twin turbo V8 engine deleted.
“An electric McLaren would need to manage 30 minutes on track with a 30-minute break before heading back out again,” an insider close to the project claimed.
That means that as well as scorching performance that will have to outgun the 675LT’s 2.9 second 0-100 km/h time, the P1 EV will also need rapid charge capabilities, to get the batteries back up to a useful state of charge in a limited time.
As a result, expect to see rapid-cycle battery technology that will enable the electric Ultimate Series car to discharge and recharge faster than a regular passenger EV, like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S, would be able to.
Cooling will also be a big challenge, with the electric system likely to generate considerable amounts of heat, both while the vehicle is moving under load, but also while stationary and recharging.
Whatever the challenges, this new P1 variant will be sure to stick with McLaren’s lightweight MonoCell carbon fibre and aluminium construction, with a version of the regular P1’s Kinetic Energy Recovery and Drag Reduction systems also honed and redeployed.
Although not a true successor to the P1, the electric variant will at least bridge the gap until an all all new Ultimate Series car arrives some time in 2023.
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