Development and testing continues on the successor to McLaren's legendary F1 supercar, known as the P1. So that we don't forget (could we?), McLaren has issued a new teaser clip.
While the P1 has already been revealed in concept form, the car we see here is wrapped in new camouflage, suggesting the supermarque is not quite finished with the car's styling.
The prototype shown lapping a race circuit in the video suggests that the production model will remain mostly faithful to the concept’s wild styling, with all visible apertures and shut lines seeming unchanged.
The head and taillights of this prototype are just stand-in units for the time being, but the video suggests the concept’s wheel design will remain unchanged.
The British supercar manufacturer unveiled the P1 concept at September’s Paris Motor Show, and this new video includes the simple message; “Since then, we’ve been busy.”
Set to sit above McLaren’s exisiting MP4-12C supercar, the production P1 promises performance to rival the likes of the Koenigsegg Agera R, Pagani Huayra, and the upcoming Ferrari F70 and Porsche 918 Spyder.
"Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made", Mclaren road car boss Antony Sheriff said.
McLaren is yet to confirm technical specifications, but the production P1 is expected to employ a Formula One-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to boost the performance of an uprated version of the MP4-12C’s 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8.
Aerodynamics are also expected to be key to the P1’s capabilities, with active wings front and rear to automatically balance downforce and drag - keeping the P1 optimised for both straight-line speed and cornering and braking stability.
The P1’s structure will be based on an evolution of the MP4-12C’s MonoCell carbon fibre/aluminium tub dubbed ‘MonoCage’, with the P1’s tub integrating side and roof air intakes and increased attention to passenger safety.
Production of the P1 is set to commence before the end of the year, leading some to suggest the finished product could appear as soon as the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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