Advanced is the word in true sense to describe this car or rather hyper car, now who are we talking about, drum rolls please ! The Mclaren P1. The latest release from the workshops of Mclaren Automotive, made into headlines at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and began its deliveries to retail customers by the end of 2013. To make the car more exclusive the British automotive manufacturer made only 375 of these fast yet Eco friendly cars (compared with other super cars), like the price wasn’t going to be a factor of exclusivity! ( US$1,350,000).
It is considered to be the long-awaited successor to the McLaren F1, utilizing hybrid power and Formula 1 technology. It does not have the same three seat layout as its predecessor. The design of the headlights is very similar to the shape of the McLaren logo. the McLaren P1 is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine design that uses a carbon fiber monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called Mono-Cage, which is a development of the Mono-cell . The P1 features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that is only similar to the MP4-12C motor in its displacement. The twin turbos boost the petrol motor at 2.4 bar to deliver 727 bhp (542 kW) and 719 Nm (531 lb ft) at 7500 rpm, combined with an in-house developed electric motor producing 176 bhp (131 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb ft). With both motors, the P1 will have a total power and torque output of 916 PS (903 bhp) and 978 Nm (722 lb ft) respectively. The electric motor can be deployed manually by the driver or left in automatic mode, whereby the car’s ECUs ‘torque fill’ the gaps in the petrol motor’s output, which is considered turbo lag. This gives the power-train an effective power-band of almost 7000 rpm. The car is rear-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Power for the electric motor is stored in a 324-cell lithium-ion high density battery pack located behind the cabin, developed by Johnson Matthey Battery Systems. The battery can be charged by the engine or through a plug-in equipment and can be fully charged in two hours. The P1 comes with Formula 1 derived features such as the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which will give an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which operates the car’s rear wing, thereby increasing straight line speed, and a KERS. Both of these features (IPAS, DRS) are operated via two buttons on the steering wheel.The P1 will go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds, making it a full 5.5 seconds faster than the McLaren F1. It completes a standing quarter mile in 9.8 seconds at 152 mph (245 km/h). Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph (350 km/h). The P1 weighs 1,395 kg (3,075 lb), giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 647 bhp/tonne. The P1 also features bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres and specially developed carbon-ceramic brakes from Akebono. It takes 6.2 seconds to brake from 186 mph (299 km/h) to standstill, during which it will cover 246 metres. From 60 mph (97 km/h), it will cover 30.2 metres.
But with all these mind boggling yet outstanding values are we suppose to believe that this is even faster than the Buggati, well the Mclaren’s are a tad bit away from the benchmark that the Buggati has made with it w16. But also given the fact that we are talking about a car that is powered by hybrid technology and way lighter, this car is after all a seriously fast car to beat!!!