McLaren P1 Design
A million-dollar, carbon-fiber-bodied McLaren prototype known as the 2015 McLaren P1 specs were aimed to change the supercar world. If it feels as though you are suffering from déjà vu, you are not alone. We saw this, in the early ‘90s, with McLaren’s mighty F1. Back then, such companies as Jaguar and Bugatti were vying for supercar supremacy through the title of the world’s fastest production car.
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To build a street-legal F1 car, Design Director Frank Stephenson was asked to shrink-wrap a functional and attractive body of carbon fiber around the chassis. The McLaren P1 specs called for several areas of the MonoCage to be exposed to the world. Not only does this save weight, it shows the one-piece chassis as a work of art. Sculped after countless hours in virtual modeling and the wind tunnel, the design allows the McLaren P1 top speed to be 217 mph.
McLaren P1 Engine
Taking the reins where the F1 left off, the McLaren P1 specs an advanced combination of twin turbochargers and electric motor muscle. It starts with 12C’s 3.8- liter forced induction V-8, an engine designed entirely in-house with dry-sump lubrication and a low-positioned flat-plane crankshaft. The turbochargers are new and run at 20 psi compared to 17 psi in the 12C. With a few other tweaks for cooling and durability, the already amazing output of 616 horsepower has been raised even further.
This allows the McLaren P1 horsepower to measure in at 727 at 7,500 rpm. But wait; there’s more! To drive the car directly for up to six miles, it draws on the power of a single electric motor, utilizing its 176 horsepower and 192 foot-pounds of torque to fill in the torque gaps during shifts, to drive the car directly for up to six miles, or for an explosion of power by way of the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) button.
McLaren P1 Transmission
In order to handle the massive power, Graziano transmission of Italy was asked to strengthen their 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The McLaren P1 specs include the IPAS electric system that provides more power than many economy cars. But instead of a complex arrangement along with the transmission, it is simply bolted to the left side of the engine. Driven directly by the transmission’s input shaft, it can send or recover electrical power to the High Voltage battery. So if you don’t need V8 power, a charged battery will offer 19 miles of silent, electric cruising.
- The large rear wing adjusts automatically to boost downforce.
- All examples will be produced in left-hand drive.
- Active aerodynamics produce up to 1,323 pounds of downforce, the most of any production car.
McLaren P1 Brakes
To stop such a powerful machine, McLaren turned to their Grand Prix brake supplier Akebono. The McLaren P1 specs required a carbon-ceramic rotor capable of absorbing and dissipating 50% more energy than the brakes on its predecessors. The rotors are infused with silicon carbide, one of the hardest compounds ever created. While it does have a tendency to chew up brake pads, the rotors retain a mirror finish for years. This system run cooler than other carbon ceramic systems in normal driving. But if you put the spurs to your P1, they can operate 300* Fahrenheit above any other system.
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Driving in traffic, the amount of power provided by IPAS really depends on how much electrical energy is left in the battery pack. Located just behind the passenger cabin are six modules, composed of 324 battery cells. Unlike so many hybrids, the P1 does not use kinetic energy from the braking system to recharge the battery. Instead, it captures energy normally wasted as the engine decelerates, say when lifting off the throttle, or it can be recharged directly by the V-8 engine with the press of the Charge button when the car is at a standstill.
2015 McLaren P1 Specs:
HP: 903 hp
Torque: 664 lb-ft
0-60: 2.7 seconds
Top Speed: 217 mph
Weight: 3,411 lbs
1/4 Mile: 9.8 @ 148.9 mph
McLaren P1 Price
The one place we hope the P1 and F1 really diverge is in the number of units sold. McLaren had hoped to sell 300 F1s until the supercar market took a plunge, leaving it with just 64 road-going cars before production stopped. McLaren has sold their entire production run of P1s—375 examples. When we have one at a show, we are often asked: “How Much Is A McLaren P1?” When the order books were opened for US dealers, the starting price was $1,150,000. For the ultimate example, the P1 GTR, one of our consigners has the first street-legal P1 GTR listed at $7,000,000. McLaren has repeatedly stated there will not be a hybrid successor in the near future, so expect values to rise for these amazing machines.
McLaren P1 Interior
Open the dihedral doors and you will find the McLaren P1 specs an interior of elegance and functionality. The center control panel is sharply angled to the driver. Not only does this give quick access to change the aero and suspension settings, it reduces glare for long endurance races. You will be coddled in Alcantara-clad carbon fiber seats, and they arrive with provisions for racing harnesses. The same microsuede material compliments the carbon fiber steering wheel. This ergonomic wheel has controls for the DRS and IPAS systems placed perfectly under your thumbs. If you aren’t racing, the Meridian Audio offers a perfect soundstage with cinematic quality audio.
McLaren P1 Standout Features
Like a giant Lego car, the body of the McLaren P1 consists of only 5 pieces. They are: front and rear clamshells, the cockpit and two doors. Directly a firewall behind the seats separates the High Voltage battery from the interior and it places the center of mass near the Z-axis of the car. This keeps it planted while cornering. No other hybrid has an IPAS mode.
Instant Power Assist dumps all battery power into the electric in an instant. If you have a slowpoke in front of you, hit the button and they will be in your rearview. The standard charger only takes 2 hours, but it only takes 10 minutes using a DC fast charger. The electric mode is limited to 99 mph, much faster than any other hybrid. Click the link below to find your McLaren P1.