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McLaren has just released some new images showing off the interior of the McLaren P1 and I must say, I’m much more than impressed.
They say they were aiming for a fighter jet cockpit styling inside the P1 and in my eyes, they did just that. The windshield is longer than it is wide, and a glass canopy is overhead, giving you the feeling like you are covered by a long and sloping glass canopy, similar to the ones on fighter jets.
McLaren didn’t just focus on making you feel like you were trying to revenge Goose in Top Gun, instead they were focused on making the cockpit of the P1 as light as possible. As with other McLarens, carbon fiber is abundant throughout the P1, and there is a considerable amount in the interior. The dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers, a single piece for the central control unit are all comprised of carbon fiber. McLaren scrutinized the weight of the interior so greatly that they removed the top layer of resin on the carbon fiber in order to save another 1.5kg.
Trim in the cabin has been reduced greatly, leaving as many parts exposed as possible. However, it still features the luxuries we are used to in McLarens, such as full climate control, satellite navigation, and a bespoke sound system. Carpet is offered as an option, but if you do opt for it, it is fitted with a special lightweight backing.
Racing buckets seats were chosen to cushion those rears, which use the minimum amount of foam, are encased in ultra-thin carbon fiber shells, and mounted lightweight brackets and runners, making the weight of each of these seats just 10.5kg each. If you plan on taking the P1 out on the track, you can adjust the seat from 28 degress vertical, to 32 degrees and add six-point harnesses thanks to the fixings McLaren has included.
McLaren says that the steering wheel diameter is as technically precise as a McLaren racing driver’s wheel. The wheel for the P1 was modeled in CAD and were scanned to produce an exact replica. The rim of this race-ready wheel is fitted with Alcantara, a luxury racing drivers don’t get.
More details on the McLaren P1 will be coming in as we get closer to the official unveiling of the production P1 at the Geneva Motor show in March, so stay tuned!