McLaren has previewed its next-generation ultimate supercar, the McLaren P1, at the Paris Motor Show. A production version of the car is to be released next year and will be on sale within the next 12 months. The car is designed for use on roads and racing circuits.
Programme director Paul Mackenzie said: “Of course, the McLaren P1 will have an immensely powerful engine, superb brakes and state-of-the-art suspension controls. But a major reason for its extraordinary performance is its high level of downforce and its all-round aerodynamic excellence.” He went on: “They do not just improve stability, handling, roadholding and braking at high speed. They also improve agility and driver confidence at much lower speeds.”
The car has a large rear wing that automatically adjusts to boost downforce and optimise aerodynamics. It can extend towards the rear by up to 300mm on a racetrack and 120mm on the road, and its pitch can be increased by up to 29 degrees.
Other features include:
- Lightweight carbon-fibre body panels that have integrated scoops and ducts to boost aero performance and cooling
- Doors shaped to funnel air for maximum aero efficiency
- A mid-engine design that uses a carbon-fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage
- Curved and expansive canopy glass to provide good visibility.