Tuesday, 18 September 2012 4:07 PM
McLaren technology waits for no (rich) man, and clearly the relatively new MP4-12C just wasn’t fast enough. Not even close. The latest McLaren super-super-car; the P1, will pump nearly 1000bhp through its tortured rubber. It’ll need a pretty switched on traction control system.
The McLaren P1, according to the company, has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. Indeed, and while the MP4-12C with its raft of hi-tech suspension, braking, aero and transmission controls, is widely regarded as an impressive piece of kit on both road and track; many drivers comment on its lack of soul.
But, with 960bhp to control, the new P1 is surely set to be another masterclass is computer-aided motoring. This is what McLaren do, so if we don’t like it, I guess we can spend our £800,000 elsewhere. On a small island perhaps? Or a fleet of Ford Fiestas – one for every day of the year.
“The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,” commented McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. “Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.”
When the McLaren P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the MP4-12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance. Sounds great; some lucky punters are in for a wild, wild ride.
By Daniel Anslow
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