Published on 14 Feb 2013 by Dan Read
With only a few weeks until the launch of the McLaren P1, the supercar and Formula One constructor has begun to release a few images and snippets of information about the new car. The latest images give us a drivers and passengers’ view of the supercar that McLaren are hoping will be known as “the best driver’s car in the world”.
The interior is focused on the driver so there’s a glass canopy and a deep wide windscreen for greater visibility than the ride height should offer. The dashboard is minimalist and made from carbon fibre. The material has also been used on the floor, the headlining, the centre console and the doors. None of the carbon is lacquered, which McLaren say gives a 1.5kg weight saving. There’s no interior sound insulation, which also saves weight and allows the sound of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine to enter the cabin as it would in a racing car. Even the floor mats have been designed to be as lightweight as possible, although you don’t have to option them.
Carbon fibre seats come as standard and of course the P1’s chassis is all carbon. Even the steering wheel has been handed over to the carbon fibre fabricators. The lack of luxury is traded for race bred sophistication but there’s no substituting the cost. It’s expected to be £800,000 for 220 mph and an engine that includes KERS-style motor that adds 100 hp to the 750 hp generated by the twin-turbo powerplant.