McLaren debuts P1 supercar in Bahrain
Manama, February 1, 2013
McLaren Automotive unveiled its stunning P1 supercar for the first time in the Middle East at a glittering event in Bahrain last night.
The McLaren P1 presented at the event was a design study, but confirmation of the limited edition supercar is anticipated in the coming weeks, with production set to be established in 2014.
Officials said the order book is already very strong and the P1 could be priced at around $840,000.
The McLaren P1 leverages five decades of McLaren’s motorsport skills. It was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance and spent many hours in a wind tunnel and using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling – just like a Formula One car, said a senior official.
Providing an overview of the car, Paul Mackenzie, McLaren P1 project director, said: “This unique car is designed with one aim in mind: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. With our history of making ground-breaking sports cars such as the McLaren F1, the SLR and more recently, the 12C and 12C Spider, the McLaren P1 is rightly anticipated as one of the decade’s most exciting cars. It is both a combination of McLaren’s 50 years of racing and road car heritage and our shareholders’ vision for the future of our performance car business.”
McLaren Automotive regional director for the Middle East & Africa, Mark Harrison, added: “The McLaren P1 is set to be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercars ever made: this is the challenge we have set our development engineers before committing the car to production.
"The arrival of this design study in Bahrain is generating huge excitement and we have a very strong initial order bank in the Middle East despite the fact we have not yet confirmed the car for production.”
Sheikh Ghassan A H Al Sulaiman, president and CEO, Al Ghassan Motors, said: “This is a genuinely once in a lifetime opportunity for a passionate sports car retailer like Al Ghassan Motors. To launch the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 is a key reason why we partnered with McLaren. Our customers and teams at our Bahrain and Saudi Arabia businesses cannot wait for this car to be confirmed and production to begin: I believe we have the most passionate sports car fans in the world in this region and this car will genuinely set their pulses racing.”
Developed as a road car that offers genuine Formula 1-inspired racing car track performance, the McLaren P1 showcases McLaren Automotive’s advanced motorsport-based engineering, prioritising high performance through state-of-the-art technology. It will feature notable advances in weight reduction, packaging, high-speed performance, materials (especially carbon fibre), powertrain and in aerodynamics.
The new model was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance, and has benefited from the same testing technologies used on McLaren’s Formula 1 cars. It has much higher levels of downforce than any current road car – 600kg is achieved well below maximum speed, and is similar to current sports racing cars.
As with the legendary McLaren F1 road car, the McLaren P1 is a mid-engine design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called the MonoCage, which is a development of the MonoCell used in the current 12C and 12C Spider. All the body panels are carbon fibre to reduce weight.
Displaying a compact, fluid, yet thoroughly unique design, the McLaren P1 adheres to the company’s philosophy of everything being done for a reason. Neat touches abound, such as the gold leaf heat shield around the exhausts - gold being the ideal metal to reflect heat; or the glasshouse that was inspired by the canopies of fighter jets, and which gives occupants similar sensations to a pilot as well as levels of visibility that are exceptional for a supercar, said officials.
‘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,’ said Harrison. - TradeArabia News Service
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