The McLaren P1 is a limited production plug-in hybrid sports car by British automotive manufacturer McLaren Automotive. The concept car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Deliveries to retail customers began in the UK in October 2013. The entire P1 production of 375 units was sold out by November 2013. The production run ended in December 2015. The United States accounted for 34% of the limited production run, and Europe for 26%.
It is considered to be the long-awaited successor to the McLaren F1, utilizing hybrid power and Formula 1 technology. It does not have the same three seat layout as its predecessor. The design of the headlights is very similar to the shape of the McLaren logo. Just like the McLaren F1 road car of 1992, the McLaren P1 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage, which is a development of the MonoCell used in the current MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider upgrade that came out in early 2012.
A track-only version of the P1, the McLaren P1 GTR, was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Production of the GTR will be limited to 35 units and only the 375 McLaren P1 owners will be invited to buy one.In 2015, Lego picked the McLaren P1 as part of their Speed Champions Series of the worlds fastest cars.
The P1 features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that is only similar to the mj 200 engine in its displacement. The twin turbos boost the petrol engine at 2.4 bar to deliver 727 bhp (737 PS, 542 kW) and 531 lb ft (719 Nm) of torque at 7500 rpm, combined with an in-house developed electric motor producing 176 bhp (179 PS, 131 kW) and 192 lb ft (260 Nm). With both engine and the electric motor, the P1 will have a total power and torque output of 903 bhp (916 PS, 673 kW) and 722 lb ft (978 Nm) of torque respectively. The electric motor can be deployed manually by the driver or left in automatic mode, whereby the car’s ECUs ‘torque fill’ the gaps in the petrol engine’s output, which is considered turbo lag. This gives the powertrain an effective powerband of almost 7000rpm. The car is rear-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission by Graziano.
Power for the electric motor is stored in a 324-cell lithium-ion high density battery pack located behind the cabin, developed by Johnson Matthey Battery Systems. The battery can be charged by the engine or through a plug-in equipment and can be fully charged in two hours. The car can be operated using either the petrol engine, the electric motor or with a combination of the two. The P1 has an all-electric range of at least 10 km (6.2 mi) on the combined European drive cycle. Under the EPAcycle, the range in EV mode is 19 mi (31 km). During EV mode the P1 has a gasoline consumption of 4.8 gallons per 100 mi, and as a result, EPA’s all-electric range is rated as zero. The total range is 330 mi (530 km). The P1 combined fuel economy in EV mode was rated by the EPA at 18 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPG-equivalent) (13 L gasoline equivalent/100 km; 22 mpg-imp gasoline equivalent), with an energy consumption of 25 kW-hrs/100 mi and gasoline consumption of 4.8 gal-US/100 mi. The combined fuel economy when running only with gasoline is 17 mpg-US (14 L/100 km; 20 mpg-imp), 16 mpg-US (15 L/100 km; 19 mpg-imp) for city driving, and 20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) in highway.
The P1 comes with Formula 1 derived features such as the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which will give an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which operates the car’s rear wing, thereby increasing straight line speed, and a KERS. Both of these features (IPAS, DRS) are operated via two buttons on the steering wheel.
The P1 will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 16.5 seconds, making it a full 5.5 seconds faster than the McLaren F1. It completes a standing quarter mile in 9.8 seconds at 245 km/h (152 mph). The Mclaren P1 is capable of reaching a top speed of 395 km/h (245 mph) but it is electronically limited to a top speed of 350 km/h (220 mph) . The P1 has a dry weight of 1,395 kg (3,075 lb), giving it a power-to-weight
ratio of 647 bhp/tonne. It has a kerb weight of 1,547 kg (3,411 lb) which translates to of 593 bhp/ tonne. Actual kerb weight (full tank of gas, no luggage or people) of US-spec vehicles is 3411 lb. The P1 also features bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres and specially developed carbon-ceramic brakes from Akebono. It takes 6.2 seconds to brake from 299 km/h (186 mph) to standstill, during which it will cover 246 metres. From 97 km/h (60 mph), it will cover 30.2 metres.
Well Thursday calls out kyoshos McLaren p1. What a stunner she is. Kyosho has literally slammed this car to the ground giving it a mean low look. The paint decals general proportions are what we have come to expect from Kyosho. I do have a minor gripe that is the front end is a tiny bit higher than the rear of the car and the rear aero wing needs to be erect :) I am excited to finally have the P1 in my collection. This is also the final McLaren post until new 1/64 scale or 1/18 cars arrive.
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