The McLaren P1 has been in news ever since it first emerged that the English performance car maker is working on an all new hypercar that will be the successor to the legendary McLaren F1.
Putting to rest all the speculations and doubts, McLaren has finally announced the technical details of its upcoming hypercar. The hybrid powertrain of the new P1 will pump out (hold your breath) 903bhp and will emit less than 200g/km of CO2 to keep the Greenpeace happy.
All the power will come from a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 motor that will pump out 727bhp@7500rpm and the peak toque figure is rated at 531lb ft. The motor is mated to a 176bhp electric motor with 192lb ft of torque.
All the juice from the electric motor is available instantly through an Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) power boost feature. McLaren says that the IPAS gives the car the throttle response of a normally aspirated motor.
The engine has been derived from that on the MP4-12C and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that transmits the power to rear wheels.
It has further emerged that the McLaren P1 will come with a Formula 1-inspired Drag Reduction System (DRS) .This system is operated by a button on the steering wheel and helps in reducing the rear wing’s angle to lower the coefficient of drag by up to 23% during acceleration and high speeds.