If any of you guys know about supercars. You should know the British automaker McLaren. If you don’t know, McLaren has created many amazing cars such as the F1, MP4-12C, 650s and more. McLaren Automotive, commonly referred to as McLaren, is a British Automaker of high performance vehicles. The company was established as McLaren cars in 1989 as a producer of road cars based on F1 technology. It works closely with McLaren racing, the Formula One constructor, and is a spinoff of McLaren group. I personally think their best creation yet is the McLaren P1, a hybrid hypercar. Many people loved the looks and performance of the McLaren F1, which was the best performance car of its time. I always loved super performance cars personally. However, global warming and climate change is a big problem now, it seems unfair that what you drive could effect the way the world is shaped. This car is the perfect solution. If you think that a hybrid sports car won’t do…don’t worry, with 903 horsepower and 978NM or torque you will spend plenty of your time in your McLaren p1 laughing your ass off.
Let’s first start by talking about the looks of the car. The head lights look amazing, it is shaped by the McLaren logo. The talk lights looks as if some alien from the year 3000 zapped their latest design on the car. The spoiler works amazingly, it can turn different angles to aid in braking and acceleration. The area in front of the gas engine air take is made of carbon fibre, which looks AMAZING. There curves and the air-intake valves looks like it was just taken off a fighter jet. The diffuser and splitter are made from carbon fibre composite, which makes the car light and stiff. The aerodynamic, ad ons makes the car have an amazing amount of downforce, making it very stable at high speeds. Overall, it is the combination of curves, carbon fibre, aerodynamic ad ons, and the head and tail lamps that makes the car so strikingly beautiful.
Next, I will talk about the cars amazing power-train which is both advanced and effective. The P1 features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that is only similar to the MP4-12c motor in its displacement. The petrol engine is mid mounted, giving the car an amazing real axle to front axle distribution. The twin turbos boost the petrol motor at 2.4 bar to deliver 727 bhp (542 kW) and 719 Nm (531 lb ft) of torque at 7500 rpm, combined with an in-house developed electric motor producing 176 bhp (131 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb ft). With both motors, the P1 will have a total power and torque output of 903 bhp (916 PS) and 978 Nm (722 lb ft) 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 motor’s output, which is considered turbo lag. This gives the powertrain an effective powerband of almost 7000rpm. The car is read wheel drive with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission by Graziano. The transmission just shifts so quiet and light, it feels light a sniper’s bullet going through paper. The design is really smart and sophisticated, having an heavy engine in the back and a lighter engine up front lets the car have a mid engine rear weight biased feel to it, which is very good in terms of driving pleasure and driving bliss.
Let’s start going into the smaller details. The brakes from Akebono are the best thing in the world, you touch them lightly and they will respond. I think it would be even better if the brake discs were slotted and drilled. The steering, with electric assist and race elements in them, is both accurate and responsive, which is very, very crucial if you take your car to the track. The entire chassis of the car is made from carbon fibre, which keeps the amazing piece of technology at an even more amazing 3280 pounds. Because of the fact that the carbon fibre chassis makes the car so stiff, McLaren didn’t have to put in stiff springs, however, McLaren wanted this to be a track and road car, so they made the springs really stiff as well. 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 which operates the car’s rear wing, thereby increasing straight line speed, and KERS. Both of these features (IPAS, DRS) are operated via two buttons on the steering wheel.
Finally, I will talk about some specs. The P1 will go 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 152 mph (245 km/h). Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph (349 km/h). The McLaren P1 features the Pirelli P Zero Corsa as the tire. This is rather disappointing. I personally expected a much more racier compound like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tire or the Pirelli Trofeo R street slicks. A stickier and racier tire can result in a fast acceleration, braking and top speed. Most importantly, a stickier tire will provide better traction. In terms of braking it takes 6.2 seconds to brake from 186 mph (299 km/h) to standstill, during which it will cover 246 metres. From 60 mph (97 km/h), it will cover 30.2 metres.
I think a car like the McLaren P1 is the next generation of cars. We can include both performance and environmental aspects in a hypercar. If you want to buy it… Uhh. The last ones were old. Only 375 were made, this is a limited production car. If you wanted to know, the price tag is 1 600 000 USD.
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