Friday, December 28, 2012

McLaren Reveals More Details on Production P1 Supercar at Private Event

McLaren Reveals More Details on Production P1 Supercar at Private Event:
2014 McLaren P1
McLaren recently held a private event in New York to show off its new P1 supercar, and the company snuck in a few new details about its F1 successor. The event was first covered by Carscoop, based on video of the New York event from YouTube user Speedracer38. Besides noting that the car at the private showing was “97 percent” production-spec, McLaren also elaborated on the P1′s fancy brakes, rear spoiler, and wheels, as well as a few minor cosmetic tweaks that will be implemented before the supercar goes on sale.

The juiciest and coolest P1 fact extracted from this event pertains to the car’s brakes, which will incorporate carbon-fiber rotors co-developed with Akebono. McLaren says the technology is borrowed from F1 (Akebono furnishes McLaren’s F1 cars’ brakes) and is a production-car first; unlike the race cars, the P1 won’t use carbon-fiber brake pads, which take too long to warm up to be appropriate for street use. To amplify the curb appeal of the dark-colored brake rotors, McLaren polishes them to a mirror finish. Awesome. As for the P1′s active rear spoiler, we already knew it could be elevated up to 12 inches above the rear deck and tilt a maximum 29 degrees to increase drag and act as an air brake, but McLaren further elaborates that the wing will tilt in both directions. Because regular aluminum wheels would be so blasé, the P1 gets wheels rendered from what McLaren is calling “super aluminum,” which is as light as magnesium but more durable. Finally, the production P1 will gain additional vents in its front bumper just ahead of each front wheel to evacuate hot air from the front-mounted radiators. The mesh covering the car’s rear end will change to a tighter, finer variety that will showcase the car’s engine, rear suspension, and rear spoiler mechanism.
Look for the finalized production P1—and all of its sure-to-be-impressive specifications—to debut sometime early in 2013. Until then, check out the video from the New York reveal below:

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