The McLaren P1 edges towards production

Posted on 30 Jan 2013

McLaren Automotive has begun to physically test the much-anticipated McLaren P1, ahead of production in Autumn 2013.

The McLaren P1 which will cost £700,000 before tax and a total production run of just 500, was unveiled to the world as a design study at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012 and was met with the glare of a thousand camera flashes.
Since then, development of the technology beneath the carbon fibre skin has continued at great pace, with the team at McLaren Automotive carrying out a relentless testing programme which may see the P1 become the fastest road car in the world.

McLaren Automotive, the group’s supercar arm based at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, has unveiled a video giving the most detailed view yet of production (video below).

McLaren used CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling and other Formula 1 simulation tools even before the first prototype builds.  Now, detailed analysis has continued with physical testing to accelerate the further development of the McLaren P1.

McLaren engineers, technicians and racing drivers are running a fleet of codenamed development vehicles around the clock on roads and circuits across the globe.

The rigorous testing procedures for the McLaren P1 has seen the development team working closely with suppliers on bespoke components, including Japan-based Akebono on a highly-efficient braking system, Pirelli on high performance tyres and Mobil 1 on cooling, lubrication and hydraulic fluids.

McLaren claims that all these activities are set to deliver levels of driveability and refinement unprecedented in a supercar.

The obsession to detail which McLaren is known for has even filtered down to the striking camouflage being worn on the development cars themselves.

Designed in-house by the team behind the shape of the car, the graphic incorporates the outlines of famous circuits from across the world, each of which is significant in the history of the brand.

The race is now on for the McLaren P1 ahead of the next public appearance…