Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The new McLaren P1 - it's a hybrid!

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With just over two weeks until we show the world the McLaren P1™ at the International Motor Show in Geneva, we’re excited to share with you the first details on the car’s dual powerplant system.

The McLaren P1™ will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. The substantially revised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and a highly effective electric motor, developed in house by McLaren, give a combined output of 916PS and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm.

To optimise efficiency of the petrol engine in the McLaren P1™, extensive testing and development work has always been carried out with our technology partner Mobil 1 on lubrication and hydraulic fluids.

The instant response of the unique electric motor, developed in house by McLaren Electronics, provides a sharper throttle response, and the enhanced air-charging system enables the McLaren P1™ to have more top-end power – the perfect combination for high performance.

The electric motor is mounted directly onto the engine, and all drive is channelled through the dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox to drive the rear wheels. Thus, the electric motor and 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine work seamlessly together, providing more than just added ultimate power and torque.


The McLaren P1™can be driven in a variety of modes, powered by the engine and electric motor together, or solely by the electric motor. In E-mode, the McLaren P1™ can travel more than 10km with electric-only power – enough for most city journeys.

DRS and IPAS optimise performance and throttle response

The power available via the petrol engine and electric motor is further enhanced on the McLaren P1™ through two steering wheel-mounted buttons; The Drag Reduction System (DRS) used on the McLaren P1™ is a technology similar to that employed on Formula 1 cars. Speed is increased by reducing the amount of drag on the rear wing by 
23 per cent.
Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) is designed to deliver power rapidly for high performance acceleration, providing up to 179PS of instant additional power. This is achieved through a groundbreaking, lightweight battery pack.

We look forward to sharing further details of the McLaren P1™ in the next two weeks, before the production-ready car makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
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