903bhp McLaren P1 makes its debut at Goodwood alongside bespoke 12C models

The long-awaited McLaren P1 received its global moving debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The 903bhp P1 was seen in motion for the first time at the festival, alongside new and heritage models from McLaren.

New versions of the 12C also had their global debuts at the event - the McLaren 50 12C spider showcases the bespoke styling options available to customers, while the 12C GT can-am Edition pays tribute to the manufacturer's success in the Can-Am championship.

Billed as the 'ultimate track car', McLaren describes the 12C GT as the "rawest and most powerful 12C built to date."

Alongside the new cars, McLaren is also be paying tribute to its motorsport heritage. Current Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez will be taking to the track at the weekend. The firm will be displaying the M23 F1 car driven by Emerson Fittipaldi in 1974, as well as Lewis Hamilton's championship-winning MP4-23 from 2008.

Ayrton Senna's MP4/4 from 1988 also made its way up the Goodwood hillclimb course, as well as Mikka Häkkinen's 1998 championship-winning MP4-13. Häkkinen's car has already set the current record for the hillclimb course - which stands unbeaten at 41.6sec since being set in 1999.

As well as Formula One, McLaren was showing off its heritage in American Can-Am racing, with cars like Denny Hulme's championship-winning M8D from 1970 running up the hill. 

For all the latest news from the Goodwood Festival of Speed, stay tuned to Autocar.co.uk.

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14 July 2013

The P1 looks sensationally aggressive from the front and behind, but looks quite mundane from the side. The MP4-12C now looks stale, especially when compared to a Ferrari 458 Italia which looks fresh and sharp.

14 July 2013

By god this thing looks truly hideous from the rear, like some sort of alien from a science fiction film.  As that is the view most motorists will have of it, they could have made it look a bit nicer.

15 July 2013

On TopGear they like to talk about Lamborghini as looking like a Super Car should!  If you ask me, the P1 has outrageous styling which (to my eye at least) looks fantastic.  In black it looks especially mean!

Like it alot!

15 July 2013

It looks like a perfectly evolved predator that's emerged from the sea, been genetically enhanced by Skynet and then sculpted by the wind. 

And it looks extra 'ossum' in black. "Drive it? I just want to lick it."

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