Latest pictures of the new McLaren P1 hypercar were taken at an official shoot at the Bahrain International Circuit

New images of the British-built McLaren P1 hypercar, at the Bahrain International Circuit, have been released.

The P1 is currently being taken on a global tour to attract potential buyers. The tour has already visited North America, which will be the car's biggest market. The Middle East is expected to be another vital market.

375 examples of the McLaren P1 will be built, each of which will command a hefty asking price of £866,000.

McLaren Automotive regional director for the Middle East and Africa, Mark Harrison said: “After a successful launch in Bahrain, we are very excited to be bringing the McLaren P1 to the United Arab Emirates." 

The McLaren P1, set to rival the new LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, is designed to be the best driver's car in the world. F1-inspired engineering is utilised throughout, with the P1 featuring advanced aerodynamics and carbonfibre construction.

Power comes from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that generates 727bhp and 531lb ft. Press the hybrid KERS button and the total output will be boosted to 903bhp and 664lb ft.

The P1's interior is stripped out and made primarily of carbonfibre. The instrumentation is digital and the car has sat-nav, climate control and a bespoke sound system.

Programme director at McLaren, Paul Mackenzie, says that despite the P1's performance it can still be driven in great comfort and refinement. 

The McLaren P1 made its debut at the Geneva motor show

Autocar has produced digital books on the McLaren P1 hypercar as well as the F1 and 12C supercars.

Download the McLaren F1 digital edition.

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14 February 2013

This is the best sports car in the world.

14 February 2013

Matthew Langton wrote:

This is the best sports car in the world.

How on earth can you make that assumption? No one has driven it yet.

 

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14 February 2013

.. and maybe how the facelift will look? @Matthew - sure it will be up there!

14 February 2013

When the P1 was unveiled last year, reports, based on information from McLaren, said it would produce as much as 960bhp in total. While I could understand a slight margin of error, a difference of 240bhp is not slight.

Sure, with McLaren's knowhow the P1 will still be phenomenally fast, even with only 720bhp, but when it will cost over 4 times more than the MP4-12C, I'd have expected it to have more than 104bhp over its little brother.

14 February 2013

Lanehogger wrote:

Sure, with McLaren's knowhow the P1 will still be phenomenally fast, even with only 720bhp, but when it will cost over 4 times more than the MP4-12C, I'd have expected it to have more than 104bhp over its little brother.

I'd have expected more than a mere 90bhp increase over the 21 year old F1.

 

14 February 2013

Leslie Brook wrote:

Lanehogger wrote:

Sure, with McLaren's knowhow the P1 will still be phenomenally fast, even with only 720bhp, but when it will cost over 4 times more than the MP4-12C, I'd have expected it to have more than 104bhp over its little brother.

I'd have expected more than a mere 90bhp increase over the 21 year old F1.

From what I recall the engine in the F1 road car was rated at 618bhp, so it's an increase of 102bhp. More importantly the F1 was also about 550bhp/ton and given the P1 is supposedly over 600bhp/ton that'd be a nice increase.  The torque figure will be interesting to see when that gets mysteriously leaked.  They've already said they're not aiming to be the highest top speed or fastest in a straight line and when it comes to the rest of it the aero is every bit as important as the engine and I'd by stunned if the P1 isn't able to lap a hell of a lot quicker than the old F1.

14 February 2013

twyford wrote:

From what I recall the engine in the F1 road car was rated at 618bhp, so it's an increase of 102bhp. More importantly the F1 was also about 550bhp/ton and given the P1 is supposedly over 600bhp/ton that'd be a nice increase.  The torque figure will be interesting to see when that gets mysteriously leaked.  They've already said they're not aiming to be the highest top speed or fastest in a straight line and when it comes to the rest of it the aero is every bit as important as the engine and I'd by stunned if the P1 isn't able to lap a hell of a lot quicker than the old F1.

I stand corrected, I had 627 in my head as the F1 power output.

 

15 February 2013

Hi Leslie you are correct 627 bhp@7500rpm with 651nm@5600rpm.

14 February 2013

Amazing how a constant drip feed of press releases containing almost zero information can make me bored of even the most exciting cars

14 February 2013

Clarkey wrote:

Amazing how a constant drip feed of press releases containing almost zero information can make me bored of even the most exciting cars

+1

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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