New McLaren P11 suspension will be both comfortable and hardcore
2 September 2009

This McLaren P11 prototype spotted testing at the Nurburgring last week is believed to have been shaking down the new British supercar’s revolutionary suspension system, which insiders say features breakthrough technologies.

Although McLaren won’t yet give details of its new suspension, Autocar understands the set-up gives the P11 a new level of versatility, allowing all of the cornering body control needed by a 200mph ‘son of McLaren F1’, yet delivering unprecedented levels of ride comfort for a car of this type.

See the McLaren P11 spy picture gallery here

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Woking bosses insist that the P11 should be completely viable as a day-to-day driving machine, in contrast to its illustrious but hardcore predecessor.

The P11, which has an all-new monocoque carbonfibre chassis that draws heavily on McLaren Racing’s Formula One experience, is said to be powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine with a twin-clutch, paddle-shift gearbox.

Early reports suggested the car would use an AMG-developed engine, but latest indications are that the engine is completely new in design, smaller and more fuel efficient than AMG’s big-capacity units. It is also understood to be made entirely in the UK.

Power output is certain to be between 500bhp and 600bhp, but the real key to the car’s 200mph-plus performance — and impressive fuel efficiency — is certain to be its light weight, delivered by the extensive use of carbonfibre in its construction.

Initial estimates are that the car will weigh between 1300kg and 1400kg, making it at least 200kg lighter than most mid-engined rivals and on a par with the less powerful Porsche 911.

The new McLaren aims to compete head to head with the forthcoming Ferrari 458 Italia, although it is likely to be slightly more expensive than the Italian car at around £170,000. The first P11 is scheduled to be delivered to its owner early in 2011.

Full details of the Woking-developed car will be revealed in next week’s issue of Autocar..

Julian Rendell

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2 September 2009

Sounds interesting, but I hope the suspensions will not be directly derived from the torsion bar/push road set-up of the McLaren's Formula 1 racers.

If it does, the P11 is going to jump around like a nervous wreck on any road surfaces except mirror-smooth freeways.

Can't wait.

2 September 2009

£170,000?

Last week it was only £88k!

2 September 2009

Title - "McLaren P11's suspension details"

Article - "Although McLaren won’t yet give details of its new suspension"

Hmm...

2 September 2009

"Initial estimates are that the car will weigh between 1300kg and 1400kg, making it at least 200kg lighter than most mid-engined rivals and on a par with the less powerful 911"

Ferrari 430 Scuderia: 1250 kg

Ferrari 458 Italia: 1380 kg

Lambo Gallardo 550 Balboni: 1380 kg

Which are these "mid-engined rivals" weighting 200kg more than the new Macca?? Don't see many others around...

2 September 2009

So where are the “suspension details”? The article couldn’t have contained less information or been more ambiguous without a lot more effort. I think perhaps another variation of the Delphi magnetorheological damper will be used, hardly ground breaking, but we shall see.

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