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Interesting Facts about McLaren P1

McLaren turned upside down the universe of supercars and turned our perception of hybrids in just a year and a half – exactly so much time has passed since the premiere of series P1 to the completion of its release. Today we bid farewell to the loud, in every sense, work of masters from Woking to the garages of collectors and the lists of auction lots.

McLaren initially limited edition of super hybrid to 375 copies. Ferrari has promised to make 499 units of LaFerrari, and Porsche – 918 cars of Spyder 918. The first two series were sold out for pre-order – customers gave millions of Euros for the models that have not even begun to build.

Of course, you can complain to your empty pockets or do not pay attention to the news that super hybrid McLaren P1 ended in the British Woking. But only if one of these cars is already in your garage, in the corporate colour scheme Volcano Orange. Or scarlet Ferrari LaFerrari. Or at least a gray Porsche Spyder 918. And then there is no subjectivity – in fact, exactly in this order three major supercars of modernity settled on the number of planned production of copies – Spyder from Porsche approached more closer to the commodities than others: they will release in 2.5 times more cars than the McLaren.

McLaren P1 zero to 200 kph

More than nine hundred hp and acceleration from zero to 200 kph in just 7.5 seconds

  • The basis of the P1 contains carbon-fiber monocoque, or, more precisely, mono frame – a single structure includes the roof racks.
  • Mono-framing of superhybrid has name MonoCage. According to estimates of McLaren, it is in five times stronger than titanium analogue and in twice than the steel one.
  • The entire rear part of the model forms a whole – without dividing it into wings and anything else. The total body, except the monocoque basis, consists of five panels.
  • Forms P1 are dictated solely by aerodynamics. Front splitter cuts through the air, directing it through the scuttle panels to the brake mechanisms and holding the front part of the car.
  • The side aerodynamic elements serve heat exchange of back radiators and cool rear brakes. Another scuttle panel is on the roof, it directs air right to the motor.
  • P1 is designed with the “ground-effect” – this is when the air is bypassing the wheel arches but not swirling under the rapids without interfering with the work of diffusers together with a flat bottom. All these things make the machine “stick” to the road. McLaren suggests that this thing works better than the combat prototypes of the Le Man.
  • The active wing behind continues “the game” with the air, the best air access of which provides a narrow cockpit. C-shaped “shelf” goes up and down in a range of 300 mm and varies the angle of attack depending on conditions or requirements of the pilot.
  • At a speed of 250 kph spoiler is automatically lowered to improve aerodynamics and does not damage suspension arm by the downforce (which is, incidentally, more than 600 kg). In the activated mode, DRS («hello” from Formula 1) wing is forcibly aligned within half a second, allowing you to accelerate even a little bit faster.
  • Spoiler helps on braking – did you ever seen the work of spoilers in the wings of the aircraft during the landing? Here is the same principle – standing up vertically, spoiler increases the drag coefficient (0.34 by default) by 23%.

McLaren P1

How much McLaren P1 details weight

  • Windscreen of the model thickness of 3.2 mm up to 3.5 kg lighter than in the McLaren 12C.
  • Weight of  mono-framing MonoCage at the basis is only 90 kg.
  • “Bare” vehicle weight fits in 1.4 tons (1,395 kg), and the ratio of power to mass of P1 exceeds Bugatti Veyron – nearly 654 hp per ton.
  • Battery pack with six sections of cells adds another 75 kg.
  • Weight of  3.8-liter V8 is about 200 kg.
  • Weight of  of the electric motor P1 is 26 kg.
  • Seven-speed gearbox with two clutches SSG passes power to the rear wheels.

McLaren P1

All you need to know about the speed of McLaren P1

  • At the speed of 300 kph the best McLaren is out of 16.5 sec, i.e. in 5.5 sec faster than its predecessor F1. Acceleration from zero to 200 kph takes 6.8 sec, and the first “hundred” P1 gaining just in 2.8 sec.
  • The P1 has a pure electric mode of motion – there supercar will stretch up to 12 km at a speed of up to 160 kph and acceleration to “hundreds” will be less than ten seconds. In the hybrid battery charging from a household network will take approximately two hours.
  • Top speed of McLaren P1 is electronically limited to 350 kph – about 100 mps. For the record, the most fast man on the planet – Usain Bolt –spends for the 100 m almost more in ten times. According to the McLaren, superhybrid without restrictor is capable to 395 kph.
  • With a standard drag racing at the quarter of mile (just over 400 m) P1 copes in 9.8 seconds, developing output of 245 kph.
  • The maximum possible power superhybrid brings down on the road with a pre-charged batteries and activated system Instant Power Assist System (IPAS; another “hello” from Formula 1). In this case, the electric motor works simultaneously with a V8 at full speed, fully discharging batteries.
  • As to his sworn enemies from Maranello and Stuttgart, the LaFerrari accelerates to 100, 200 and 300 kph in 2.9, 6.9 and 15.0 seconds, respectively, and the Spyder 918 spends on these exercises 2.6, 7, 2 and 19.9 seconds.
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes is production of Akebono with six and four-piston front and rear mechanisms stop the car from 300 kph to zero in 6.2 seconds and the 246 m. With 200 kph h to standstill P1 brakes for 4.5 seconds and the 115 m, and 100 kph – 2.9 seconds and 30.2 m.

The block of already familiar V8 McLaren was re-cast, taking into account the location of electric motor and turbines for fluids cooling. The last develop pressure of 2.4 bar and provide to eight-cylinder motor 737 hp with 720 Hm traction (in 7500 and 4000 rpm respectively).

If McLaren spoiler did not reduced automatically angle of attack after reaching 250 kph, the downforce at top speed would reach 1,000 kg, which, in its turn would require a significant strengthening of the suspension.

To be more effective P1in carbon-ceramic brakes uses a silicon carbide layer, which allows the disks to withstand extreme temperature.

P1 has a special track mode – Race. In this mode the car is pressed against the ground by 50 mm, the rigidity of the suspension increases in three times and exposes spoiler angle of attack of 29°.

McLaren P1

Key facts about the McLaren P1

  • Fuel filler cap at the P1 is located in a rather unusual place – namely, under the special cover… in the roof.
  • Work with the power plant requires the complete removal of the rear body panels and utmost caution of mechanics – voltage in the hybrid system reaches 600V. In addition, the exhaust system of P1 in the “combat” driving mode is heated up to 900°C – it is worth the wait.
  • It is impossible to turn off the stabilization system in 916-strong McLaren completely, and to ease the electronic harness you should to memorize the statement: turn on “neutral” and the parking brake, simultaneously press two buttons and wait for the appropriate signal on the instrument panel, then confirm that you want to play with death.
  • Floor mats are included in the list of options – fortunately free.
  • Hybrid has not an energy recovery system, generated during braking – the McLaren decided that it would spoiled the purity of the pilot feedback during deceleration.

With the completion of the release of the legend of 90th before the new supercar McLaren have gone a long 17 years. A changer of P1 can appear at the beginning of the 2020s. We don’t know nothing about this fact. But something tells us that mythical super-P1 is also waiting for a place of honour in the parade of the most incredible cars of our time.

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