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McLaren P1 will do battle with Porsche's 918 Spyder

The McLaren F1 is a legendary supercar that still commands respect two decades after its initial introduction. Labeled by many as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- road car of all time, following up on such an iconic legend is a tough task.
 
McLaren is now ready to pass the touch onto an equally impressive machine: the McLaren P1.
 
Although the P1 was first unveiled to the public last year, we're now getting some detailed information about the vehicle's powertrain. Whereas the F1 used a normally aspirated, BMW-sourced V12 engine, the P1 uses a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine paired with an electric motor. The twin-turbo V8 by itself generates a whopping 727hp and 530 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor tacks on another 176hp and 191 lb-ft of torque.
 
When combined, the powertrain is good for 903hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. While impressive, it's still not enough to match the sheer power of the two-ton Bugatti Veyron, which is rated at 1001hp and 922 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Veyron, however, the P1 likely won't weigh as much as a midsize SUV.

 
McLaren states that the P1 can travel up to 6 miles on battery power alone (the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack weighs 210 pounds), and the vehicle can be plugged into a household outlet to recharge.
 
Performance figures for the McLaren P1 aren't in yet, but we can't wait to see this latest hybrid supercar do battle with Porsche's upcoming 918 Spyder.

Sources: Facebook, Motor Authority



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Will be quicker anyways
By Spuke on 2/20/2013 9:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
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While impressive, it's still not enough to match the sheer power of the two-ton Bugatti Veyron, which is rated at 1001hp and 922 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Veyron, however, the P1 likely won't weigh as much as a midsize SUV.
P1 would be much lighter I'd imagine which negates the slight hp advantage of the Bugatti. At least on acceleration. I think the Bugatti's gearing would still make it quicker at really high speeds.




RE: Will be quicker anyways
By Mint on 2/20/2013 10:23:25 AM , Rating: 2
On a related note, I suspect many will disparage the hybrid system for adding weight to the P1.

It should be noted, however, that mass added disproportionately to the center of the vehicle can improve handling. This is because the polar moment of inertia will increase by a lower percentage than the mass, and traction is proportional to the latter. Add in the 24% extra power from the electric motor, and it's a win for both handling and acceleration.


RE: Will be quicker anyways
By Mitch101 on 2/20/2013 10:35:07 AM , Rating: 2
Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse , boasts an enormous 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque.


RE: Will be quicker anyways
By GulWestfale on 2/20/13, Rating: 0
RE: Will be quicker anyways
By Reclaimer77 on 2/20/2013 3:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
The Veyron is AWD though, so my money is still on it off the line and through a 1/4 mile.

However I don't think the comparison is fair. The Veyron isn't a track car. The goal of Bugatti was to make the highest horsepower super car, that could be drive DAILY, with all the amenities one would expect at that price tag. Hence the high curb weight.

If you took the Veyron's engine and drive-train, and put it in a stripped out body without all that luxury stuff...*whistles* Oh yeah...just oh ya.


RE: Will be quicker anyways
By Spuke on 2/20/2013 6:44:32 PM , Rating: 2
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The Veyron is AWD though, so my money is still on it off the line and through a 1/4 mile.
Great point! Forgot about the AWD.

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If you took the Veyron's engine and drive-train, and put it in a stripped out body without all that luxury stuff...*whistles* Oh yeah...just oh ya.
Check out the twin turbo Gallardo videos on youtube for that. I haven't had a boner like that over a car since high school.


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