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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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To call this a hybrid...
By msheredy on 2/20/2013 12:21:04 PM , Rating: 2 simply just ridiculous cause you'd have to call an F1 race car a hybrid as well. Why you say? Cause Formula 1 race cars employ a temporary boost in power most often referred to as a KERS system.

That is what is being implemented in todays hypercars (Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari F150 and now this) so please stop calling this a "hybrid" because it's not a damn Prius.

RE: To call this a hybrid...
By Mint on 2/20/2013 1:05:50 PM , Rating: 2
They're pretty different in scope. KERS gives you 60kW for 7 seconds, or 0.1kWh, because you can't store too much energy in a flywheel.

This battery is probably ~3kWh and the electric motor is 176hp, which means 131kW for 82 seconds. They're also saying you can plug the P1 in and get 6 miles of all electric range.

RE: To call this a hybrid...
By Spuke on 2/20/2013 2:04:06 PM , Rating: 2
That is what is being implemented in todays hypercars (Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari F150 and now this) so please stop calling this a "hybrid" because it's not a damn Prius.
Except that the P1 isn't using KERS, it's using an electric motor and a battery which makes it ummm a hybrid!

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