McLaren P1 to Offer 903hp Courtesy of Twin Turbo V8, Hybrid System
February 20, 2013 9:12 AM
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McLaren P1 will do battle with Porsche's 918 Spyder
is a legendary supercar that still commands respect two decades after its initial introduction. Labeled by many as one of the greatest -- if not
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
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2/21/2013 11:01:24 AM
I'd say it helps a lot with where they put the battery. If you look at the diagram, you'll see that the engine places a lot of weight on the rear wheels which helps give them grip accelerating off the line but more importantly, gives a weight bias to the rear of the car making it easier to kick the back end loose in a turn allowing it to rotate laterally easier thus getting around sharper turns faster depending on the situation.
The center placement of the battery was a smart move as it is both centralized negating any tendency for one side of the car to break free easier than the other but also not putting too much weight in the back of the car also.
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