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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2/22/2013 8:25:14 PM
No, the weight is not really a problem and actually very small. The attached "schematic" is clearly just an artist's rendition and not close to reality. Current Formula 1 KERS (from which this is derived) only ways 30kg (66lbs).
The battery they've drawn in here looks more like a Tesla Roadster battery and that would not be REMOTELY needed for giving this car a 176hp boost for during acceleration.
If you can give the car instant torque and make up for the turbo lag coming out of corners and adding ~1hp/lb. then you've got a great trade off for performance.
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