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If you ever needed a reason to strive for higher education or winning the lottery, the McLaren P1 is it. McLaren Automotive has gone official offering up all the details on its latest supercar, and the beast is impressive. McLaren promises that the P1 will hit 186 mph in less than 17 seconds, making it 23% faster than the legendary F1. The car has an electronically limited top speed of "only" 217 mph.
 
The automaker also notes that the production version of the P1 is virtually unchanged from the original design study. As you can imagine with any supercar, this beast is exceptionally far from affordable. McLaren says pricing will start at £866,000.


We have already talked a bit about the P1 in the past so you should already know that the car has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and the electric motor/battery system for a combined for 903 BHP. The Instant Power Assist System is a race-inspired technology that adds an additional power to help acceleration allowing the P1 to reach 62 mph in under 3 seconds. The car will eclipse 124 mph in less than 7 seconds. McLaren says that in electric-only mode, the vehicle can operate up to 30 mph with a range of 12 miles.
 
McLaren also promises that the P1 has the suspension and braking capability for the racetrack with braking performance on par with a GT3 sports racing car.
 

McLaren notes that it will only produce 375 of these vehicles to keep them rare. There are a number of color and trim alternatives that the customer can choose from including visible carbon fiber in the cabin. McLaren also points out that the car is completely customizable (depending on how big your wallet is) via McLaren Special Operations.

Source: McLaren



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RE: not for retards
By Amiga500 on 2/26/2013 1:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No I just don't think it's really an issue. At all, at ALL


I know I usually disagree with you (half the time to wind you up), but this time I really do disagree.

If you are working with complex equations, the last thing you want to have to do is work with units that were designed for an age long before the scientific method.

I dunno how the folks at Bombardier or Boeing manage - its driving me nuts right now. Fekkin granda units. Grrr.


RE: not for retards
By tng on 2/26/2013 2:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
I like the metric system for everything but temperature. Measurements in Celsius, have to be run into at least one decimal place to get the resolution that Fahrenheit has with none.

I never got how people could look at a wrench and visualize 5/32 without doing the math to convert it to a tenths of an inch figure. However I can look at something and size up 3mm or 5mm easily, no division needed. Maybe I am just lazy.


RE: not for retards
By topkill on 2/26/2013 5:34:59 PM , Rating: 3
That is SO true. I'm an engineer so I really like using metrics and I HATE all the conversions back and forth for no reason. But I simply do not understand why we don't talk "centi-centigrade" LOL At least that granularity would be helpful.


RE: not for retards
By Chernobyl68 on 2/26/2013 6:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
Its been tried more than once in the USA. There's just never an incentive for private industry to go through the expense of switching over.


RE: not for retards
By JKflipflop98 on 2/26/2013 9:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
The main reason companies overseas don't want to buy our machinery is because of this. It's why a lot of our potential exports are squandered and other countries consider our machinery to be "inferior".

If you buy an American machine that uses all imperial sizes and something breaks, now you have to order parts from overseas that cost you time and money - instead of going across the street and buying a comparable metric part. If America switched over to metric, our exports would soar shortly after.

But I digress, I like muh feet n' inches n' gallons and ain't nobody never gunna take em away.


RE: not for retards
By maugrimtr on 2/27/2013 11:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
Imperial is utterly alien to most of the planet's population. It's commonly used places like Ireland/UK however for basic measurements like a person's weight (in Stones) and height (in Feet), and distance (in Miles). Mostly due to common-use tradition. Outside of those few exceptions, Imperial measures are just seen as a US obsession to be "exceptional", i.e. insane and too stubborn for our own good ;).


RE: not for retards
By Amiga500 on 2/26/2013 6:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
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Measurements in Celsius, have to be run into at least one decimal place to get the resolution that Fahrenheit has with none.


Decimals have never been something that I've been concerned about to be honest - all calcs are pretty much done on the computer now, so operating to 10 decimal places is no biggie.

Besides, its Rankine and Kelvin ye should be using! ;-)


RE: not for retards
By modus2 on 2/27/2013 9:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2010/11/1110mar...

This is a rather famous example of why its a bad idea to have two separate systems...


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