The Anatomy Of Aerodynamics
Born in the McLaren wind tunnel. Evolved through world-leading Formula 1 expertise. The McLaren P1 is a road car with racing DNA. Every curve, swoop and contour of its endlessly flowing body is shaped to precisely manage the air flowing over it. The most aerodynamically advanced supercar in the world, its streamlined body, sculpted air intakes and active aero combine to maximise cooling and boost performance.Explore the McLaren P1 and discover how it achieves breathtaking levels of performance through the art of aerodynamics.
The active aero technology responds and adapts instinctively to the environment and driver input. It shifts its aerodynamic form intelligently to boost performance, handling and create an unsurpassed driving experience.
On The Road
Refined and responsive, the McLaren P1 disengages its active aerodynamic technology at lower speeds, creating a lean profile to reduce drag. This configuration delivers a smoother ride at cruising speeds optimising the airflow efficiency and balancing performance and control.
The active aerodynamics come to life on the open road. Instinctively, the aero systems activate to create the downforce and grip you need when negotiating traffic or cornering. When the road ahead is clear, the Drag Reduction System can be activated to boost straight-line speed.
The P1 features a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that is only similar to the MP4-12C motor in its displacement. The twin turbos boost the petrol motor at 2.4 bar to deliver 727 bhp (542 kW) and 719 Nm (531 lb ft) at 7500 rpm, combined with an in-house developed electric motor producing 176 bhp (131 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb ft). With both motors, the P1 will have a total power and torque output of 916 PS (903 bhp) and 978 Nm (722 lb ft) respectively. The electric motor can be deployed manually by the driver or left in automatic mode, whereby the car's ECUs 'torque fill' the gaps in the petrol motor's output, which is considered turbo lag. This gives the powertrain an effective powerband of almost 7000rpm. The car is rear-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Power for the electric motor is stored in a 324-cell lithium-ion high density battery pack located behind the cabin, developed by Johnson Matthey Battery Systems. The battery can be charged by the engine or through a plug-in equipment and can be fully charged in two hours. The car can be operated using either the petrol engine, the electric motor or with a combination of the two. The P1 has an all-electric range of at least 10 km (6.2 mi) on the combined European drive cycle with a limited max speed of 217 mph (349 km/h).
The P1 comes with Formula 1 derived features such as the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which will give an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which operates the car's rear wing, thereby increasing straight line speed, and a KERS. Both of these features (IPAS, DRS) are operated via two buttons on the steering wheel.