We’ve been waiting for it for quite some time now, but 2013 is the year where the first production models of the notorious McLaren P1 Concept will leave the factory. The McLaren P1, which takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. This roaring machine has every reason to be that ambitious: the McLaren P1 is the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago the sportscar brand raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and the goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.
Do not be fooled however: this car doesn’t necessarily fit in the ever lasting race of being the fastest car. McLaren’s strategy is therefore not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit. It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. McLaren’s goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made, period. It was designed from the outset to prioritise aerodynamic performance and spent many hours in a wind tunnel and using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) aerodynamic modelling – just like a Formula One car. We won’t bother you with all the details, and McLaren is very discrete about the technical specifications, but just yesterday it spread the word that the production-ready McLaren P1 will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Remarkable detail: when the driver selects ‘Race’ mode, the large double element adjustable active rear wing extends, and the pitch of the wing alters into an optimal aerodynamic position. Sounds a bit like supertransformers, rooaaaarr !