The McLaren P1 has arrived … almost. We’ve already had a glimpse of the company’s brand-new halo supercar but as it’s still at design study stage, specs have yet to be finalized – and McLaren isn’t providing any official clues on a few things that folks are more than a little curious about. Still, we now have some more details than we had before.
Like Jaguar and its F-Type, McLaren was content to hand us a fancy hors d’oeuvre in the afternoon and leave us starving until dinner. Unlike Jaguar and its F-Type, McLaren is saving plenty of room for dessert, because it isn’t quite ready to publicize things like powertrain and performance specs.
Of course, McLaren wouldn’t show up to its first-ever international motor show empty handed, and it definitely has a story to tell. The story begins with a simple name: P1. That name may just sound like a random number and letter thrown together, but it has deeper meaning, both internally at McLaren and in the greater racing world. “P1″ is a designation for first place in Grand Prix racing. It is also short for Project 1, internal code McLaren used when developing the F1, its original supercar.
From the name, unravels an intriguing plot of race-inspired performance and function-focused design. ”At the very beginning, we sought to develop a car that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it,” explains chief design engineer Dan Parry-Williams. Via McLaren provides (some) P1 supercar details.