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Design study previews next Mclaren supercar

To be called the P1, the McLaren F1 successor will be shown in Paris

Published: September 20, 2012, 8:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 4:00 PM

McLaren has a new supercar in the works – a successor to the now-legendary McLaren F1.

To be called the McLaren P1, it has one simple goal, the company says: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. It will take much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s racing division, McLaren says.

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McLaren will preview the car as a design study at the Paris auto show, Mondial de l'Automobile 2012. A production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed some time next year.

"Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again," says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman, Ron Dennis.

The P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage, he says.

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"Our aim is 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," says the company's Managing Director, Antony Sheriff, calling that capability "the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement."

He continues: "Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."

The P1 will fit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance, when it goes into production late next year.