McLaren P1 supercar design study will be F1 successor

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McLaren is about to change the style of its F1 supercar again, and the company has just released the first official images of its McLaren P1 design study, which will be the next F1 car. From the photos, it has our approval to be built.

The McLaren P1 concept is the next “ultimate supercar,” says McLaren, which this concept is inspired by the company’s rich racing heritage. We do see great resemblance to the current MP4-12C, but certainly it has F1 design language written all over it.  The snubbed nose flowing into the aerodynamic sculpted rear quarter panel gives the P1 a more dramatic and compelling look than the tamed MP4-12C.

The McLaren company states that the aim of the McLaren P1 concept is not necessarily to be the fastest in top speed but rather to be the quickest and enjoyable road car.  With that said, we figure that McLaren will be out to get the Bugatti Veyron in all speed categories, and you can see that in the last sentence in the statement below.  It is still an “if” statement that McLaren can out do the Bugatti team.  As we know of now, the Bugatti Veyron is the fastest and most enjoyable supercar to drive.  We’ll have to see the numbers on a specification sheet of the McLaren P1 first to make any further judgement.

‘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 McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff. ‘It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.’

This McLaren P1 concept will officially debut at the Paris Motor Show next week, and a production version will be available a year later, with an on-sale date in the last quarter of 2013.