When the Pagani Huayra was finally unveiled it proved that the company was not a one-trip pony with their Zonda, because their latest hypercar is said to be one of, if not the best car that has ever been built. The release of the car has sent a warning shot to their main rivals, so one has to hope that the likes of Ferrari and McLaren will be able to deliver?
Having already looked at the Ferrari Enzo successor earlier today, we thought you might be interested to know that the McLaren P1 power specs have been made official. Before you get too exited the Woking based company has decided to leave out the performance figures, so we do not know the P1’s top speed or 0-60mph time, although this should become available to us next month.
We can now say for certain that the McLaren P1 will produce 903 horsepower from its twin-turbo 3.3-liter V8 engine and it’s KERS. This is unlike any other hybrid you have seen, but will be very similar to what Ferrari is currently working on.
Let’s break those figures down for you, the gas/petrol engine produces 727 horsepower, but for that extra boost you can call upon the 176.5 horsepower from the kinetic energy recovery system. This is the same tech used in Formula 1.
It’s nice to know that the power is not there constantly, so you will not have the fear of trying to control all of that power while driving through the streets, but knowing that you can just press a button mounted on the steering wheel is a good feeling to have.
While it may be nice to have all that power beneath your right foot (and finger), the biggest issue for these hypercars is drag, but McLaren has developed a unique system to help reduce drag by at least 23 percent. This will also give you the feeling of an extra power boost, but don’t worry because when you hit the brakes or need to take a corner fast, all those clever systems, such as the rear wing will be there to keep it all under control.
It will be interesting to see how well the McLaren P1 performs around the Top Gear test track, as we know that the Pagani Huayra holds the new record. More details can be found by visiting the McLaren website.