Report: McLaren P1 to develop close to 1,000 horsepower image

The McLaren P1 has been finally revealed, albeit in pre-production clothing. For a supercar that is the heir of the iconic F1, McLaren has a logical goal – to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.

According to sources quoted by Autocar, the P1 is likely to boast 960 horsepower with the help of an F1-style kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). And although the enormous amount of power makes petrolheads think about the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren’s P1 is not designed to rival VW’s monster. According to insiders, the car is more about exceptional lap times.

The price will also bring to mind the Veyron, as the P1 is expected to cost 800,000 pounds (996,000 euros). However, production will be limited to 500 models which may all be absorbed by existing McLaren clients and famous collectors. As a consequence, it will be very hard to get one even for someone who affords it.

The P1 won’t be powered by a V12 or a V10, but by a modified version of the 12C’s twin-turbo V8. Power will be raised from over 600 hp to about 800 hp at 9,000 rpm, with a further 160 hp to be produced by a KERS system. The P1 is rumoured to have a top speed of 239 mph (385 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time below three seconds.

The final production version will come in 2013, but it is expected to look almost identical to the design study which will be premiered in Paris later this month.