McLaren organized a private showing of the production-ready P1 in Beverly Hills where they revealed more details about the supercar.

McLaren organized a private showing of the production-ready P1 in Beverly Hills where they revealed more details about the supercar.

The prototype wearing the Volcano Orange paint which was also displayed in Paris was a fully functional car. However, just like in Paris, the car exhibited in Beverly Hills had a dark tint applied to the windows in order to hide the interior cabin which will be fully revealed in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

It will use the same carbon fiber passenger tub like the MP4-12C, with front and rear aluminum structures developed for crash protection. The P1's body panels are made from carbon fiber, while most of the exposed metal is constructed from titanium alloy, including the mesh vents. McLaren's engineers are targeting a curb weight of 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs).

Most likely the production version McLaren P1 will use the same V8 3.8-liter engine as the MP4-12C but tuned to output approximately 800 hp (596 kW). An F1-style KERS system will add more horsepower for a few seconds, while an AWD system via a front axle electric propulsion system is not out of the question.

Since the Porsche 918 Spyder will be heavier and slower, the McLaren P1 is set to tackle the Ferrari F150. The P1 is aiming to be the fastest production car on the Nürburgring.

Production will be limited to 500 units and should commence later on this year. Expect a starting price of around 1.2M USD.

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McLaren P1 limited to 500 units, to cost around 1.2M USD