The McLaren P1, successor to the legendary F1 hypercar, will make its debut in production-ready form at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The rendered picture above is largely identical to the original 600 PS per tonne concept car shown last year, and in the video below we get a first taste of how the force-inducted V8 sounds. Feisty, that’s how.
Next to no detail is given, other than a pair of pictures showing a race-inspired digital instrument panel in two modes – normal and Race. On the road the digital readout looks like a very simplistic view of a regular meter cluster, showing the engine rev, speed and of course, the engaged gear in a normal road car manner.
Put it on a racetrack, initiate Race mode and the view changes. The speedometer no longer takes centre stage – the gear you’re in is more important than exact speed when you’re attacking set curves. The rev counter disappears, replaced by a set of colour-coded lights à la-Formula 1 to assist its driver in getting the perfect shift times. Gamers who’ve tried drag racing in Need For Speed will know that it’s no mean feat.
The production-ready P1 made a full camo-ed cameo appearance at McLaren’s latest Formula 1 contender, the MP4-28 unveiling last week, driven by team leader Jenson Button. Poor new recruit Sergio Perez only got his hands on the MP4-12C Spider. My my, the season has yet to start and the young Mexican is already getting the short end of the stick handed to him it seems.