New McLaren P1 Hypercar Design Study Reveals F1's Replacement, What do you Think?


It’s been a long wait but after countless spy shots and teaser images, McLaren Automotive has finally taken the covers off the new design study named P1 less than two weeks before it makes its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show.

Previously referred to as the P12, the new P1 is essentially a pre-production version of the model that will succeed the famed F1. McLaren said that it would unwrap the final design next year and have it on sale within 12 months.

"The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage," says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. "Twenty years ago we said the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again."

The British automaker won't tell us anything about what’s hiding beneath the lightweight body panels, though it did say that the P1's goal is to be the "best driver’s car in the world on road and track."

McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff, elaborates:

"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. It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."

While no further information will be revealed until the Paris Motor Show, we expect that unlike the BMW M V12-powered F1, the P1 will make use of a tuned version of the MP4-12C's 3.8-liter bi-turbocharged V8, possibly linked to a Formula 1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for an output of well over 700-horsepower.

You can check out the initial press imagery after the break and then head over to the comments to share your thoughts on McLaren's new flagship hypercar.



Amone77 said... »September 18, 2012

WOW... amazing

Tempe said... »September 18, 2012

it looks ridiculously ugly

AstonMartin said... »September 18, 2012

This new Mclaren P1 design is Wicked!!  Handsome all the way around including the rear.  It looks super fast stationary.  Kudos Mclaren on a worthy successor!!

jarooo4 said... »September 18, 2012

 Stunning! I think I'm in love ;)

wtvlol said... »September 18, 2012

I dislike the rear end.

Luka Crnković said... »September 18, 2012

I thought McLaren can't make uglier car than mp4-12c but I was wrong,very very wrong !

I bet  skimpy Ron Dennis didn't wanted to pay for good design,so he gave few pounds of rice to some Chinese kid and he draw it for McLaren !

Garrett Spicer said... »September 18, 2012

I didnt like the microwave name or the front end of the MP12 but this looks epic. 

Bruno Silva said... »September 18, 2012

Looks amazing. Fantastic. I'm not a big fan of the MP4's design (in my opinion lacks "salt") but this one has loads of "salt" and "pepper"! I love the way they solved the rear headlights the "Maclaren logo" styled front lamps, and the overall shape. I just hope they make it with a centered driving position like the F1. That would be brilliant. Congratulations to Maclaren

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M.M said... »September 18, 2012

Mp4 -12c and this P1 have no flair , unlike Italian, German and british rivals like Ferrari, Pagani or Audi ( r8 )  and Aston Martin . There is nothing appealing about Mclaren cars.

Florentino Agusta said... »September 18, 2012

check out your face yo!

Sabman999 said... »September 18, 2012

ahhh, i see what you did with the headlight design there ;)

interstatex said... »September 18, 2012

There's an engineering masterpiece buried under all that needless "design".
Why McLaren feel the need to get "clever" with their logo (MP4 vents, P1 headlights) is also beyond me.

I suppose with Lamborghini doing dramatic so well, Ferrari flair and Porsche efficiency the only design language left is bling...well done Ron you nailed it !!!

MArk said... »September 18, 2012

It reminds me of the 90's Hyper sport concept cars 

Stignacious said... »September 18, 2012

 Yeah, the rear end isn't particularly nice, but overall it's pretty good.

Sushi Ninja said... »September 18, 2012

It's differant looking, but that's a good thing rather than someting to be frowned on. This looks absolutly awesome and should blow a Veyron out of the water.

arturoh said... »September 18, 2012

not pretty but it's  a sexy car. I like.

Matthew Raworth said... »September 18, 2012

 Why are you guys saying it is ugly? This is amazing!! Clearly you have never seen a Ssangyong Rodius.

Eric Therner said... »September 18, 2012

Porsche 918spyder, jaguar cx-75, Aston ONE-77, Lambo Aventador, carrera gt, I mean, come ON McLaren!? How could you let this go so far, it´s incredible how wrong everything is with this design.

Cars in these images has apperantly have had a greater impact on the McLaren Design-department, than any af the cars listed above... That´s just too bad.. for McLaren.

Remember , you could have 5 aventadors for the same money as 1 McLarenP1... !?

donald seymour said... »September 18, 2012

Laugh out stole the words right out of my mouth. 

Trackertack said... »September 18, 2012


donald seymour said... »September 18, 2012

You know some people say that this is utterly ugly and some people say that this is utterly beautiful. I say job well done Maclaren, because you have made true art that does not been. This causes people to take sides unlike the mp4-12c which is so lukewarm as Bruno Silva states. Everybody was indifferent about the mp4-12c, but this! We are on fire for, rather we loathe it or love it. I personally love the look of it. 

Shadeofeast said... »September 19, 2012

I won't buy this for the look but for performance.
profile looks great but front and rear ends, and details are too "curvy". I prefer aventador design.

TouyaShiro said... »September 19, 2012

Who would want five Aventadors?
The reason people buy these kinds of cars is because of exclusitivity. If you have the wealth to own such an exclusive car (like one of the 30 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport models), it's certainly more worth it than, for example, 100 Porsche 911 models.

That, and your garage doesn't have much space - they make the most of it.

Ben said... »September 19, 2012

oh my god, that is EPIC, the design is astonishing!

Sam Bisby said... »September 19, 2012

I didn't think too much of the 12C when that came out, but now I love it. I reckon this will be the same.
The P1 looks amazing, there's no doubt, but I think it'll take time before I actually like or love it.

Can't wait to hear it though!

omg said... »September 19, 2012

wow, wtf?

mocha said... »September 19, 2012

seriously, this is epic fail...

R1S0 said... »September 19, 2012

OMG i love this.....

David Borgelt said... »September 20, 2012

Way to go with those logolights!

Bbenjamin11 said... »September 20, 2012

They make the plain looking mp4-12c then go way too far with the exterior...
hope the enzo sucessor looks better

Trackman43 said... »September 20, 2012

McLaren sure responded to the naysayers who were bored with the 12C.

Lactuis said... »September 21, 2012

There are some interesting design element..but overall I don't like it because it looks like a toy car.... but I have to agree that this is the most polarizing car I have come accross...people either really love it or really hate it...

DavidRuck said... »September 21, 2012

Sleek and sexy sums it up. Still, I've got to go with the Aventador

Sushi Ninja said... »September 26, 2012

I guess you could "shut up" and stop "blathering" about something you know "nothing" about and that "no-one" wants to listen to.

interstatex said... »October 17, 2012

I think you meant "no one" wants to read but if you're hearing voices I'd keep it to yourself.

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