McLaren is starting to unravel the puzzle that is the new P1 hypercar, piece by piece. First, it was the concept, then some details about its lightweight structure and the changes on the production model, before the British firm told us about the P1's digital instrument panel with the "Race" mode function just last week.
The latest visuals from McLaren concern the P1's carbon-fiber cockpit, which the automaker describes as being "fully focused on the driver, and is clear from clutter and distraction".
Unlike the P1's spiritual predecessor, the F1, which featured a 1+2 seating layout with the driver positioned in the center, McLaren's new hypercar has a traditional two-seat configuration.
The design is purposely minimalistic with McLaren stating that it "feels like the cockpit of a fighter jet", though, it certainly looks like it lacks the styling finesse of Italian supercars.
Most parts of the interior are made from lightweight carbon-fiber, including the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and the flowing central control unit.
"Attention to detail within the interior of the McLaren P1 is such that, to further reduce weight, the top layer of resin has been removed, to leave the carbon non-lacquered for a more natural look…and saves a further 1.5kg [3.3 pounds]," said the Woking-based company.
McLaren chose to skip on the trim and even sound deadening materials and carpet (though, it will be offered as an option…) to optimize weight saving even further. The sport seat backs are fixed to 28 degrees from the vertical, but can be set to 32 degrees, while the height will be custom set to suit the driver and passenger – but, only at Mclaren's workshop.
More details on the McLaren P1 will be released in the coming weeks before its world premiere at next month's Geneva Auto Salon.