McLaren P1 spied

1 Nov, 2012 5:54pm Luke Madden

The production version of the McLaren P1 has been spotted, ahead of its release next year

The McLaren P1 hypercar, previewed in concept form at the Paris Motor Show, is on the road to production.

These spy shots show the radical design of the concept is something that’ll be almost entirely transferred to the production model. It features the same low-slung design, but a few changes to the rear have seen a set of more traditional taillights fitted.

No exact details have been released on what will power the P1, but we’ve been told to expect it to produce more than 592bhp per tonne. Rumours suggest almost 1,000bhp will be on offer from a tuned V6 engine, boosted by a KERS-style electric motor.

A carbon-fibre MonoCell developed from the one in the 12C will feature, along with a large rear wing. This will have two settings: a drag reduction mode to maximise speed and a high performance mode for maximum downforce.

The P1 will take on the Porsche 918 Spyder and all-new Ferrari Enzo when it goes on sale in the middle of next year. Prices are expected to start from about £700,000.