McLaren P1 confirmed for Geneva

24 Jan, 2013 1:00pm Jack Rix

The production version of the McLaren P1 will debut at Geneva in March

The wait is almost over for details of the most exciting British-built car for decades. McLaren has confirmed that a production-ready version of its £700,000 hybrid P1 hypercar – the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 - will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. In the meantime, the manufacturer has released three new images and a video of a prototype undergoing rigorous testing.

First shown as a styling model at the Paris Motor Show in September last year, the P1’s technical details have been shrouded in mystery ever since, although pieces of information have leaked out.

Power is expected to top 700bhp using a tuned version of the 12C’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 boosted by an Formula One-style electric KERS system. McLaren also let slip that that the P1 generates 600kg of downforce at 150mph, the same amount as the 12C GT3 racer.

Shown in picture spitting blue flames from its exhaust, the P1 will go up against the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari Enzo replacement (both of which will also go on sale in 2013).

And even the camouflage used on the P1 prototype, designed to obscure the aerodynamic curves, plays on McLaren’s rich motorsport heritage. It features white outlines of famous circuits from around the world on a black background.

We’ll bring you all the details of what McLaren claims will be “the best driver's car in the world on road and track” when it’s officially revealed on 5 March 2013.