At next week's Paris Motor Show in Italy, McLaren Automotive will show off the P1 concept, a car that will do little to increase McLaren's model range. The P1 concept heralds a new production car to be launched next year.
McLaren will pull the wraps off its P1 concept at the Paris Motor Show next week.
Just like its only current model, the MP4-12C, which comes in hard-top and convertible formats, the P1 is a two-seat, low slung hyper-sport car. Those in the market for a sedan or SUV should continue to look elsewhere.
McLaren released no details about the new concept, and merely said that it will slot in above the MP4-12C in the company's limited model line-up.
McLaren said that the production car based off the P1 will have higher performance than its current MP4-12C model.
However, expect the P1 concept to use many of the construction techniques that McLaren employed on the MP4-12C, such as an aluminium tub and suspension pieces clad in carbon fibre panels. Engines for the MP4-12C come from Ricardo, an engineering company. As Ricardo maintains a major factory practically next door to the McLaren plant in Woking, UK, engines for the P1 will likely come from the same source.
As for design, the P1 shows a curvier body than the MP4-12C. The beltline dips down from the front fender, while the driver cell bubbles up in the centre. A single, large exhaust port is integrated with the rear panel of the P1, positioned up high, while diffusers mark the lower rear of the car.