We’ve got specifications of the new McLaren F1 (P12) which appear to confirm our earlier reports on its power and performance.
Update: It seems the source of this story – an article on Jalopnik – was actually based on a spoof. So all we have is a mish-mash of best guesses and speculation and no new facts at all (see comments at the bottom). Oh, well.
In July we reported that the new McLaren F1 (P12) would be getting close to 1,000bhp for scintillating performance, an extreme design and would get a private showing at Pebble Beach.
At the time we wrote that we were still convinced McLaren were planning to take a real P12 to Pebble, but in the end they took an iPad presentation for a one-to-one look at their new hyprecar for a select few McLaren faithful.
That meant the new F1 would get its first reveal at the same time as the Ferrari F70 – at the Paris Motor Show this month – with McLaren teasing the P12 just this last week ahead of that debut.
Now we get what appears to be confirmation (more or less) of our original report on the P12′s performance from one of those lucky few who were at Pebble, and in McLaren’s good books, who’ve been having a quiet word with our friends over at Jalopnik.
Jalopnik are reporting their man as saying the P12 will get 803 horses at 9,100rpm (yes, 9100rpm) from a tweaked version of the 3.8 litre V8 from the MP4-12C, with a KERS boost adding another 160 horses. That’s a total of 963 horses at its disposal.
But the P12 isn’t just very powerful, it’s light. At under 1250kg the new F1 will have a power to weight ratio like no other road car. 0-62mph is said to come up in 2.8 seconds (which is a bit slower than we thought) but the quarter mile time of 9.1 seconds and 161mph is quite astonishing. Top speed is 239mph, but then top speed was never the priority.
But handling is a priority, and the new F1 is said to have active aerodynamics and can generate 2g of lateral force on road tyres and should be capable of out-handling anything else that could be considered competition. Apparently, the new F1 has lapped Silverstone 24 seconds quicker than any road car ever has.
According to Jaopnik’s man the new McLaren F1 will cost around £850,000 (+vat) and McLaren will make just 500.
Over to you, McLaren. Do we get official specs ahead of the new F1′s debut at Paris?