McLaren P1: updates
McLaren has unveiled new images of the P1, including the first photos of the interior. The production-ready supercar will be presented at the upcoming Geneva Show.
The new photos were taken at the Bahrain International Circuit (Manama, Bahrain, 11th February) ahead of the P1 arrival in the United Arab Emirates this week.
Carbon fiber is extensively used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and a single piece is shaped for the central control unit.
The top layer of resin has been removed, to leave the carbon non-lacquered for a more natural look, resulting in further weight savings of 1.5kg.
The amount of trim covering within the cabin has been minimized, leaving as many parts as exposed as possible, and there is no interior sound deadening.
Carpet is offered, as an option, but when chosen, it is fitted with a special lightweight backing.
The racing bucket seats use the minimum amount of foam, are encased in ultra-thin carbon fibre shells, and mounted on lightweight brackets and runners, contributing to an overall weight of just 10.5kg each.
The seat backs are fixed to 28 degrees from the vertical, but can be set to 32 degrees to make them more suitable for racing as it will give more helmet head room.
The height of the seat will be custom set to suit the driver and passenger, and can be subsequently adjusted in the workshop. Fixings for a six-point race harnesses are in place, in addition to inertia reel seat belts.
The steering wheel diameter is as technically precise as a McLaren racing driver’s wheel.
This is because past McLaren world champions’ grips were modeled on a CAD system and scanned to produce an exact replica. The rim is finished in Alcantara, with carbon fibre inserts.
The onboard equipment includes a full climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke sound system, developed from the outset with Meridian.
(Source: McLaren Automotive)