McLaren Automotive has cracked open the lid of secrecy over the scheduled debut of its new supercar.
Ahead of its formal introduction at the Paris motor show next week, the company released on Tuesday the first images of the car, designated the P1, and they are certain to evoke memories of the highly regarded, limited-edition, million-dollar McLaren F1 supercar that the company introduced 20 years ago.
“The McLaren P1 has one simple goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track,” the company said in a media release. In contrast to the F1, which was unofficially the fastest production car in the world for a number of years, the company said performance characteristics of the P1 would skew toward quickness and ultimate lap times rather than top speed.
“The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,” Ron Dennis, executive chairman of McLaren, said in the release.
The car to be shown on Sept. 27 in Paris is positioned as a design study, but it is expected to hew closely to the form factor of the production model, expected to go on sale “within 12 months,” the company said. No pricing was provided, except to note that it would “sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.”
Although the P1 is to be produced in very limited quantities, the company said the new supercar would be a critical player in its strategy of raising annual production at the McLaren Production Center in Woking, England, to 4,000 units by middecade.