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McLaren P1 Goes Hybrid

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McLaren P1 Goes Hybrid

One of the planet’s most powerful hybrid automobiles will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The McLaren P1 will offer a 903-horsepower engine system and 663 foot-pounds of torque. The plug-in hybrid successor to the F1 comes with a charging unit that can re-up the battery pack in just two hours. The mid-engine V8 twin-turbo is actually a reworked M838T teamed with an electric motor. The rear-wheel-drive P1 boasts a featherweight, 212-pound battery on the underside of its carbon-fiber chassis. Exact pricing and fuel economy data are currently unavailable, but a million-dollar price tag would not be unreasonable.

McLaren P1: Video

The P1 concept that made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show may well make it to the production line fully intact, or close to it. The most recent spy shots of the car (see video) reveal a fire-breathing monster that is the epitome of power. This is the follow-up to the company’s F1. Some attentive fans claim to see the McLaren logo in the headlight design. With a sticker price that will likely weigh in at slightly over $1,000,000, the production P1 is said to be limited to 500 total units. The mid-engine car uses carbon fiber components to reduce weight, and features the automaker’s unique “safety cage” design concept, also known as the MonoCage. While mph max numbers are hard to pin down, it has been rumored that the P1 would have a top speed of approximately 240 mph, though production models will almost certainly be acceleration-governed.

McLaren P1 Hybrid

One of the few confirmed facts about the car is its all-electric range, which stands at six miles. Officials are expected to announce all pertinent spec data during the unveiling at the Geneva show.

For more about one of the world’s fastest hybrid cars, see McLaren’s official website:
http://www.mclarenautomotive.com/

Larry Bell writes about cars, gadgets, business, and history. He has been a professional writer and editor for over 20 years and enjoys all car-related topics, especially electric and hybrid vehicle news. Larry covers the auto industry for MPA and often reports live from the floor of major shows in Detroit, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas and elsewhere.

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