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Last Mclaren P1 rolls off the production line

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13 Dec 2015 17:15:38 IST

The final Mclaren P1 has rolled out of the production line at the Mclaren Performance Centre (MPC) in Woking, England. The company's first hybrid supercar, the P1 was sold out even before the first car was delivered. Limited to 375 units, the final Mclaren P1 was finished in the iconic shade of Volcano Orange, similar to the one seen on the 64th and final Mclaren F1 road car, chassis number 75. The final P1 also wears a carbon fibre diffuser and spoiler. The lightweight wheels are finished in silver, offering a contrast to the car's overall appearance.

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The Mclaren P1 debuted in its production form at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and production commenced from September 2013 onwards. The year also marked Mclaren's 50th anniversary.Each car was bespoke as it was built as per the requirements of each individual owner's taste and needs.

Speaking about the final Mclaren P1, Mike Flewitt, CEO at McLaren Automotive said, The McLaren P has achieved more than we ever expected of it since it was first previewed little over three years ago, both as a new generation of supercar, and in enhancing the McLaren brand globally.As the direct ancestor to the fabled McLaren F1 - and the first in a new breed of hybrid-powered supercars - it had big shoes to fill, and it has more than succeeded. It has established itself as a true contender, proving to be more than a worthy rival on both road and track against long established rivals. It has done a fantastic job of becoming the halo product for the McLaren Automotive brand as we have grown the business into the three tiered, profitable outfit that we are today."

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The Mclaren P1 was one of the first hybrid supercar to hit the market under the company's Ultimate Series range that sits above the Super Series and Sports Series. With its extensive carbon fibre construction, the P1 tipped the scales at 1,450kg of which 90kg comprised of the mono cage chassis - which incorporates the roof and lower structures, roof snorkel air intake, battery and power electronics housing.

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Other tricky bits included a Race Active Chassis Control System that turned the P1 into a race-prepped car at the touch of a button. In Race mode, the system stiffens the suspension by 300 per cent and reduces ground clearance by 50mm. The huge active rear wing also extends upto 300mm, thereby aiding rear downforce.

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The P1 has a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol motor and a lightweight electric motor which in conjunction produce 916PS at 7.300rpm and gut wrenching 900Nm of torque. Mclaren says that the battery acted as torque fill to nullify any turbo lag. Mclaren claims a 0-100 time of 2.8 seconds and the top speed is limited to 350kmph.

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The Mclaren P1 was tested extensively around the globe in extreme climatic conditions. Total development mileage stands at 6,20,000km which is equivalent to driving 15.5 times around the world.

With production of the Mclaren P1 now coming to an end , the company says that it is focusing on the limited series Mclaren P1 GTR, its track-only car under the Ultimate Series banner. Mclaren adds that the 1,000PS P1 GTR's production will cease by early next year.

PRODUCTION OF THE McLAREN P1 COMES TO AN END


375th and final example of the McLaren P1 produced Completion of the first production model in the McLaren range-topping Ultimate Series First full-body visual carbon conversions now in build with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) The final chapter in the production of the McLaren P1 has now been written as the 375th and final example was completed, bringing the curtain down on the most technologically advanced and dynamically accomplished supercar ever made. From launch, the groundbreaking model was designed with one key goal: to be the best drivers' car on road and track. Since headlining the debut motor show appearance for McLaren Automotive at the 2012 Paris Motor Show as a design study, the first model in the McLaren Ultimate Series has been writing headlines, breaking lap times and thrilling owners the world over. Production commenced during the summer of 2013, with all cars sold prior to the first car being delivered, and the first car finished with Ice Silver paintwork and extensive levels of visual carbon fibre rolled off the production line during the 50th anniversary celebrations of McLaren in September 2013. A fitting tribute to Bruce McLaren; the man whose dream it was to produce the ultimate drivers' car. Following this, each and every car was custom-built to the exacting specifications of its owner, in consultation with the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), ensuring that no two cars are the same. Running at full capacity, the bespoke Ultimate Series production line within the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) finished one car per day, with each individual model taking 17 days to complete on average. The final production example of the McLaren P1 is finished extensively in stunning pearlescent orange, achieved through a unique tinting process. The colour echoes the shade of the 64th and final McLaren F1 roadcar, chassis #075, which went on to inspire Volcano Orange, available today across the McLaren Automotive range. It features subtle styling elements in raw carbon fibre weave, with the finish only visible externally on the splitter, diffuser and the aerodynamic blades along the lower body, while the super-lightweight wheels are finished in silver. A blend of refinement and purposeful intent is evident inside the cabin with bespoke styling touches by the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) including gloss black detailing for the switchgear, instrument bezels and air conditioning vents. The lightweight carbon fibre-shelled racing seats include further MSO craftsmanship, with the final McLaren F1 roadcar again the inspiration for the final design. Upholstered in black and orange Alcantara, the contrasting details are carried across to the stitching on the steering wheel. Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren Automotive commented: 'The McLaren P1 has achieved more than we ever expected of it since it was first previewed little over three years ago, both as a new generation of supercar, and in enhancing the McLaren brand globally. 'As the direct ancestor to the fabled McLaren F1 and the first in a new breed of hybrid-powered supercars it had big shoes to fill, and it has more than succeeded. It has established itself as a true contender, proving to be more than a worthy rival on both road and track against long established rivals. It has done a fantastic job of becoming the halo product for the McLaren Automotive brand as we have grown the business into the three tiered, profitable outfit that we are today.' THE McLAREN P1: THE ULTIMATE SUPERCAR Combining a highly efficient petrol engine and lightweight electric motor, the McLaren P1 was the first of a new breed of supercars, debuting in production form at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The strictly limited production supercar was the first model in the exclusive Ultimate Series, which crowns the recently announced three McLaren model tiers, above the Super Series and the Sports Series. It rewrote the rulebook and challenged what people believed was possible, as the iconic McLaren F1 had done 20 years previously. The McLaren P1 introduced a number of new technologies to the supercar world, using techniques and developments from the world of motorsport to enhance performance. Through the pioneering use of weight-saving technologies and materials, including the extensive application of carbon fibre, the McLaren P1 has a dry weight of just 1,450kg. The carbon fibre MonoCage chassis which incorporates the roof and lower structures, roof snorkel air intake, battery and power electronics housing weighs just 90kg making it one of the lightest carbon fibre full-body structures used in any road car to date. The aerodynamic design, coupled with the groundbreaking RaceActive Chassis Control suspension system, offers a stiffer and more track-focused set up at the press of a button. 'Race' mode stiffens the suspension by 300 percent, pulls the car 50mm lower to produce ground effect aerodynamics, and extends the large active rear wing by 300mm. The result is 600kg of downforce at well below its maximum speeds (257km/h / 161mph) , which is considerably higher than most other high performance supercars, and more in line with the levels of downforce generated by a GT3 racing car. This downforce improves cornering ability, especially in high speed corners. The powertrain comprises a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine with a lightweight, highly powerful electric motor which, together, produces 916PS (903bhp) at 7,300rpm, and 900Nm (664lb ft) of torque. Through the seamless integration of the 179PS (176bhp) electric motor, 130Nm (96lb ft) of torque is available immediately, providing 'torque fill' to offset any turbo lag as a result of the larger turbos fitted to the combustion engine. Through this innovative approach, the McLaren P1 is propelled from a standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds, with 200km/h reached in 6.8 seconds and 300km/h achieved in just 16.5 seconds a full five seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1. Top speed is limited to 350km/h (217 mph). This performance is kept under control through a bespoke braking system, developed specifically for the McLaren P1, using materials previously used on the Ariane space programme. Formula 1 technology and expertise ensure optimal performance in every area, providing progressive and predictable braking in the most extreme of conditions, such as high speed track work. The groundbreaking powertrain also excels with regards to efficiency, returning 34.0mpg (8.3l/100km) on the EU combined cycle with CO2 emissions of just 194g/km. The McLaren P1 can also run solely on electric power, with a range of 11km (6.8 miles) and emissions reducing to zero. As with all models in the three McLaren model tiers, the McLaren P1 is exempt from gas guzzler tax in the US. THE MOST BESPOKE McLAREN TO DATE Since the first production example was completed at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in 2013, the McLaren P1 has proved to be the most popular vehicle with regards to bespoke tailoring. The specification of every one of the 375 production models has been built in consultation with the team at McLaren Special Operations (MSO). The world-class levels of craftsmanship ensured owners' requirements could be realised whether it was an individual interior colour scheme or a highly detailed exterior paint finish. Paul Mackenzie, McLaren P1 Programme Director and Executive Director - McLaren Special Operations, explains: 'The McLaren P1 has proved itself to be the most individualised model ever produced by McLaren Automotive. In the same way the engineering and design teams have pushed what is possible in terms of performance, our customers have pushed MSO to challenge what is possible and ensure that each example is finished to their specific tastes and exacting requirements. The level of bespoke work, paint finishes and tailoring has ensured that no two cars are the same, making every one truly unique.' In a fitting coincidence, as the finishing touches were being made to the 375th production model, the team at MSO has started work on the first full-body visual carbon fibre examples. This specialised conversion will see all painted panels replaced, with the finish being an example of the highest level of craftsmanship. THE ULTIMATE TESTING PROGRAMME As the most extreme model in the McLaren line-up, it was only fitting that the testing programme for the McLaren P1 was the most extreme. The three stages of development prototype eXperimatal (XP), Validation (VP) and Pre-production (PP) were tested extensively on the frozen lakes in Northern Sweden during an Arctic winter at temperatures of as low as -30?C before being baked in the desert heat of Arizona, California and Nevada. Temperatures soared as high as 52C / 126F, as the western coast of America experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record. The development programme also saw the McLaren P1 testing extensively on circuits across the world. The testing phase was focused on durability, refinement and performance, and the final challenge of the development programme was arguably the toughest of the entire programme a lap time of the fearsome Nrburgring-Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. The Nrburgring provides the ultimate test of any car, all 20.8 kilometres (13 miles) of twisting and undulating tarmac, and to achieve a sub-seven minute lap, an average speed in excess of 178km/h (111mph) is required along some of the longest straights, tightest bends, steepest inclines, and more changes in road surface than any other circuit. In achieving this final objective, the McLaren P1 joined the exclusive sub-seven minute club, underlining the goal of being the ultimate drivers' car on road and track. Chris Goodwin, Chief Test Driver explains: 'The testing and development programme for the McLaren P1 was one of the most rigorous and challenging, but also one of the most rewarding. We had learnt a lot through previous projects, and coupled with the unparalleled experience in motorsport, this programme truly was the culmination of everything McLaren has ever achieved. The integrated IPAS petrol-electric powertrain has been developed to provide seamless power delivery, while the latest in aerodynamics, lightweight materials and technology has been used to create a car which is as at home in the city as it was setting lap times.' Overall, during the development programme, the McLaren P1 covered in excess of 620,000 kilometres (385,250 miles) of testing, equivalent to more than 15 times around the world. With a focus on both road and track, more than a third of these test kilometres were on tracks around the world. THE ULTIMATE SERIES: THE FUTURE With the completion of the final McLaren P1, the Ultimate Series continues in production with the limited-edition McLaren P1 GTR. Production of the track-only, 1,000PS (986bhp) model is due to complete early in 2016. Commenting on the next stages of the top model tier within the McLaren range, Mike Flewitt concludes: 'We are in the final stages of production for the McLaren P1 GTR, with the last car due to complete build in the coming weeks. The McLaren P1 has already established itself as an icon and any car that is to continue the lineage of the Ultimate Series will need to be a worthy successor - a significant step change in technology or performance is required to ensure this is the case. The future is undecided at this stage, which is an exciting proposition.' THE McLAREN P1 IN NUMBERS Number built: 13 x eXperimental Prototype 5 x Validation Prototype 3 x Pre-Production 375 x production cars Build time 800 hours Number of people involved in the build 105 Paint 5-8 litres of base coat colour (dependent on colour). 8-9 litres of lacquer Paint process duration up to 5 days depending on specification Most popular colour Volcano Yellow Development mileage 620,000kms 15.5 times around the world Global split The Americas 34 percent Europe 26 percent Middle East & Africa 13 percent Asia Pacific 27 percent Ends Notes to Editors: A selection of high resolution images accompanying this release is available to download from the McLaren Automotive media site cars.mclaren.press. About McLaren Automotive: McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. Following the global launch of McLaren Automotive in 2010, the groundbreaking 12C was launched in 2011, the 12C Spider in 2012, and the limited-run McLaren P1 went into production in 2013. In keeping with its plan to introduce a new model each year, the company unveiled the 650S, in coupe and Spider form in 2014, and has announced the Sports Series among the models to be introduced in 2015. The brand continues to expand, and McLaren posted a profit during 2013 only the third year of vehicle production. This was followed in 2014, by a third consecutive year of growth in sales with a record 1,649 vehicles delivered via a dedicated global network of retailers in every major automotive market. McLaren Automotive Partners To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative and highly acclaimed sports cars, McLaren Automotive has partnered with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise and technology including, AkzoNobel, ExxonMobil, Pirelli and SAP. Designed for the track; Developed for the road The connection between Formula 1 and road cars at McLaren is a natural process of experience, knowledge, principles and process transfer. Through the integration of 50 years of Formula 1 racing expertise and knowledge, and over 20 years of heritage in producing landmark sports cars, McLaren Automotive designs, develops and builds a range of technologically advanced and groundbreaking high performance sports cars which are designed to be a no compromise drive on both road and track. McLaren has pioneered the use of carbon fibre in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis. Visit cars.mclaren.com for more details.
  

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