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McLaren unveils P1 supercar

s P1 will be the flagship in the carmaker s model range

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Like a child playing of the castle, Ron Dennis is on top of the world.

The chairman of McLaren, the British 1 racing and technology group, is buzzing, and so is the entire hall as he the company s ВЈ800,000 ($1.3m) P1

The crowd of hundreds of journalists and executives from rival make the whole event a rock n roll gig.

And Mr owns the stage.

We strive for he declares. Our real DNA is about constant search for perfection.

rival

As a flagship model for McLaren Automotive, the P1 brings its range to three — in to its 12C coupe and 12C spider.

An entry-level McLaren that is to cost a tenth of the P1 s price and go with cars such as s 911 is expected in a year or two.

The has even designed a concept car to for an anonymous customer, dubbed the X-1 and earlier this year.

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When compared with carmakers, that may not sound much.

But in the world of supercars it is a indication that McLaren one day emerge as a serious rival to on the road as well as on the Formula 1 track.

It s not our ambition to be bigger than says McLaren Automotive s director, Antony Sheriff, modest given that currently sells some cars per year while sells about 7,200.

But it is our to build up a product line of a size, he tells BBC News in an It will become broader.

one day’

Initially at least, s model range will be to mid-engined sportscars.

The carmaker has no to start making, say, cars with four to rival models such as the FF, Mr Sheriff says.

But of course, it is to dream.

Maybe one day, Mr says, after we ve established the and we have this line-up of and we re really successful, and we have that we want to invest to the brand, then maybe we ll do different.

But if we do it, it ll have to be the best in the world.

spirit

In the 1990s, McLaren did a car that was widely hailed as the in the world — or at least, the

In 1998, its three-seater F1 model was at 242.9mph, earning it the record as the car in the world.

According to Mr Sheriff, the P1 is a heir to the F1 crown.

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They re cars which come the same spirit, but they re that are very, very he explains.

The F1 at the time brought an amount of Formula 1 technology the structure of the car — carbon It was a car that was significantly faster anything else out there, Mr recalls.

P1 also moves the technology far, far forward, but does it in a way s different.

On and off the track

Having the P1, McLaren s design chief Stephenson is full of praise for the behind the car.

These aren t car engineers, they re engineers, he grins.

To them, is possible.

McLaren says its is no vanity project

With to McLaren s toolkit, the engineers put together a light-weight and very carbon fibre mono that wraps around the clad in a thin carbon skin that has been in the company s own wind tunnel to aerodynamics and natural air cooling

The result is a very light car to perform on the track while being a comfortable drive on the

Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top but to be the quickest and most rewarding production road car on a circuit, Mr Dennis.

The car on show in Paris is a design study, so final about its engine and other will not be revealed until at the Geneva motor show.

But there is speculation that the car come with some of petrol-electric hybrid system to efficiency, and thus curb emissions and fuel consumption.

All of sounds phenomenally expensive, the question: Is the automotive division a project funded by McLaren s and technology divisions?

Mr Sheriff insists it is not, to a corporate structure where the division is an independent company.

We do to be profitable, he says. We do need to our own face.

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