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McLaren P1 prototype seen testing on public roads

Posted Nov 30th 2012 1:30PM

McLaren P1 Spy Shots

Spy photographers have grabbed a few shots of the McLaren P1 out for a little testing on public streets. Much of the coupe's heavy camouflage has been discarded in favor of a trippy vinyl wrap, revealing the production version to be nearly identical to the concept McLaren unveiled at this year's Paris Motor Show. The company's new ultracar is designed to be somewhat smaller and more delicate compared to other bruisers in the segment, and McLaren has made it clear the machine will bow with the least frontal area of any new supercar on the planet. Even so, the wild bodywork will dish up something around 1,300 pounds of downforce at 200 km/h.

Details are still scarce when it comes to what sort of engine we can expect to see mounted amidships, but we do know the P1 will make use of a carbon fibre chassis that integrates the roll cage into the vehicle's roof structure. Likewise, every last one of the vehicle's body panels are expected to be stitched from carbon fibre as well. Sounds like a party!

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