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McLaren P1 concept

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0700

The McLaren P1 concept – the company's flagship hypercar model – will make its world debut at the Paris motor show next week ahead of the production model some time next year.

These first images reveal an exterior that's more expressive in its surfacing and graphics than the existing MP4-12C, with a particular motif made of McLaren's 'tick' logo through the DRG. Its bodywork also appears to be layered over the underlying carbon structure that appears around the nose, rear and door panel, which hint at the diagonal bar that ran through the F1's doors, although here it dives downwards rather than creating a wedge.

The rear is particularly unusual with its huge expanse of black outlets and diffusers, bordered by a thin row of LED lamps. We'll be particularly interested to see how this reads on the show stand in Paris.

Unfortunately the car will be shown without its interior.

Despite the huge performance promised by the car it appears to be surprisingly free from aerodynamic addenda. McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff said: "Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made."