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McLaren P1 caught testing in Spain

Thu, 29 Nov 2012

We're still awaiting details about the McLaren P1—successor to the legendary McLaren F1—but we have a better idea what the supercar will look like courtesy of some new spy photos.

McLaren officially unveiled the P1 at this year's Paris motor show. Its dramatic curves didn't disappoint.

Technically, the P1 McLaren brought to Paris was a concept—a design study that previewed the 2013 production car. Even so, we expect the lines on the Paris P1 serve as a good indicator of the real deal.

Now, photos of a McLaren P1 caught on the road in Spain bolster this belief.

The prototype P1 wears black-and-white wrap, but no camouflage can hide the car's standout styling. Its swoops, ducts and wrap-around headlights match those on the burnt orange car we saw in September. Also visible is the adjustable rear wing—capable of extending 4.7 inches on the road and up to 11.8 inches at track speeds.

There's still no official word on the supercar's powertrain but a mid-engine setup built around a twin-turbo V8 is likely. Output of 800 hp doesn't seem unreasonable, and a kinetic-energy-recovery system could bump that up to 960 hp.

We'll bring you details on the McLaren P1 as they become available. In the meantime, head to and check out more photos of the P1 prototype on the road.

By Graham Kozak