McLaren Teases P1 Instrument Cluster, Exhaust Note

McLaren continued the slow feed of information on its forthcoming P1 supercar with photos of the car’s instrument cluster, details on its “Race” mode, and a short video that features sound of the car’s engine. The McLaren P1 itself will be fully revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The new photos reveal that the McLaren P1 will use a fully digital instrument cluster that can display the car’s current gear, speed, and other information like coolant or oil temperature. When Race mode is selected, the top of the display shows green, red, and blue dots meant to emulate the shift lights on Formula 1-car steering wheels.

Selecting Race mode also automatically adjusts the “active” rear wing, extending it and moving it to an angle designed to improve aerodynamic downforce. McLaren says it will reveal more information about Race mode at a later date, but we can likely expect the option to also increase transmission shift speed and to make the suspension firmer or more responsive.

Finally, a brief teaser video not only shows the car’s digital instrument cluster, but also includes the McLaren P1‘s exhaust note and a brief shot of the car on a race track. We expect the supercar soundtrack to come from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, possibly with as much as 700 hp.

An included photo of the McLaren P1 in profile looks just like our earlier spy photos (and McLaren’s official teasers) of the car — and, indeed, just like the concept car shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Hardly surprising, given that McLaren P1 program director Paul Mackenzie previously told us the Paris concept car was “95 percent of what the production car will look like.”

McLaren has its goal is “to produce the best driver’s car in the world on road and track.” The production car is expected to debut publicly in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and ultimately go on sale at the end of this summer.

Source: McLaren

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