Thursday, February 6, 2014

McLaren P1 In Bahrain

While attending GulfRun9 and skipping the Kuwait motor show or whatever it was called.. I heard from Khalid (One of the founders of GulfRun) that awesome cars will be on display during the event in Bahrain.

Awesome means a lot but I didn't get it..

And as you see.. I met the new.. P1


The car accommodate so many radiators to help the V8 Twin Turbo Unit in the back to cool off..
Which means added weight.. along with the battery which also weighs another 120KG.

I was with a fellow blogger (Dude from 7ajiDude.com) and I saw him asking Duncan Hill the aftersales regional manger for the middle east and south africa some questions.. so I listen only for 20 seconds..

Then I started asking one question after another for the following two hours non-stop..
Duncan was well aware of everything!!!! literally Everything!!! because he used to be a senior engineer for the McLaren F1 car!

From the racing history!
McLaren F1 history and details!
Ron Dennis!
Gordon Murrey!
The new MP4-12C
And the new P1!!


He gave me a tour around the car and explained every single detail about aerodynamics and how the transmission can work with both electric and combustion chamber motors..

How cooling works..
How the single carbon tub was made and why compared to the F1.
How's the air being circulated from the front end to the rear wing and air diffuser.



I was mesmerised! I mean the car looks better in real life than in pictures.. you get to notice how wide it is.. yet the rear tires are only 315mm! while the Bugatti fits 355 and The Dodge SRT Viper accommodates 345mm!

Its all systems now rather than mechanical.

So why add an electric motor and add weight while your V8 with the already bigger turbos and lighter shell already do great?

Because of some silly fuel emissions regulations going on all over the globe.. and to help customers pay less taxes.
And for the instant torque.. other than this.. The car can drive on electric mode only for 20KM before it runs out of power and ignite the V8.

Sound was cool.. only inside the pits.. didn't got the chance to see it actually drive. but they claimed a new record around Bahrain International Circuit.


All 350 P1s already sold out, I believe two or three are sold in Bahrain alone. Not sure if any of them coming to Kuwait.

But on the other hand, Kuwait Dealer Ali Alghanem and sons got a certificate to be the best McLaren dealer world wide as they claimed.. so why not.

Having in mind it uses almost the same engine in the MP4.


In the same pit garage sits a nice orange MP4-12C limited edition 50th anniversary car that looks absolutely humble next to the P1.

This is so mind disturbing.. Because if you drove the MP4 and noticed the amount of power and control over other rivals.. you start to build up some respect and fear every time you come across one.. but next to the P1! NO!



The rear wing is scoop shaped and made fully from Carbon Fiber.. with two hydraulic jacks that can lift up to a baby elephant..

and it reacts to the driving needs based on the speed being done. with the DRS set up.


If you know enough about the McLaren F1 and the MP4.. you know then that McLaren never leave anything untouched or for later..

Everything is taken care of.. although I don't like the way the SLR drives a lot.. I admit it is powerful but it was a grand tourer not a full on track car.



From the inside, it looks somehow similar, very simple and practical.. To me.. it was easy to enter the car and come out.
They added some roll cage hidden under a carbon clothing to give the car more rigidity and make it safer.


DRS is now available at the press of a button mounted on the steering wheel, available whenever you wanna take over some 918s :P




Some of the smart stuff that no one noticed.. all the carbon in the interior is matte. This is actually been studied and can stop sun reflection to the driver.


The weight issue is lingering since they added some more weight with the electric motor.. so they used lighter leather and alcantara. they say that the leather in the MP4 is better but thats not the main aim for such a car.

Hidden buttons under the door are too smart too to be accessible to the driver without having to go inside the car to reach them..

I could do a lecture about this car and rephrase everything Duncan told me!
Number of the nurburgring are not everything to me.. but will love if they manage to do better than they one they claimed. 

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