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2013-02-13 10:14

DRIVER FOCUSED SUPERCAR: The interior of the new McLaren P1 is built for driver comfort behind the wheel. We'll have more images of the P1 at its official debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show.

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2013 McLaren P1 (Spy)

2012-11-30 12:59

2013 McLaren P1 (Spy)

LONDON, England - McLaren has clear goal for its new P1 supercar - to be the best driver’s car in the world both on and off the track.

To achieve this the UK automaker is focusing on performance and handling - not to mention its carbon-fibre shell - but all of this is inconsequential if the driver is uncomfortable behind the wheel.

As a result McLAren claims its new P1 is "fully focused on the driver" and has released some interior shots of its new model.

DESIGNED FOR COMFORT

The interior looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet, complete with glass canopy and a windscreen deeper than it is wide.

Despite being bred for the track, the P1 has creature comforts such as auto aircon, satnav and a top-end sound system developed with Meridian.

The interior has carbon-fibre panels on the dashboard, floor, roof and doors. A single piece is shaped for the central control unit.

To reduce weight, the top layer of resin has been removed, leaving the carbon non-lacquered for a more natural look while shaving 1.5kg.

WEIGHT SAVING = ROAD NOISE

The amount of trim in the cabin has been minimised, leaving as many parts as exposed as possible. There is no interior sound dampening - weight saving again...

Carpets are offered as an option for those who would like less road noise.

The bucket seats use the minimum foam, are encased in ultra-thin carbon-fibre shells and are mounted on lightweight brackets, contributing to an overall weight of only 10.5kg each.

The seat backs are fixed at 28 degrees (vertical) but can be set to 32 degrees to make them more suitable for racing. The height of the seat will be custom-set to suit the driver and passenger and can be adjusted in a McLaren workshop.

The steering-wheel diameter is as technically precise as that of a race car and has McLaren 'World Champion’ grips. The rim is finished in Alcantara, with carbon-fibre inserts.

The production-ready McLaren P1 will have its world debut at the 2013 Geneva International Auto Show in March.

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