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STILL A DESIGN STUDY: The McLaren P1's looks will be at the 2012 Paris auto show and the automaker is hoping for production models in late 2013.

McLaren Automotive will use its first international motor show appearance to show its next-generation supercar - the P1.

The automaker says much of its technological and spiritual inspiration comes from the company’s racing division and the P1 has one simple goal: to be the world’s best driver’s car on road or track.

DOING IT AGAIN

The McLaren P1 will be shown as a design study at the 2012 Paris auto show, 'The World of the Automobile’. A production version, which the company aims to put on sale within 12 months, will be revealed in 2013.

“The P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road-car heritage,” says McLaren Automotive executive chairman Ron Dennis. “20 years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with P1 is to redefine it again.”

Managing director Antony Sheriff adds: “Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit.

“It is a true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. It will be the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar yet made.”

When the P1 goes into production it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider in price and performance.

The car will be unveiled at the show on September 27, 2012.


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