Pure Electric McLaren P1 In Development

JUN 19 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

McLaren P1 On The Track

McLaren P1 On The Track

McLaren has reportedly committed to developing its first pure electric car.

A McLaren insider told Auto Express the following:

“We will not make a P1.5 – we will wait for another step in technology. We have started work on a pure EV to sit in the Ultimate Series.”

According to the automaker, a follow-up to the now-discontinued plug-in hybrid P1 will be pure electric.

It’ll still be called the P1 (P1 EV to be precise) and it’ll join McLaren’s Ultimate Series of track-ready, road-going cars.

It’s price, though not yet announced, will be below that of the PHEV P1.

Auto Express adds:

“McLaren is preparing a cut-price all-electric hypercar to sit below the P1 in its limited-run Ultimate Series range. It will be a track-focused road car, and could go on sale before the end of the decade.”

“Previous reports had suggested the EV would be the P1’s successor and would make use of the electric drivetrain currently under development. But it has since come to light that a cheaper model could launch with a sub-£1million price tag.”

Reports suggest that the P1 EV may become the world’s first production electric car to break the 200 MPH barrier.

All of McLaren’s automobile, especially those in the Ultimate Series, have certain performance guidelines that must be met. One of those crieter for the electric P1 will be that the car can do at least 30 minutes of driving at track speeds and then have the ability to full recharge in 30 minutes or less.

We won’t see this P1 EV for several years, but at least we now know it’s in the works. Bring it on McLaren!

Source: Auto Express

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Maybe Elon will buy one. He likes McLarens 🙂

Good! The design of this car is amazing!

I think the importance of a ‘hyper’ EV is not to be underestimated in terms of changing the public’s perceptions of EVs in general.

I think that battery swapping could be really useful for electric race cars and hyper cars meant for the track. Rich people could afford the crazy costs and allow these cars to truly beat ice racers.

I still don’t understand why formula e doesn’t attempt to engineer a battery swapping setup instead of farcsicle car swapping.

Battery swapping is overly complex for the consumer market though.

I do not know if it is a sound idea.
High perf cars usually have a stiff body/chassis, swapable batteries means that you need easy access to the chassis usually.
Like Tesla did with the Model S and X, the battery pack is part of the body.

No wonder the Formula-E is not using swappable batteries.

Why not call it the McLaren E1?

P for petrol, E for electric.

No doubt.

Is that something that Elon will buy one and then design the next gen Roadster after…