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Inside the McLaren P1

The McLaren P1™ has a clear goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on road and track. For this reason, the cabin of the McLaren P1™ is fully focused on the driver, and is clear from clutter and distraction as these first images show.

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Light weight – as with the rest of the car – is a priority, yet the McLaren P1™ retains luxury features such as full climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke Meridian sound system. The amount of switches and trim within the cabin has been minimized. Many parts are as exposed as possible. There is no interior sound deadening. Carpet is optional and is fitted with a special lightweight backing when chosen.

McLaren is a pioneer in the use of carbon fiber, and it features extensively throughout the McLaren P1™, but it’s also used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and a single piece central control unit to further optimize weight. Even the top layer of resin has been removed from the carbon fiber, to leave the carbon non-lacquered for a more natural look which saves a another 3.3 lbs.

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The racing bucket seats are encased in ultra-thin carbon fiber shells,use a small amount of foam and are then mounted on lightweight brackets and runners. Contributing to an overall weight of just 23.1 lbs each. The seat backs are fixed but can be re-set for a more suitable racing position allowing more helmet head room. The height of the seat – custom set to suit the driver and passenger. Adjusting being done in shop only. Fixings for a six-point race harnesses are in place, in addition to inertia reel seat belts.

The steering wheel is a McLaren racing driver’s wheel. This is because past McLaren world champions’ grips were CAD modeled and scanned to produce an exact replica. Then finished in Alcantara, with carbon fiber inserts.

Further details of the McLaren P1™ will be released in the coming weeks, before the production-ready car makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. So be sure to check back with your number one enthusiast-purist website.

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