Friday 28 September 2012

World Endurance Championship, round 6 in Sakhir/Bahrain Second quickest qualifying time for Porsche

World Endurance Championship, round 6 in Sakhir/Bahrain

Second quickest qualifying time for Porsche

Stuttgart. Porsche clinches a good grid spot for the first meeting of the World Endurance Championship in Bahrain: In qualifying on the Bahrain International Circuit, Richard Lietz (Austria) clocked the second quickest time with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the strongly supported GT field. In the race on Saturday he shares the cockpit of the Felbermayr-Proton 911 with his works driver colleague Marc Lieb (Germany).

“We’ve didn’t expect to already reach the peak with our tyres in the first lap. For this reason we didn’t manage to squeeze those last thousandths of a second out of them. Still, it’s the best lap time that we’ve turned here by now,” said Richard Lietz. “Now we just have to hope that the tyres perform well over the whole race distance. Somewhat cooler temperatures would be to our advantage like in Brazil recently where we were very competitive especially in the second half of the race. The track is selective and great fun, particularly with new tyres which you can use in the fast corners to really put the pressure on. The wind is a slight problem – it blows the sand onto the track and is always changing direction. But that also makes things interesting.”

In the GTE Am class, Paolo Ruberti planted the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche in last year’s spec on the third grid spot. “I only drove one fast lap so that I could conserve the tyres for the race,” stated the Italian, who shares driving duties with his teammates Christian Ried (Germany) and Gianluca Roda (Italy). “So I’m pleased with the third grid spot. That’s a good starting position for the race.”

The six hour race starts on Saturday, 29 September, at 16.00 hrs local time (17.00 CEST). Eurosport 1 televises highlights on 2 October at 00.15 hrs.

Result Qualifying

GTE Pro class
1. Turner/Mücke (GB/D), Aston Martin Vantage, 2:00.234 minutes
2. Lieb/Lietz (D/A), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.298 seconds
3. Fisichella/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari F458 Italia + 1.288
4. Bertolini/Beretta (I/MC), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 1.627

GTE Am class
1. Aguas/Kauffman/Vickers (O/USA/USA), Ferrari F458 Italia, 2:02.812 minutes
2. Bornhauser/Canal/Rees (F/F/BRA), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.441 seconds
3. Ried/Roda/Ruberti (D/I/I), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.874
4. Bourret/Gibon/Belloc (F/F/F), Chevrolet Corvette, + 2.122
5. Camathias/Palttala/Daniels (CH/SF/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.860

2013 race calendar
The provisional calendar for the 2013 World Endurance Championship has been released in Bahrain and includes the following races:

14.04. Silverstone/Great Britain
04.05. Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
22./23.06. 24 Hours of Le Mans/France
24.08. Sao Paulo/Brazil
22.09. Austin/USA*
20.10. Fuji/Japan
10.11. Shanghai/China*
30.11. Sakhir/Bahrain

*to be confirmed

The World Endurance Championship
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles race in the new World Endurance Championship. They are divided into four classes that start together but are classified separately:
LMGTE Pro class: This class is reserved for slightly modified standard sports cars with 440 to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms (e.g. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR).
LMGTE Am class: Like the LMGTE Pro, but the regulations stipulate that only last year’s cars are eligible and there must be no more than one professional driver per vehicle.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with around 440 hp and a 900 kilogram minimum weight.

Communication Porsche AG
Motorsport Press
Oliver Hilger

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes confirms multi-year deal with Sergio Perez

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes confirms multi-year deal with Sergio Perez
-              22-year-old Mexican joins 2009 world champion Jenson Button
-              Perfect blend of youth and experience
-              Team praises youngster’s "giant-killing" performances and thrilling potential
-              Perez: “It's a very big step in my career, but I'm ready for it”
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is delighted to announce that it has signed 22-year-old Mexican Sergio Perez to a multi-year deal from the start of the 2013 season.
Sergio Perez
In just two short years, Sergio has made a stunning impression on Formula 1, taking a string of hugely impressive giant-killing podium finishes while combining a deft turn of speed with considerable maturity, and showcasing the potential ability to become one of the biggest stars in global motorsport.
Sergio’s new deal means that he will begin a driving partnership with 2009 world champion Jenson Button. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team’s new driver line-up offers the perfect blend of youth and experience – a combination from which both sides of the garage will be set to benefit.
While Sergio’s career with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will begin in earnest in Melbourne next year, his future team remains absolutely committed to fighting for, and providing every opportunity to both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to contest, the 2012 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships.
Sergio Perez said:
“I’m thrilled and delighted to have become a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver. The McLaren name is one of the greatest in the history of Formula 1. For more than 40 years McLaren has been a team that every racing driver has aspired to drive for – I was brought up on the great stories of Ayrton Senna's many world championship triumphs for McLaren – and I'm truly honoured that they've chosen me to partner Jenson from 2013 onwards.
“I've spent the 2012 season working very hard to demonstrate my potential, but I've always remained humble and focused. I am, and always will be, extremely grateful to Peter [Sauber] and everybody at the Sauber Formula 1 team for their belief in me, and for giving me the chance to race in Formula 1.
“In fact, they gave me the perfect opportunity to demonstrate what I can do – and I'm now equally grateful to Martin [Whitmarsh] and everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for giving me the chance to take this next very big step in my career.
“I'm under no illusion that it is indeed a very big step – as it would be for any driver – but I'm ready for it. So, while I'm still fully focused on doing my best for Sauber for the remainder of this season, I'm already massively looking forward to working with everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and with Jenson, who's someone I’ve long admired as a brilliant driver and a great champion.
“I'd like to thank Carlos Slim Jr, who has helped me since I was 14 years old, without whom I wouldn't be where I am today. Our journey together over the past eight years has been an incredible one, and I'll do everything in my power to deliver with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes the results that he and I have been working so hard and so long to achieve together.
“As I say, I've worked very hard to get to this stage in my career, and I'm now massively looking forward to this next even more exciting stage. It's fantastic that all the sacrifices I've made are now paying off. For example, I remember very clearly the first day I left my family, when I was 15, to live in Germany to race in Formula BMW. It was tough for me - I was sleeping in a restaurant at that time - but the dream of one day becoming a Formula 1 driver kept me going through those difficult days.
“Finally, I'd like to thank my beloved family, who've encouraged me at every turn, and last but far from least the people of Mexico, my home country, whose magnificent support I'll do my very best to reward with future successes with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.”
Martin Whitmarsh (Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) said:
“On behalf of everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, I’m delighted to welcome Sergio on board. His performances throughout 2012 have convinced us that he's an extremely exciting prospect for the future.
“It was a string of giant-killing performances, a trio of podiums and a brilliant fastest lap in this year’s Monaco Grand Prix that showed us that Sergio lacks nothing in terms of speed and commitment. We've been monitoring his progress carefully for some months - and, now that he's become part of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, our task will be to refine and develop his abilities as his career progresses over the coming years.
“Uniting Sergio alongside Jenson will give us a very broad base of driver ability. Jenson is one of motorsport’s greatest ambassadors, and his unique blend of prodigious speed and canny race-craft makes him formidably well-armed to fight for victory on any grand prix circuit in the world. While Sergio is still developing his palette of skills, we're convinced that he's not only talented and quick, but also that he's willing and eager to learn.
“He's perfectly poised to develop into a world championship challenger. His addition to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team provides us with the perfect two-pronged driver line-up for the new season.
“Finally, it's entirely appropriate that I should take this opportunity to pass on our thanks to Lewis Hamilton. He wrote a huge chapter of his life and career with us, and was, and always will be, a fine member of an exclusive club: the McLaren world champions' club.
"It goes without saying that we all wish him well for the future, just as it also goes without saying that we hope and believe that Sergio, too, will become a member of that exclusive club before too long.”
Morten Lundal (Group Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone) said:
“On behalf of all at Vodafone, I'd like to say how pleased we are that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has signed Sergio to a multi-year deal. We look forward to enjoying success with Sergio and McLaren.”
Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez Mendoza was born in Guadalajara, central Mexico, on January 26 1990. 
He is the fifth Mexican driver to contest a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship – following in the footsteps of Moises Solana (1963-1968), Ricardo Rodriguez (1961-1962), Pedro Rodriguez (1963-1968) and Hector Rebaque (1977-1979).
Sergio’s route into motorsport was always assured: his father Antonio was a Mexican Formula Vee champion and his older brother Antonio was a champion in Mexico’s Corona NASCAR series. Sergio is managed by successful IndyCar/Le Mans driver Adrian Fernandez, a fellow Mexican.
After cutting his teeth in karting in Mexico and junior single-seaters in North America, Sergio moved to Europe in 2005, aged 15, to compete in Formula BMW. After two seasons, he quickly graduated through A1 Grand Prix, and completed two seasons of British Formula 3 (he was the National Class winner in 2007 with 14 race victories, and won four races and finished fourth in the Championship Class in 2008) and GP2, initially contesting the GP2 Asia series in 2008 before spending two seasons in the principal GP2 category in 2009 and 2010.
His second GP2 campaign (2010) resulted in five race victories (at Monaco, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchamps and Yas Marina) and the runner-up spot in the championship behind the more experienced Pastor Maldonado.
Sergio then graduated to Formula 1 with Sauber in 2011, partnering Kamui Kobayashi. He finished seventh in his first-ever grand prix (Melbourne) before both the team's cars were disqualified for a technical infringement. His best result in his maiden season was a seventh place, in the Santander British Grand Prix.
For 2012, he remained at Sauber, completing a series of stunning drives – impressive second-place finishes at Sepang and Monza and a strong third-placed finish in Montreal – to cement his position as one of Formula 1’s brightest new hopes. He currently lies ninth in the Formula 1 world championship standings, with 66 world championship points from seven points-finishes.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

Thursday 27 September 2012

Audi and Toyota Trade Lap Times in Free Practice / Audi se rebiffe !

Audi and Toyota Trade Lap Times in Free Practice / Audi se rebiffe !

The first two Free Practice sessions of the 6 Hours of Bahrain weekend took place at the Bahrain International Circuit today.  The first 90-minute session saw the sun setting on the 5.4km circuit and it was the Toyota Racing Toyota TS030-Hybrid that set the quickest time.  However in the second session, which was run in the dark, it was the Audis that regained the advantage, with the nr1 Audi of Benoit Tréluyer posting a time that was 0.3 seconds faster with a lap of 1:47.403.  The nr21 Strakka Racing HPD-Honda was the faster of the four LMP1 Privateers, with Danny Watts setting the quickest time in the two sessions, just 1.3 seconds adrift of the lead Audi.

1 1 Audi Sport Team Joest M. Fässler / A. Lotterer / B. Tréluyer Audi R18 e-tron quattro                         1:47.403
2 2 Audi Sport Team Joest T. Kristensen / A. McNish Audi R18 e-tron quattro                                          +0.381
3 7 Toyota Racing                A. Wurz / N. Lapierre Toyota TS030 - Hybrid                                                   +0.947
4 21 Strakka Racing             N. Leventis / D. Watts / J. Kane HPD ARX 03a - Honda                                  +1.377
5 22 JRM                               D. Brabham / K. Chandhok / P. Dumbreck HPD ARX 03a - Honda                 +1.697
6 12 Rebellion Racing         N. Prost / N. Jani Lola B12/60 Coupé - Toyota                                                +2.055

The nr35 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan was the quickest LMP2 in both sessions with the second session being the quickest as Alex Brundle set a lap of 1:53.434, just 0.018 seconds ahead of the nr44 Starworks Motorsports HPD-Honda and 0.109 seconds ahead of the nr24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan.

1 35 Oak Racing                   B. Baguette / D. Kraihamer / A. Brundle Morgan - Nissan                               1:53.434
2 44 Starworks Motorsports V. Potolicchio / T. Kimber-Smith /S. Sarrazin HPD ARX 03b-Honda             +0.018
3 24 Oak Racing                   J. Nicolet / M. Lahaye / O. Pla Morgan -                                                           +0.109
4 49 Pecom Racing              L. Perez Companc / N. Minassian / P. Kaffer Oreca 03 - Nissan                     +0.307

The GTE Pro class was once again a close affair with the nr51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia going quickest in the first session while the nr97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 of Darren Turner going slightly quicker in the night session with a time of 2:01.849, nearly half a second ahead of the nr77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche of Richard Lietz.

1 97 Aston Martin Racing                    S. Mücke / D. Turner Aston Martin Vantage V8                2:01.849
2 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton            M. Lieb / R. Lietz Porsche 911 RSR (997)                          +0.452
3 51 AF Corse                                       G. Fisichella / T. Vilander Ferrari F458 Italia                    +1.498
4 71 AF Corse                                       A. Bertolini / O. Beretta Ferrari F458 Italia                         +1.622

The second Felbermayr Porsche was the top of its class in the second session as Paolo Ruberti posted a 2:04.725 lap, 0.097s ahead of the nr57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia of Michele Rogolo. However it was the nr61 AF Corse-Waltrip Ferrari of Rui Aguas that was the quickest of the LMGTE Am cars on day one with a lap time of 2:04.077 in the first session.

1 61 AF Corse-Waltrip                         R. Kauffman / R. Aguas / B. Vickers Ferrari F458 Italia     2:04.077

1 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton            C. Ried / G. Roda / P. Ruberti Porsche 911 RSR (997)    2:04.725
2 57 Krohn Racing                               T. Krohn / N. Jönsson / M. Rugolo Ferrari F458 Italia     +0.097
3 61 AF Corse-Waltrip                         R. Kauffman / R. Aguas / B. Vickers Ferrari F458 Italia     +0.314

Free Practice Three will take place tomorrow at 09:50 (local) with the first of the two qualifying sessions getting underway at 16:00 (local) later in the afternoon.

CLICK HERE for the results from Free Practice


Audi se rebiffe !
La nuit est tombée sur le Royaume de Bahreïn, mais pas la température ! Non seulement la température extérieure, avec 31°C, mais aussi dans les stands puisque la séance d’essais nocturne vient à peine de s’achever. La deuxième séance d’essais libres a vu Audi réagir face à la performance de Toyota lors de la première session.

Les deux Audi R18 e-tron quattro ont repris la main après être restées en retrait lors de la première session. C’est la voiture n°1 des doubles vainqueurs des 24 Heures du Mans, André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler et Benoît Tréluyer, qui s’est hissée en haut de la feuille des temps avec un chrono de 1’47’’403 réalisé par le pilote français, soit plus de trois dixièmes plus rapide que celui réalisé par Alex Wurz lors de la première séance. Ils sont talonnés par la voiture sœur n°2 d’Allan McNish et Tom Kristensen, le Danois ayant échoué à trois dixièmes, tandis que la Toyota TS030 n°7 de Toyota Racing, aux mains d’Alexander Wurz et Nicolas Lapierre, ne pouvait faire mieux qu’un tour en 1’48’’350, signé par le Français.

Pas de changement en revanche en tête des écuries privées LMP1, Danny Watts et ses équipiers Jonny Kane et Nick Leventis restent devant avec la HPD-Honda n°21 de Strakka Racing avec un temps de 1’48’’780. Le classement est inversé pour les deux positions suivantes puisque la HPD-Honda n°22 de JRM s’est montrée plus rapide, grâce à Karun Chandhok et ses acolytes David Brabham et Peter Dumbreck, que la Lola-Toyota n°12 de Rebellion, au volant de laquelle Neel Jani a réalisé son meilleur temps dans l’ultime tour de la séance.

Le leader n’a pas changé non plus en LMP2, la Morgan-Nissan n°35 d’OAK Racing gardant la première place, même si cette fois, c’est Dominik Kraihamer qui s’est illustré en bouclant un tour en 1’53’’434, plus rapide que celui de son coéquipier Alex Brundle en première session. Par contre, le classement a quelque peu évolué pour les deux positions suivantes, Stéphane Sarrazin, tombé en panne sur le bord de la piste après le drapeau à damier, s’étant intercalé, avec la HPD-Honda n°44 de Starworks Motorsports, entre les deux Morgan-Nissan d’OAK Racing, la voiture n°24 terminant troisième grâce à Matthieu Lahaye, à moins de deux dixièmes de son équipier et leader.

Curieusement, une fois n’est pas coutume, les écarts sont très importants entre les concurrents de la catégorie LMGTE Pro. En effet, Darren Turner, le plus véloce au volant de la Vantage V8 n°97 d’Aston Martin Racing, en 2’01’’849, a devancé son plus proche rival, Richard Lietz et la Porsche n°77 de Team Felbermayr-Proton de près de cinq dixièmes, elle-même devant Giancarlo Fisichella et la Ferrari n°51 d’AF Corse avec un écart de plus d’une seconde.

Enfin, la hiérarchie a été complètement chamboulée dans la catégorie LMGTE Am avec la Porsche n°88 de Team Felbermayr-Proton en tête grâce au chrono de 2’04’’725 réalisé par Paolo Ruberti. Elle devance sur le fil la Ferrari n°57 de Krohn Racing, grâce à Michele Rugolo, de moins d’un dixième, reléguant la Ferrari n°61 d’AF Corse-Waltrip en troisième position, grâce, une fois encore, à Rui Aguas.

Après une nuit de sommeil, les pilotes reprendront la piste demain vendredi pour la troisième et dernière séance d’essais libres d’une heure, de 10 h 50 à 11 h 50. Puis, la journée s’enchaînera sur les qualifications de 16 heures à 16 h 20 pour les LMGTE Pro et Am et de 16 h 30 à 16 h 50 pour les LMP1 et LMP2.

Jeff Carter
Media Delegate

Porsche World: World Endurance Championship, round 6 in Sakhir/Bahrain

World Endurance Championship, round 6 in Sakhir/Bahrain

Stuttgart. Latest photos from free practice on the Bahrain International Circuit, on which round six of the World Endurance Championship is contested on Saturday.

Porsche Motorsport Press.

The McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics Gorgeous

The McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics Gorgeous

Looking at the McLaren P1 concept up close, you get the impression that, were it not for aerodynamics, there'd be no dynamics at all. The P1, in all seriousness, is a car designed by the wind.
More than any aspect of the P1 — the engine we can still only speculate on, the height-adjustable suspension we can't yet see — it's the management of airflow that gives the McLaren its looks, its personality, and presumably, its performance. It's clear now why the company used a wind-tunnel map as a teaser image.
To a greater degree than any other supercar ever built before, the story here is airflow.
The McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics GorgeousForget about the photos you've seen. Two dimensions can't deliver the complexities surrounding the P1's carbon-fiber skin. Peering into its inlet ducts; lingering on the folds of its diffuser; imagining the wind racing in, over and through the channels carved into its two, single-molded "clamshell" body-panel sections, across its side-jutting barge-boards and over its active rear wing, forcing the car toward the ground and tending to its massive cooling needs, it's obvious this is air's world; we just get to breathe in it.
(Full disclosure: McLaren flew me to the Paris Motor Show, picked up the room at a clean, corporate hotel that just happened to be on the Seine, and provided access to product-development experts. I paid for my own Nescafé, which was provided free, so I guess I didn't pay after all.)
While McLaren chief designer Frank Stephenson is credited with the P1's design, the head designer is the wind, harnessed and analyzed via wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics modeling. Stephenson and his design team did use natural shapes — and liberal dashes of the company's boomerang logo, which echoes throughout the bodywork — to guide the aero into a recognizable, but still avant garde, automotive shape.
Since getting a sneak preview of the P1 last night, hosted by McLaren, at the Paris Auto Show, I've been thinking about this car non-stop. And I've been trying to figure out which part of my brain loves the design, thinks it's one of the most beautiful cars it's ever seen, and which part wants to fight it.
The McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics GorgeousAnyone who's grown up around cars during the past two decades knows the antecedent to the P1 is McLaren's F1, which debuted twenty years ago. The F1, according to both lore and study, is the finest road car ever built. Naturally, the P1 — McLaren Automotive's soon-to-be flagship — is not a production-ready car. Still, the first customer model will ship inside of 12 months, McLaren reps say, and no more than 500 will be built in its entire run. A seven-figure price tag is a good guess. This is indeed a very special car for McLaren, and, hopefully for them as well, the world.
Make no mistake; this is a car created by a company for whom aerodynamics is a core competency. Aerodynamics led the design brief, with engineering and design departments merely steering the P1's ultimate packaging toward a goal of building a sports racing car stable enough to be usable by drivers of typical road cars.
The McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics GorgeousDrawing from McLaren's F1 heritage, the P1 has a drag-reduction system (DRS), using a dual-stage, active rear wing that extends up to nearly 12 inches (on a racetrack) and nearly five inches on the road, pitching to a maximum angle of 29 degrees. McLaren says the function was developed using methods and software lifted from its F1 squad. But whereas an F1 car's DRS system uses a movable flap in the rear wing, the P1's just an overall change in pitch.
Active aero continues. A pair of flaps mounted under the body, forward of the front wheels, change angle — from zero to 60 degrees — to boost downforce. Otherwise, the underbody is generally smooth, creating stick-to-pavement suction through ground effects.
Ultimately, the P1 is a downforce car, producing 1,323 pounds of the stuff — or five times as much as the McLaren MP4-12C. Combined with the rear wing, which also acts as an air brake, the front flaps improve handling, braking and straight-line stability. Despite the massive downforce, the P1's drag coefficient is a typically sports-car-like 0.34.
So what is the mission statement of the P1? The company position is that the P1's raison d'être is to become the "quickest and most rewarding series production car on a circuit." Top speed be damned, they say. That leaves it off the hook among those who might insist the P1 match the Bugatti Veyron note for note.
What's the engine? McLaren's not talking. Neither are they talking about the suspension. What they are saying is that the P1 will have a power-to-weight ratio of 600 metric horsepower per tonne — or around four pounds for every horsepower. (Picture a thoroughbred dragging a carpenter's hammer).
And yet, the overall effect is — strictly in terms of sex appeal — a bit neutral. Naturally, if the fact that some of the world's most beautiful cars are aerodynamically flawed is an indication, sex isn't always the most efficient way to design a car that can do amazing things. The P1 is shaped by the laws of thermodynamics more than eros-dymamics. It's the wind telling us how a car should look, not our own lizard psyches.
But I like it. A lot. It's a beautiful car. I'm just not sure which part of my brain is aroused by it.
The McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics GorgeousThe McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics GorgeousThe McLaren P1: Making Hyper-Advanced Aerodynamics Gorgeous
Photo Credit: GF Williams/Jalopnik

Official: McLaren P1 Unveiled!!

Official: McLaren P1

The McLaren #P1 has finally been unveiled at the Paris Motorshow by Ron Dennis, McLaren Group and Automotive Executive Chairman and Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director, to a rapturous reception.

‘The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,’ says Ron Dennis. ‘Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.’

Today we revealed an active rear spoiler that adjusts dynamically providing the #P1 with up to 600kgs of downforce at speed, over five times more than most other high-performance supercars and similar to the #12C GT3 racing car.

As well as being aerodynamically efficient, we can also confirm the #P1 will have an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio of more than 600PS per tonne, putting it at the head of the supercar hierarchy. We aren't confirming performance figures yet, but we are working tirelessly to mount a challenge on some of automotive's established records.

McLaren Automotive.