A peek inside the McLaren P1

Last updated 13:10 13/02/2013
McLaren P1
McLaren P1 production line.

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McLaren has finally shed some light on the interior of its P1.

Until now there have been plenty of outside photographs of the P1 and none of the inside since its launch in Paris last September as McLaren heavily tinted the windows.

Click on photo for more views, inside and out, of the McLaren P1.

But overnight (NZ time), the butterfly doors have been flung open to reveal a cabin that has carbon fibre extensively used to maximise weight saving.

McLaren claims the "interior feels like the cockpit of a fighter jet, complete with glass canopy overhead and, with a windscreen deeper than it is wide, visibility is optimised."

Light weight is a priority and switchgear is kept to a minimum, yet McLaren says the P1 retains luxury features such as full climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke sound system.

McLaren is a pioneer in the use of carbon fibre, and it features extensively throughout, not least in the MonoCage chassis and the aerodynamically-shaped body panels, but also inside the two-seat cabin. It is the lightest possible material, while offering the strength desirable for safety and structural integrity, and is used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and a single piece is shaped for the central control unit to further optimise weight.

The amount of trim covering within the cabin has been minimised, leaving as many parts as exposed as possible, and there is no interior sound deadening in order to optimise weight saving even further. Carpet is offered, as an option, but when chosen, it is fitted with a special lightweight backing.

The racing bucket seats use the minimum amount of foam, are encased in ultra-thin carbon fibre shells, and mounted on lightweight brackets and runners, contributing to an overall weight of just 10.5kg each. The seat backs are fixed to 28 degrees from the vertical, but can be set to 32 degrees to make them more suitable for racing as it will give more helmet head room. The height of the seat will be custom set to suit the driver and passenger, and can be adjusted in the workshop.

The steering wheel diameter is as technically precise as a McLaren racing driver's wheel. This is because past McLaren world champions' grips were modelled on a CAD system and scanned to produce an exact replica. The rim is finished in Alcantara, with carbon fibre inserts.

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The full production-ready car will be officially unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

- Stuff

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