McLaren proves P1 concept car has an engine

McLaren released a video showing track testing of the P1 concept car it unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, demonstrating that the car is being developed for production.

In this video released by McLaren Automotive, we see the P1 concept car , originally unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, undergoing track testing.

The car sports typical camouflage for models under development, somewhat odd considering the earlier reveal of the concept. One key difference between what was seen at Paris and the model in the video is a big wing sitting on the back of the car. The wing approximates the shape of the P1 at the rear, so could possibly be retractable, although its height would argue otherwise.

As of this posting, McLaren had not specified an engine for the P1, although the testing footage certainly argues that the question has been settled. Most likely, the P1 uses a similar twin turbo 3.8-liter V-8 as the one in the current MP4-12C model. The current engine produces 616 horsepower, but may get a boost in the newer car.

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