6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Car Tech Video: McLaren doubles down with the P1

About Video Transcript

Car Tech Video: McLaren doubles down with the P1

1:42 /

McLaren, known for its innovative sports car the MP412C, unveils its next two-seat racer, the McLaren P1. CNET's Wayne Cunningham takes a look at the concept car and gives us his thoughts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

-Well, I'm Wayne Cunningham, 2012 Paris Motor Show. McLaren is a company with one car, the MP4-12C. It's a sports coupe, a two-seater, comes in hard-top or convertible. So you would think if they wanna expand the business they might add an SUV or a Sedan or something like that. But now, the company decided to do another tow-seater sports coupe, and here it is. It's called the P1. Right now, it's just in concept form and not a bad choice. I like it. It's a good-looking car and good addition to the line up. It would fit as the same as what they already have. This car is built in the same principles as the MP4-12C. Has an aluminum tub, it's got a carbon fiber body for light weight and this is supposed to outperform MP4-12C in every way. McLaren has not released any specifications as far as the engine or anything like that at this point. All that will come out to Geneva Auto Show, so we expect to see a production version of this car in Geneva. This looks pretty well done. It's probably pretty post production as it is. They'll probably use a variation on the engine that they have in MP4-12C, that's a 3.8 liter twin turbo. A lot of power out of that, a lot of performance, and so I would expect this to do super car performance in every way. McLaren does a lot of electronics to improve handling and keep the car on the road and this will probably be no slouch in that regard either. It's got really nice curvy lines, good super car look. All in all, I think it's a success. I'm Wayne Cunningham with CNET.

New releases

The CNET bloopers of 2014
4:20 December 22, 2014
Another year is almost over, so it's time for another round of seeing CNET editors trying their best and making us laugh at the same...
Play video
Denon AVR-S500BT receiver offers much for little
1:39 December 22, 2014
While the AVR-S500BT is one of Denon's least expensive receivers its features line up is surprisingly generous, and movie and music...
Play video
Outrageous style for new Nissan Murano
5:01 December 22, 2014
The new Nissan Murano may take its looks to the extreme, but we found it a very comfortable and accommodating driver.
Play video
Smarter driver: Are older drivers less dangerous?
1:40 December 22, 2014
Conventional wisdom holds that elderly drivers are more dangerous. But Brian Cooley tells you why that may not be the case.
Play video
Car Tech 101: MPGe explained
2:59 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley drills down on the new metric for rating MPG in cars like the BMW i8, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
Play video
On the road: 2014 BMW i8
5:37 December 22, 2014
With its sculptured skin, gullwing doors and plugin-in hybrid drivetrain, BMW looks to the future with its new i8.
Play video
Tracking Santa with help from Microsoft, Google
2:55 December 22, 2014
Bridget Carey highlights Santa-tracking tools for Christmas Eve, how you can browse department-store window displays on Google Maps,...
Play video
Top 5: Car Tech of 2015
3:25 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley offers up his top five car technology trends to watch in 2015. Are fuel cell cars on the list? Find out.
Play video