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McLaren's Paris concept a high-tech supercar

McLaren Automotive will unveil its P1 design study, a new supercar, at the Paris Motor Show next week.

McLaren P1 concept

At next week's Paris Motor Show, McLaren Automotive will show off the P1 concept, a car that will do little to increase McLaren's model range. The P1 concept heralds a new production car to be launched next year.

Just like its only current model, the MP4-12C, which comes in hard-top and convertible formats, the P1 is a two-seat low slung hyper sport car. Those in the market for a sedan or SUV must continue to look elsewhere.

McLaren released no details about the new concept, and merely said it will slot in above the MP4-12C in the company's limited model line-up.

However, expect the P1 concept to use many of the construction techniques that McLaren employed on the MP4-12C, such as an aluminum tub and suspension pieces clad in carbon fiber panels. Engines for the MP4-12C come from Ricardo, an engineering company. As Ricardo maintains a major factory practically next door to the McLaren plant in Woking, UK, engines for the P1 will likely come from the same source.

As for design, the P1 shows a curvier body than the MP4-12C. The beltline dips down from the front fender, while the driver cell bubbles up in the center. A single, large exhaust port is integrated with the rear panel of the P1, positioned up high, while diffusers mark the lower rear of the car.

McLaren P1 concept
McLaren says the production car based off the P1 will have higher performance than its current MP4-12C model. McLaren