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Referred to internally as the “P13“, the actual name of McLaren’s has yet to be confirmed. What is known, however, is that it will share its carbon-fibre chassis with the 12C and 650S, and be powered by a detuned version of the 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 used by those two cars.
As with other McLaren models, a twin-clutch automatic transmission is expected to be the only gearbox available.
And besides the expected coupe and convertible versions, it will be offered as a fast-backed “GT” variant, with an insulated luggage compartment above the mid-mounted engine.
According to Car and Driver’s insider, the GT variant is expected to pick up the bulk of sales and will “look more like an E-type than the Jaguar F-type does”. As for pricing, it’s expected to start from $130,000 in the USA.
We’ll have to wait until late 2015 to find out if that’s true.
Just three teams — Lotus, Marussia and Force India — have yet to set dates for their launches. Lotus previously said that it would wait until next month’s test at Bahrain before unveiling its 2014 car. The Bahrain tests are slated for Feb. 19-22 and Feb. 27-March 2.
2014 Formula One Launch Dates
Jan. 14 – McLaren
Jan. 25 – Ferrari
Jan. 26 – Sauber
Jan. 27 – Toro Rosso
Jan. 28 – Red Bull
Jan. 28 – Williams
Jan. 28 – Caterham
TBA – Lotus
TBA – Force India
TBA – Marussia
Let the ‘Ring wars resume. McLaren has revealed to TopGear.com that its P1 has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in ‘under seven minutes’ in the hands of chief test driver Chris Goodwin.
McLaren has only revealed that the P1 ‘achieved its one remaining performance target’ – a Nürburgring lap time starting with a ‘six’ – that necessitated an average speed ‘in excess of 111mph’ around the 13-mile track.
We also know that the P1 hit its 205mph top speed on the Dottinger Hohe straight, and that the run was achieved on the P1’s standard-fit road tyres. But McLaren won’t say by how many seconds its car broke the seven-minute barrier.
McLaren has officially announced they will be racing with Honda engines from 2015 onwards.
Here you have the McLaren-Honda partnership in numbers:
5 years of partnership – 1988 to ‘92
80 grands prix starts
53 pole positions – a 66 per cent strike rate
44 victories – a 55 per cent win rate
30 fastest laps – 10 in 1988 alone
8 world championships – drivers’ titles for Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991) and Alain Prost (1989), and constructors’ titles in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991
3 race-winning engine configurations – 1.5-litre turbo V6, 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V10, 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V12
McLaren’s cars could go orange in the near future, team boss Martin Whitmarsh has admitted.
Although the Woking based team’s cars have been silver since 1997, orange is actually McLaren’s traditional race colour, dating back to the Can-Am days of the 60s.
Asked if the change of title sponsor for next year in the wake of Vodafone’s scheduled departure might be a chance for McLaren to return to orange, Whitmarsh answered: “I really like the idea.
“Orange is a great colour, especially for McLaren,” he told the Russian website f1news.ru.
“We use it for our racing GT and it looks great, and we’ll continue to move in this direction.
“F1 is a bit different: the modern business model is one of the main tasks of the team — to promote the brands of our partners.
“But if we’re lucky enough to find a sponsor who likes orange, you could see that colour again in formula one,” added Whitmarsh.
Feels like this would be a step back in this writer’s opinion…