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McLaren “Entry level” Supercar – P13 in 2015?

 

McLaren P13Car and Driver reports that McLaren’s new entry-level supercar will be built in three body styles and launch in the second half of 2015 as a rival to the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.

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.

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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.

New McLaren breaks Cover (and other news from the team)

Here is the first pictures of the new 2014 McLaren F1 contender  the MP4-29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, more news:

Gone now is the title sponsor Vodafone, but also missing at the launch of the MP4-29 on Friday was boss Martin Whitmarsh.

Button welcomed the return to power of company supremo Ron Dennis.

“For me that’s the exciting thing about this year.  And you do need change sometimes,” he said.

Multiple authoritative sources all agree that Whitmarsh’s certain successor is Eric Boullier, the newly-departed Lotus team principal.

That move has ruffled some feathers at Enstone.

Indeed, in what was widely interpreted as a spoiling move, Lotus chose the precise minute that McLaren’s 2014 car was revealed to publish the first photo of its own new single seater, the E22.

And, defiantly hinting at Boullier’s choice of next job, the team said on Twitter that the Frenchman’s parting gift is a copy of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.

Now, the respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt claims that a leading contender to succeed Boullier at Lotus is none other than Whitmarsh himself.

Schmidt also mentioned Ross Brawn as a contender, while rumours on Twitter pointed to Craig Pollock, Jacques Villeneuve’s former manager, who may also be interested in buying into the Enstone based team.

Another reason for the animosity between McLaren and Lotus, according to Schmidt, is because the teams are both in talks with the same major potential sponsor.

Lotus has reportedly entered the talks with a lower asking price, but the identity of the sponsor is currently not known.

“We only know that it is a Japanese technology company,” said Schmidt, speculating that it could be Sony.

F1 Launch Dates Set…. Here we go !

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 – Mercedes

Jan. 28 – Red Bull

Jan. 28 – Williams

Jan. 28 – Caterham

TBA – Lotus

TBA – Force India

TBA – Marussia

 

Google Streetview adds McLaren Technology Centre

McLaren P1’s Nürburgring lap time

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.

You can witness the 903bhp hypercar’s assault on the Green Hell in this shiny (and Very Dramatic) official videoMcLaren P1 at the Nurburing2

http://youtu.be/E9IWiTpWeiM
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 P1 at the Nurburing

Honda back in F1 with McLaren

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