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 |  Feb 26 2013, 4:40 PM

5. 1,300 Pounds of Down Force

The P1’s body was extensively tuned in a wind tunnel. The heart of its aerodynamics package is a special rear wing that automatically adjusts. During track driving it can extend rearward by up to 300 millimeters (almost a foot) and its pitch can be altered by 29 degrees. This variability enhances down force. Interestingly, just like a Grand Prix car the rear wing can be adjusted to reduce down force in certain situations, resulting in greater straight-line speed.

The car’s underbody was also tuned for performance. There are two automatically adjusting flaps mounded ahead of the front wheels that help tweak its aerodynamic efficiency for different driving conditions. At less than maximum speed the McLaren P1’s body generates 600 kilograms of down force (roughly 1,320 pounds), more than any production road car and about five times more than the MP4-12C.

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    Wow almost as good and almost as fast as the best super bikes at 1000 times the price 

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    2 hour recharge, is that on household current 110v or 220 or even higher ?

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    What really matters is power to weight and nothing is said about that . . . 

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    Since when was NASA in the brake testing and rating business.  Do they even know your using their name as such ?

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    I question a car that needs this much down force as being misdesigned 

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    The Yugo also stayed much as the show car . . . 

  • Jeffreysofhawaii

    A car will ability well above what a normal or even a buy who can afford it skill level  So mostly it goes wasted.  Nice car yes, one of the best,  worth it, up to you to decide and yes 375 people will decide it is worth it to them.  Wanna race for pink slips ?