In short, 3.8L V8 with twin-turbocharging, 600hp and 600Nm, 8500rpm rev limit, and 80% torque available from 2000rpm. Also, very light. This thing looks very competitive for the money.
The engine is McLaren's own, the M838T, and the transmission is a seamless shift gearbox (a term well known in F1 at the moment). It's looking like a very good successor to the F1, even if it doesn't quite have the savage engine performance of the BMW Motorsport engined F1.
The carbon-fibre tub (moncell) weighs only 80kg. It also has some interesting features like the corner braking, and it also has launch control. And the interior looks pretty good too.
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2414 times:
Hmmm not bad at all. I would've preferred though that they made the car more of an evolution of the original F1, like Porsche has done with the 911, though it does have some slight resemblance of the F1.
Nothing - but as pay-back for Clarkson's endless swipes at the F1 (mainly because unlike Martin Brundle, he doesn't know how to drive), let them wallow behind all the other media outlets in the rush to get the first review of the car out. Or let them miss out.
It'll serve him right. I just wish he'd tone down his bias a bit and let facts dictate the direction of the story for once. If it's a good car, then say it is, don't make up lies and half-truths.
McLaren is bigger than Top Gear, and this thing is seriously in demand. Magazines would sell their soul to get an exclusive first test of this car.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13499 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
We get the UK's Top Gear program on the BBC America channel on cable/dish. Among the problems with TG is how they go out act like complete fools, do horrible things to old brit cars, act in rather rude and silly ways in their road trips. I go to websites based in the UK as brit cars and some there feel Clarkson is the Antichrist.
Still, I suspect that this car will be tested by them as McLaren knows it will get them the attention they want.