A car produced by a company with the most historic success this side of Ferrari in Grand Prix competition would aim for nothing less.
McLaren says this will be a range-topping version for its lineup, which includes coupe and spider versions of the MP4-12C. The company will use technology from that supercar—and advance it. Specs are not confirmed, but we expect the P1 will employ an upgraded version of the twin-turbo V8 fortified with KERS. Plus McLaren’s carbon-fiber monocoque will advance lightweight technology even further.
The 2012 Paris motor show, or as it is officially known – Mondail de l’Automobile – will take place Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, 2012. It occurs every two years alternating with the Frankfurt motor show in Germany. The Paris motor show is a spotlight for the latest in design, but automakers will also be showing off their latest concept cars, green cars and supercars.
Twelve-cylinder powerplants have been synonymous with Ferrari since the very beginning. From 1947’s 125 S to the modern 599 GTB Fiorano, the Prancing Horse has made 12 cylinders dance like no other company. Ferrari makes engines glamorous, and the latest V12 rocket is revved for the Geneva motor show.
Ferrari revealed the F12 Berlinetta on Wednesday, and it packs 730 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque from a 6.3-liter engine (6,262 cc). Ferrari is billing this new supercar as the fastest its ever built, and that’s reinforced with nearly breathtaking statistics. It can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and clocks a top speed of more than 211 mph. That’s a significant jump from the performance specs of the 599, which made 611 hp and is being replaced by the F12 in the company’s lineup.
to make its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, the 458
Spider forgoes the traditional fabric hood used by the earlier 430
Spider for a newly developed, Ferrari-patented
hardtop claimed to automatically fold back and stow ahead of the engine
bay in 14 seconds at the press of a dashboard-mounted button.
aluminum structure, which Ferrari describes as being fully integrated
into the styling of the 458, is claimed to weigh 55 pounds, less than
the fabric roof arrangement of the 430. It is also said to have been
engineered without compromising aerodynamics or performance–although
the official photographs released by Ferrari only show the 458 Spider
with its roof stowed.
- Ferrari’s new FF: more details (topgear.com)
- From Supercar to Daily Driver: The Ferrari FF (icemanbaldy.com)
- “Ferrari FF four-wheel drive revs-up” and related posts (pocket-lint.com)
- The practical V12 Ferrari FF – 4-seat 4WD 660 bhp upmarket station wagon (gizmag.com)
- Video: Official Ferrari FF intro vid from unveiling (autoblog.com)
- Four-seat Ferrari FF announced (independent.co.uk)