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More Details on McLaren P1

What do you get for $1.15 million? A lot more than a 12C with an extra battery.

We know the basics on the new McLaren P1, and suffice it to say, they’re mighty impressive: 903 horsepower, an F1-derived Drag Reduction System, push-to-pass electric boost, carbon-fiber everything, a 0-60 time of under three seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. In other words, it’s technologically advanced and faster than just about anything else on the road. But while in Geneva a couple of months ago for the car’s unveiling, our friends at Autoblog sat down for a chat with the P1’s chief engineer Dan Parry-Williams, who revealed a few more tantalizing details.

For starters, while the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 is based on the same unit that powers the 12C, the exhaust note has been “extensively worked” to sound even better. Race mode on the ProActive Chassis control stiffens the suspension by a whopping 350 percent. The active aerodynamic elements are enough to produce 1,322 lbs of downforce at anywhere from 160 to 217 mph. And the pedal response has been extensively reworked over the 12C. Specifically, the throttle mapping has been individually calibrated for each of the seven gears in the transmission, and is programmed to reduce revs in between the instantaneous shifts.

That much is geared towards better throttle response, a wider torque band and better sound. And apparently the brake pedal is as light as a feather, so drivers of the $1.15 million hybrid hypercar had better mean to slow down if they’re going to even touch the pedal. Initial deliveries overseas are expected by the start of the summer (which is just weeks away), with the US expected to get its share of the 375 units to be built by early 2014.

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