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Covering Sports cars & Supercars

The Design of Speed

McLaren P1

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Back to the most advanced versions of adjustable aerodynamics, we now turn our attention to McLaren's top of the line P1, whose downforce generating system includes a huge, sculpted carbon fiber wing very similar to the one found on Bugatti's Chiron.

📸: Photo by Axion23, courtesy of Wikimedia

The P1's wing set in race mode (above) is said to generate over 1,300 pounds of downforce at 160 mph, quite a bit for a car that only weighs 3,400 pounds. McLaren's package includes a Formula 1-derived Drag Reduction System: a button on the steering wheel allows the driver to reduce the wing's element angle to 0 degrees, resulting in a 23% reduction in drag.

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The wing also retracts fully into the surrounding carbon fiber bodywork for minimal drag.

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This is easily one of the most beautiful cars ever produced.

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