The 2017 McLaren P15 didn’t uncover any genuine subtle elements at the danger of ruining every one. The astonishments, however don’t imagine it any other way, there’s a considerable measure of buzz leaving Woking nowadays. What’s more, for what it’s justified regardless of, and it’s the sort of buzz that will be discussed by people such as us now and later on. For our part, we’re curious as to how all this shakes up when McLaren’s full slate of models are all up and running. It’s beginning to look more and more like it’s backing up its promise of building more models and like anything else. You’re not going to see too many complaints coming from us.
2017 McLaren P15 Engine
There is no tougher challenge for a performance car than the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The 20.8km (12.9-mile) track in northern Germany has 150 corners and 300 metres (984 feet) of elevation changes. It’s tight and bumpy, with crests sharp enough to cause a car like the 2017 McLaren P1 to leave the ground several times during a fast lap. Barriers sit right next to the track, few corners have any run-off, and margin for error is practically non-existent. In short, it’s about the best place in the world to test the sum total of a car’s components. The confidence they give a skilled driver to go fast.
The 2017 McLaren P15 was built to deliver a sub-seven-minute lap of the Nordschleife. For perspective, 7:06.5 was quick enough for James Hunt to secure pole position in his McLaren M23. For our engineering team, successfully meeting the challenge would mean both validation of their work. And confirmation of performance icon status for the 2017 McLaren P15.
2017 McLaren P15 Design
Carbon fibre doesn’t just save weight, it can also be beautiful – a point proved by the immaculately trimmed interior. The carbon and Alcantara steering wheel has been ergonomically designed. With buttons for the DRS and IPAS systems positioned within easy reach. Instrumentation is displayed on three TFT screens with four switchable modes.
Probably the most advanced suspension system ever fitted to a road car, RCC uses independent hydro-pneumatic control of spring rate and damping at each wheel. This enables both roll and pitch to be countered and controlled, allowing the 2017 McLaren P15. To combine outstanding body control and flat cornering. Which is why we produced special lightweight seats with ultra-thin carbon fibre shells. Despite their low-mass construction, they are supremely strong, yet comfortable for longer journeys.