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McLaren P1 Looks Gorgeous When Naked: Engine Cover Comes Off During Servicing

One of the ways hypercars such as the McLaren P1 steal our attention has to do with the aura of mystery that surrounds these gasoline-electric machines. For one thing, you can’t just lift the engine compartment cover and behold the technical masterpiece at the center of the P1. Oh no. You’ll need to visit your dealer if you want a peek and nobody wants to spend so much time on such an action just to see inside their hypercar.
McLaren P1 with engine cover off 1 photo
At least we haven’t come across such a documented case so far. However, the image above comes to change all that, showing us the McLaren P1 performing a bit of striptease.

While we haven’t found the reason behind this hypercar’s visit to the service, seeing it in this state does highlight one or two things.

The taillights of the P1 sit on the body panel mentioned above, not on the machine itself - while some of you may have noticed this from the very launch of the car, we expect plenty of car people who haven’t seen the P1 in the flesh to be surprised. That’s simply because the vast majority of cars whose detachable body panels happen to incorporate light clusters leave the taillights or headlights in position when being removed.

Then there’s the obvious conclusion to be drawn here, namely that the P1 is damn gorgeous when its powertrain is exposed.

After all, we are talking about a setup McLaren engineers were so determined to keep on the edge of precision that they decided not to gift the P1 with regenerative braking. As the duality involving mechanical and regenerative braking can affect pedal feel, Woking decided to skip this altogether and turn to another scheme to recover the lost kinetic energy.

As soon as you step off the gas in the P1 (obviously also while you brake), the ECU applies negative torque to the motor, thus charging the battery. Now that means dedication.

 
 
 
 
 

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