Time For Tea? McLaren P1 vid


Lock up your daughters, the hypercars are coming to town! Chris Harris may have asked recently exactly what use they'll be to anyone but McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari are all working on vehicles that push the boundaries of road car performance (that you can't actually enjoy on any road, anywhere) and bringing unheard of tech to those willing to invest seven-figure sums for the pleasure.

Go on then, name that track...
Go on then, name that track...
Easy to be cynical when all you've got is a motor show concept and a press pack to go on. Less so having seen a video of the thing running, the thing in this instance being McLaren's P1. And damned cool it looks too. A blue exhaust flame akin to that on the Millennium Falcon helps with those hypercar allusions and lots of film of earnest young men with laptops and graphs and stuff overlaid on top of footage of a P1 test car out there giving it some on an undisclosed test track underlines This Is Serious.

Marks for outstanding geekery extend to the camouflage applied to this test car, McLaren admitting to an 'obsession for detail' that means the disruptive pattern applied to the bodywork is actually comprised of outlines of circuits significant to McLaren's five-decade racing history. OK, OK, that's pretty cool.

Anyway, make a brew, brace yourself for some hypercar hyperbole and enjoy the vid.

 

 

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  • bertie 29 Jan 2013

    wst said:
    ....... (In that case, why does older stuff do the big yellow flames?!)
    Because in olden days, your throttle was connected by a cable to the butterfly so when you jump off the throttle, the butterfly snaps shut and stops air (oxygen) going in and the unburnt fuel burns with less oxygen (orange wavey flame)

    In a modern drive car with drive by wire throttle, to avoud unburnt hydrocarbons, you jump off the throttle pedal but the ECU closes the butterly slowly of with a slight delay, to allow enough air through the engine to make sure any unburnt fuel is properly combusted (blue flame!)

    Well that's my theory, which could be cobblers!!

  • wst 29 Jan 2013

    DonkeyApple said:
    Correct. Dumbass me, especially as I seem to have the word 'Chemist' on my degree documentation. rolleyes
    The problem is that you might be aware of the possibilities of reactive coatings while the rest of us are on the "more oxygen = loud blue bunsen flame" thing.

    Could there be gas from the turbo wastegate being dumped into the exhaust instead of having a 'screamer' pipe, so when the car changes gear or the throttle is released, all the air bypasses the engine and ends up in the hot exhaust with hot fuel and... it's pretty warm from being compressed and suchlike... making fire? (In that case, why does older stuff do the big yellow flames?!)

  • kayzee 29 Jan 2013

    This could quite possibly be the best car ever made imo.

  • DonkeyApple 29 Jan 2013

    bertie said:
    DonkeyApple said:
    Good question. My immediate assumption was that it is the high temp of the pipes and less oxygen but in today's world it might well be a reactive coating?
    Thinking back to school physics and Bunsen burners, isn't it due to having a good oxygen supply, maybe due to engines not closing throttles so quickly to reduce unburnt fuel.
    Correct. Dumbass me, especially as I seem to have the word 'Chemist' on my degree documentation. rolleyes

  • Donkey62 28 Jan 2013

    bertie said:
    Thinking back to school physics and Bunsen burners, isn't it due to having a good oxygen supply, maybe due to engines not closing throttles so quickly to reduce unburnt fuel.
    Temperatures blue is hotter than red

    Mid mounted engines in racecars with short exhausts even with cats tend to spit out blue flames when really going for it. Blues are hard to see in daylight as the cooler reds take over.

    I want that camo wrap!

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