Do the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 represent a natural progression from the McLaren F1?
No I don’t think so. I am not saying the P1 is not a good car but it is 180 degrees away from what the McLaren F1 set out to do. The F1 was a pure driver’s car… the most important thing was that you could take it to the track and be able to slide it around a little. We could easily have given it three or four times the downforce but what would have been the point?
I have a hankering to do one more supercar, and I wouldn’t have unless these one-and-a-half-tonne hybrid monsters hadn’t come out… There’s a point to be proven: that you can still do a great driver’s car with an internal combustion engine and pure engineering.
What is there that you would adopt from a modern Formula 1 car for such a new supercar?
Absolutely nothing. They are such extreme animals now and dominated by their aerodynamics. Nothing in F1 aerodynamics today translates to the road.
(via Goodwood Road & Racing)
July 16, 2014, 1:25pm Permalink