A formula to take pole
we will release the name— which we believe is right for the car— when we are ready to release the car,’’ Gorsuch says .
‘‘ We have lots of working titles that we use. And we tend to use alpha-numeric working titles and also alpha-numeric names.’’
However he can’t deny P1 would be both an emotive and a logical possibility. ‘‘ Well, part of ourDNA is that we want to win,’’ he said.
Gorsuch says the production run of the P12 will be limited to the demands of market response and bespoke build times. ‘‘ We are being deliberately vague, because what we don’t want to do is say there will be 200 cars and then have 250 people who want it and they’re the right people,’’ he says.
‘‘ We don’t want to annoy 50 people by not building them cars, or build an extra 50 and annoy 200 people who were told it was just 200. But it will definitely be no more that 500 cars for the world.
‘‘ That’s not to say that everyone who wants one will get one, because we have a very limited build window. There are other complications because this is a unique bespoke car so some might take longer to build than others, depending on what the customers specify.’’
Gorsuch says the Paris show car will be an ‘‘ extreme example’’ of McLaren’s advanced technology, built on the monocell rolling chassis underpinning the MP4-12C, 12C Spider and one-off X-1 concept unveiled at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, sporting the signature dihedral butterfly doors and powered by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8— although it may get a higher degree of tune.
‘‘ We are not revealing the power yet, but we don’t get into the game of competing on numbers,’’ Gorsuch says.
‘‘ This is going to be extreme in technology: how it delivers power, how it handles. Technology is delivering performance with finesse.’’
Gorsuch says McLaren’s team is well-equipped for that delivery. ‘‘ Because we have our own wind tunnel, some of the world’s best aerodynamicists and one of the world’s most sophisticated simulators, we can use all of this technology to create ultimates in automotive engineering.
‘‘ What is being shown in Paris is just a wonderful extreme example of how we can do this. One of our engineers said, ‘ Every molecule of air that touches this car has a job to do’.’’
However Gorsuch says the P12 doesn’t resort to bizarre design for the sake of attention. ‘‘ We wouldn’t build extreme looks just to be extreme,’’ he says.