McLaren unveils sleek hybrid supercar at Geneva

March 5th, 2013 in Technology / Energy & Green Tech
People look at the new McLaren P1 during the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, Switzerland, Monday, March 4, 2013. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 7 to 17. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)


People look at the new McLaren P1 during the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, Switzerland, Monday, March 4, 2013. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 7 to 17. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Hybrids aren't just for fuel economy any more.

McLaren on Tuesday unveiled a sleek hybrid supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. Sculpted from , in a glittery racing yellow set off by hash-marked slate gray, the McLaren P1 cuts a racetrack figure while boasting superior—for its class—emissions under 200 grams per kilometer. That compares with over 300 grams/kilometer for a super car without hybrid.

People look at the new McLaren P1 during the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, Switzerland, Monday, March 4, 2013. The Motor Show will open its gates to the public from March 7 to 17. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

P1 program director Paul McKenzie says the has performance advantages because the electric engine fills in the gap before the turbo engine kicks in. It's a tiny effect, but everything counts in supercars.

The P1 can do 0-180 mph (0-300 kph) in under 17 seconds. It sells for $1.3 million, with just 375 in the series.

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