A concept version of McLaren’s successor to the legendary F1 supercar, the new P1, was recently revealed ahead of its debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, but could we now be looking at the first image of the production version due next year?

Pictured above is an alleged patent drawing for the new McLaren supercar, and though it looks similar to the concept version pictured below it, there are some important details that suggest this may in fact be the production P1.

Assuming the image is real, we can see that the production P1’s nose stretches out further than the one on the concept. There also appears to be a set of additional intakes just ahead of the front wheels.

Moving further down the body, we can see that the rear diffuser also stretches out further behind the car, while the string of LEDs making up the tail-lights wrap further around the flanks of the car.

The most distinguishing feature, however, is the large retractable rear spoiler seen in the patent sketch. This adjustable wing will likely serve as an air brake once the car’s driver mashes the brake pedal at high speeds.   

Head over to l’Automobile Magazine for an aerial perspective, which shows a single windscreen wiper on the car, further suggesting that this is in fact the production version.

As for what’s under the hood, McLaren is keeping that a secret. The smart money is on McLaren using an uprated version of its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter engine found in the MP4-12C. A KERS hybrid is also expected, helping to give the car an additional boost when required. Combined output could end up being 800 horsepower or more.

We’ve got less than 48 hours now until the reveal of the P1 concept in Paris, so hopefully we’ll be able to bring you more details about the production version as well--stay tuned.


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