… And it's not going to make you want to drive it any less.
The first images of the interior show how the driving environment of the McLaren P1™ GTR has been designed to be as focused for the driver as possible, and is stripped of all but the essential items in a bid to keep weight to a minimum. The lightweight carbon fiber MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, and weighs just 90kg including the upper and lower structures (including roof), roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing. This, in common with the road car, meets FIA load requirements for rollover in GT racing category. Since the ‘rollcage’ is incorporated into the MonoCage, there is no reduction in headroom for the driver.
The center piece of the driver’s environment is the newly developed steering wheel, which has been designed to make all controls as easily accessible and user-friendly as possible. As with various elements throughout the car, there is significant heritage linked to the steering wheel. Although unique to the McLaren P1™ GTR, the design is based on the steering wheel of the 2008 Formula 1™ championship-winning MP4-23.
As on a Formula 1™ car, key controls including the mode switches are located to the center of the bespoke steering wheel. This allows the driver to fully adjust the setup and characteristics of the car without having to take their hands from the wheel. The DRS and IPAS buttons are retained on the steering wheel. In the design and implementation of this new set up, all controls can be comfortably operated, and are easily accessible, when in a full race suit, helmet and gloves.
The cabin is equipped with lightweight DTM-style seats and full six-point motorsport harnesses. This will be specifically set up for the individual driver, and mounted directly to the chassis, reducing weight by having no additional mounting brackets. The HANS-approved carbon fiber seat shell offers comfort and support, and has been ergonomically-designed along with the rest of the cabin controls. Despite the stripped out environment, the air-conditioning is retained to maintain comfort during the much more physical driving experience.
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A crossover that does everything it's supposed to do and does it well.
Story by: Evan "Evo" Yates
The RX 450h is one of those vehicles that quietly stays under the radar while satisfying virtually every thing you ask of it. With it’s semi-dated styling, it isn’t winning any beauty contests but is refined enough to still get respect. Maybe it’s because the generic RX shape has been around for so long that although it looks just fine, it just doesn’t catch your eye as much – and that’s ok. The RX 450h has an attractive front fascia, though, and the LED headlamps are certainly a step in the right direction.
Driving the 450h is a dream. It’s extremely quiet even when the motor turns on and everything about the steering, accelerating and braking is so smooth it makes you hate pretty much every other car you’ve ever driven. Outside of it being a bit sluggish in ECO mode, I simply can’t find anything negative about the driving experience whatsoever.
As Lexus does so well, all occupants are always comfortable with front and rear seating that any adult or child alike would find accommodating. The rest of the interior is a bit vanilla, but again, functional. The deeply recessed screen leaves you a little room for your keys or your phone and the Lexus Remote Touch Interface is easy if not easier to use than a standard touch screen. In addition to hauling sweaty football players, the RX also can hold its own when it comes to moving a box or two. With a second row that fully reclines, I found this Lexus had more than enough space to move several larger items.
As with most hybrids, the gas mileage is stellar as long as you’re driving around town as I found the needle barely moved for the first couple days. Of course, once you jump on the expressway the RX 450h turns back into a regular vehicle with typical gas mileage.
Everything being considered, you won’t wow anybody at a stoplight with the RX 450h but you’ll certainly get everything you need to get accomplished in an effortless manner that just may be more important anyway.