The new McLaren P1 is unsurpassed in terms of exclusivity and design
perfection: this hybrid superstar puts out 916 hp (674 kW), and only 375 units
are being manufactured. One of the first units to leave the factory is parked at
Gemballa's facilities in Leonberg, Germany and is being used in the testing
phase for a special forged wheel called the GForged-one. This makes the
well-known vehicle refiner the first company to offer P1 customers an
opportunity to further customize their car with exclusive forged wheels.
The P1 has not been modified in any other way. There was no need for that, as the supercar in its original form is able to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 7 minutes.
"Of course, being the first to offer this type of product was not enough; the product we offer is also both technically and visually fascinating," explains Andreas Schwarz, CEO of Gemballa GmbH.
Visually speaking, the GForged-one meshes almost ideally with the McLaren "Designed by Air" concept - in contrast to the more classically styled standard wheels. The Gemballa wheels' widely spaced twin-spoke pairs are shaped into sleek Vs. This gives the wheel an extremely aerodynamic but also vigorous look, while the clearly visible braking components are another stylistic feature in the overall impression. As if a McLaren P1 with GForged-one wheels weren't unique and exclusive enough, Gemballa customers are able to choose between a total of four surface finishes. The available shades are Gunmetal or Black Magic - either in a full-surface finish or "diamond cut". The latter option represents an especially elegant alternative to front polishing.
GForged-one and McLaren P1 have much more in common than the number in their names - both brands are world-class, each in its own way. Thanks to a particularly effective forging process with nearly unheard of material compaction along with its light design, this wheel is the perfect complement to the lightweight construction and efficiency concept behind the supercar. The low weight achieved by the thin walls keeps the unsprung weight low, significantly boosting the agility of the P1 despite the fact that the Gemballa wheels are an inch larger. McLaren uses 19-inch wheels on the front and 20-inch wheels on the rear axle whereas Gemballa mounts 20-inch wheels on the front and 21 inches on the rear axle.