Mention the name McLaren F1 and most car nuts go wobbly at the knees. Add the letters GTR, to make the McLaren F1 GTR, and we turn into a blubbering mess of admiration and awe. It really was that good.
Well, the F1 GTR will soon have a successor: the P1 GTR. At this stage we’re dealing with a design concept only and the final production models are scheduled to roll off the McLaren Special Operations floor in a bit under 12 months. The concept was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours dâ€™Elegance event in California.
As the name suggests the new McLaren GTR is based on the already fearsome P1 hypercar and it will carry the company’s hopes to build the “ultimate driversâ€™ car” for the track.
To achieve that aim McLaren says it has extensively re-engineered the car “from the ground up”. Of course we don’t have final detail or specifications yet, but of note is the fact the P1 GTR will run with a fixed ride height. You’d think some fancy electronic active suspension gubbins might make the cut.
To help extract more power from the revised twin-turbo 3.8 litre V8 and electric power combo McLaren has made a new competition-focused exhasut from Inconcel and titanium alloy. This car will sound awesome! Peak power will be as high as 1000PS, up from the 916PS in the road-going P1.
Hopefully McLaren will take us on the journey of the P1 GTR’s development and we’ll be able to drip feed you information until the car’s official launch.
McLaren is never a company to miss a marketing opportunity and also announced at Pebble Beach is the McLaren P1 GTR driver programme. This is branding at its best and owners of the P1 GTR will be offered the opportunity to be fully immeresed in the McLaren racing experience.
Every owner will have a fully customised program which will include access to fitness staff along with race engineers and driver tuition. It sounds pretty cool.
Described as an exclusive driving club the program will be operated by McLaren Special Operations who will maintain and manage the cars as well.