McLaren P1 GTR revealed

McLaren P1 GTR

This is the McLaren P1 GTR and as long as your arse is pointing to the ground you will want one!

The hybrid powertrain of the track-only P1 GTR produces a combined power output of 1000PS (735kW) and has been significantly uprated. Further, unnecessary parts for road use have been removed to help save weight. The 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 offers 800PS (588kW) which is complemented by the 200PS (147kW) electric motor.

To improve the already sublime handling the front track is 80mm wider than the road-going McLaren P1â„¢ and it sits 50mm lower to the ground. The P1 GTR rides on 19″ wheels wrapped in super sticky Pirelli tyres.

Silverstone and the Circuit de Catalunya are the first two locations named for the driver program where, thanks to your extremely fat wallet—it’ll cost around US$3 million—you’ll get to see what it’s like to be Pastor Maldonado and get treated like a racing driver. But, please, whatever you do, don’t bin your P1 GTR.

The P1 GTR will make its full debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.


McLaren P1 GTR to debut at Geneva

McLaren P1 GTR in testing

McLaren has announced its track-focused P1 GTR will debut at the Geneva Motor Show (5–15 March).

Development of the extreme model has been continuing at racetracks in Europe and the Middle East. Production will start later this year and in the next few weeks buyers will be invited in to commence their P1 GTR Driver Programme experience.

No final specs have been revealed at this stage, however McLaren promises the P1 GTR will boast a power to weight ratio in excess of 700PS (514kW) per tonne. That represents a power increase of more than 10% compared with the standard P1. Of course, the GTR will be so much more than a more powerful P1, with the benefits of a track-only life ensuring its handling will have few compromises.


McLaren P1 GTR continues development

McLaren P1 GTR

I want to buy a McLaren P1 GTR. And so do you!

How could you not? The car itself will be almost impossible to describe, so good and so fast will it be. But the whole driver programme that is attached to P1 GTR ownership is a boys’ own adventure on steroids.

There’s a video explaining it all after the break along with the first images of the car’s interior, including it’s MP4-23-inspired steering wheel.

The asking price is said to be over 3 mllion bucks, so you’d better start raiding that piggy bank!


McLaren P1 GTR design concept revealed

McLaren P1 GTR design concept

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 d’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 drivers’ 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.