McLaren Unveil The 986 Horsepower P1 GTR
McLaren announced this week that the once concept will soon become reality, with the production of the McLaren P1 GTR to start in May 2015. The P1 GTR won’t go on general sale, it will only be offered to the existing 375 P1 owners and will cost £1.98 million.
The McLaren P1 GTR is essentially a track spec version of the already monstrous P1 road car. The existing owners who purchase the P1 GTR will receive an intensive driver training and development program from McLaren. This will give owners access to driver training, Human performance training and use of McLaren’s racing simulator. The goal is to make the most exclusive driver club in the world.
According to McLaren: “With even greater emphasis on aerodynamic performance through its dramatic bodywork, the P1 GTR will also feature race-proven slick tyres, a fixed ride height, enhanced power delivery from the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) powertrain and F1-derived Drag Reduction System (DRS) from the large, fixed rear wing, along with an ERS (Energy Recovery System) push-to-pass system. This all combines to offer the ultimate track experience.”
Because there is no need to engineer it for road use, it has been possible to further optimise the P1’s aerodynamic performance, while output from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine and lightweight electric motor has been raised from 903bhp in the standard P1 to 986bhp in the GTR.
McLaren expect to sell ’25 to 30 cars’ and its launch will coincide with the 20th anniversary of testing beginning on the highly successful and Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 GTR.