During a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance event in
California, the covers have been pulled off the aggressive-looking McLaren
P1 GTR design concept.
The racing concept is a preview to the final model which, with a little under a year until production commences, has now entered the next phase as the development team works to hone and further optimize the ultimate track-focused racer.
The P1 GTR extracts 986 hp from the motorsport-optimized 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine combined with an electric motor.
With no need to meet the legislations for road legality, the McLaren P1 GTR will be the most track-tailored and most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations to date, with a clear target even more focused than its road-going sibling: to be the best driver's car in the world on track. With even greater emphasis on aerodynamic performance through the dramatic bodywork, the McLaren P1 GTR will also feature race-proven slick tires, a fixed ride height, enhanced power delivery from the IPAS powertrain and Formula 1-derived DRS from the large, fixed rear wing and an ERS-style push-to-pass system, all combining to offer the ultimate track experience.
P1 GTR: A True Racer from the Ground Up
Based on the McLaren P1 road car, the track-focused McLaren P1 GTR design concept further optimizes the aerodynamically efficient 'shrink-wrapped' body shape in order to offer a more engaging ride. A host of changes have been made, and the car has been thoroughly re-engineered from the ground up to ensure the McLaren P1 GTR achieves its target of being the ultimate drivers' car on track.
The front track of the McLaren P1 GTR design concept has been increased by 80mm and is coupled with a more aggressive GT-style front splitter. Reprofiled low temperature radiator ducts seamlessly flow into the leading edge of the aggressively flared front wheelarches, while the active aerodynamic flaps are retained from the McLaren P1 in the floor ahead of the front wheels.
The profile of the McLaren P1 GTR design concept remains as dramatic as ever, hunkered down on to the race-prepared suspension with a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car.
At the rear, a large, twin-element wing is mounted on dramatic carbon fiber pylons which extend around the rear of the bodywork. This fixed height wing is fitted with a hydraulically operated Drag Reduction System (DRS) to boost acceleration performance, and has been honed to provide increased levels of downforce compared to the road car, working with the active aerodynamic flaps located ahead of the front wheels.
Below the rear wing sits the exposed, centrally mounted exhaust, which is an all new design, developed exclusively for the McLaren P1 GTR. Made from inconel and titanium alloy, the system maximizes the aural characteristic of the higher output 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine to maintain, and further emphasize, the McLaren sound.
A set of lightweight 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels are fitted - 10.5-inches wide at the front, 13-inches at the rear - and are secured into place with quick-release center locking nuts. tire changes are made easier through an onboard air jacking system, similar to that seen on the McLaren 650S GT3 racer.
Livery Resembles the Le Mans-Winning F1 GTR
The design concept unveiled at Pebble Beach wears a livery which harks back to the original McLaren to wear the GTR badge. During the rigorous testing program for the F1 GTR, the test car, chassis #01R, originally wore a distinctive orange and silver livery. This color scheme has been reinterpreted for the model, with the number, 01, signifying the original chassis number. That car eventually went on to take the coveted win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
McLaren P1 GTR Driver Program
Launching with the McLaren P1 GTR design concept is the bespoke McLaren P1 GTR driver program - the ultra-exclusive ownership program which will include specialist driver training, human performance and access to the McLaren racing simulator, and which is designed to prepare each driver mentally and physically to fully exploit the abilities of the McLaren P1 GTR. The program will be completely bespoke, with each individual having a fully-tailored experience.
The drivers will work closely with a support team comprising of experts in their respective fields, race engineers, designers and test drivers.