McLaren has pulled the cover off the 986 hp P1 GTR race car that will debut
in Geneva in a Harrods yellow and green livery.
The design is homage to the McLaren F1 GTR, chassis #06R, which has claimed its own place in history as one of the five F1 GTRs that dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the historic debut by McLaren 20 years ago.
Like its arch rival, the Ferrari FXX K, the P1 GTR will also have its own driver development program. Participating owners will start at the McLaren Technology center to have their seats fitted, livery designed and fitness assessed before hitting the first track sessions at Silverstone in the UK and Catalunya in Spain. Each driver will also experience the McLaren P1 GTR from the simulator for the first time.
The McLaren P1 GTR is based on the P1, Woking's million-dollar flagship hybrid hypercar and will make its global debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show alongside the recently announced McLaren 675LT.
Wider, Lower and More Aggressive
The front track is 80mm wider than the road-going McLaren P1 and with its aggressively profiled front splitter, the also car sits 50mm lower to the ground on center-locking 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels shod with Pirelli slick tires. The lower bodywork is trimmed with a sleek aerodynamic blade as previewed on the design concept, which cleans the flow of air along the car's flanks.
The lightweight windscreen from the McLaren P1 road car, measuring just 3.2mm thick, has been retained, while the side windows are now motorsport-specification polycarbonate with a sliding 'ticket window' on the driver's side. The chemically toughened glass panels in the roof have been replaced with carbon fiber panels to give the cabin a more enclosed, cocooned environment, as has the engine bay cover. An Inconel and titanium exhaust system saves in excess of 14 lb (6.5 kg) over the already light road-going system.
The weight saving measures on the McLaren P1 GTR combine to strip out 110 lb (50 kg) over the road-going model.
Fixed Rear Wing, 1,455 lb of Downforce at 150 mph
The rear of the track-only model is dominated, in contrast to the road-going McLaren P1, by the presence of a fixed-height wing which sits more than 400mm above the sculpted rear bodywork - an increase of over 100mm of the adjustable wing on the road car. Working in conjunction with the front-mounted aerodynamic flaps ahead of the front wheels, the rear wing helps to increase downforce levels by more than 10 percent - meaning up to 1,455 lb (660 kg) at 150 mph (241 km/h). Mounted on light weight carbon fiber pylon supports, the wing retains the DRS (Drag Reduction System) of the road car, which trims the pitch from 32° to 0° at the push of the button on the steering wheel.