McLaren P1 GTR to Debut at Geneva


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‘The McLaren P1 needs more power!” said no one ever about the already insane 903 bhp hypercar. Yet McLaren felt the need to turn up the dial up on one of the fastest street-legal cars on the planet. McLaren has just released a teaser video for the production version of it’s track special P1 GTR.

Continuing on the breathtaking racing liveried P1 GTR design concept from the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren has been hard at work refining and tweaking the car to be debuted at the 2015 International Geneva Auto Show in March. McLaren says that they have “further enhanced the cooling and aerodynamics over the design concept”. This is an amazing feat of engineering, considering that the “standard” P1 already has about 600 kg of maximum downforce.

Here is what we know so far about the new McLaren P1 GTR. McLaren themselves have confirmed that it will have a new lower, fixed suspension set up as opposed to the adjustable suspension on the road car, as well as a massive rear wing, a wider front track, the addition of aerodynamic canards on the front bumper, a set of quick release bespoke Pirelli slicks on 19 inch racing alloys. Oh, there is also a power increase to an astonishing 983 bhp! Considering the low 3,280 lb curb weight of the regular P1, thanks in part to it’s carbon fiber tub, the P1 GTR is going to need all the downforce it can get to efficiently put the power to the ground through those rear wheels.

McLaren is following the business model that Ferrari has adopted with their top tier hypercar models; taking their most extreme road legal car, and turning it into a ultra-exclusive track only race car. Mind you, McLaren also had a similar approach to their F1 car back in the 1990’s. The McLaren F1 LM and GT versions were very exclusive road legal versions of the F1 GTR race cars.

This insane car will only be offered to McLaren’s existing P1 customer base, which is about 375 people. However, not all of them will be lucky enough to scoop one up. Top Gear speculates about only 30 P1 GTRs will be produced.

Check out the video below:

Video: McLaren P1 GTR

Source: Top Gear UK

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