The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1. In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 carries the same GTR moniker.
Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which also translate in more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program. Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini , the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks, but not before the buyers receive private consultations with McLaren’s racing division.
Updated 09/05/2014: The new McLaren P1 GTR will make its European premiere at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours on September 6th and 7th, 2014. With the occasion McLaren released the first images showing the car during the initial testing phase.
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Live images from Monterey are courtesy of Carninja and are used with expressed permission.
Updated 6/19/2014: In a press release, McLaren said the "latest track-focused model from McLaren GT to make world debut at 11.00BST, Friday 27 June" at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model the British automaker is referring seems to be the P1 GTR. In addition to the announcement of its official unveiling, McLaren also released a new teaser image, which you can see above. From this image, we can make out the massive rear wing even better — it looks to be a fixed wing — the Pirelli racing rubber, and the Tag Heuer and Mobil 1 decals. No other details were released at this time, but we’ll update you as soon as the P1 GTR hits the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Updated 07/25/2014: McLaren unveiled a new teaser image for the future P1 GTR before the car’s official debut on Friday August, 15 at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Updated 08/15/2014: McLaren has released a final teaser image (above) of the P1 GTR ahead of its debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance!
A bigger, GT-style splitter sticks out below the bumper and connect with the active aerodynamic flaps and the newly designed air ducts ahead of the front wheels
While the road-legal P1 is one of the most aerodynamic supercars available today, McLaren has managed to take it even further with the race-inspired body kit that adorns the GTR.
Modifications begin up front, where a new bumper and a huge splitter replace the standard pieces. The separate bumper that lies right beneath the front bonnet and headlamps has been reshaped and now hosts a larger radiator. A bigger, GT-style splitter sticks out below the bumper and connect with the active aerodynamic flaps and the newly designed air ducts ahead of the front wheels.
An additional aerodynamic blade is located behind the aggressively flared front wheel arches. The revised side skirts continue with an additional side panel at the rear, mounted for both cooling and aerodynamic purposes. Other profile modifications include a lowered ride height, mirrors repositioned to the A pillars, and a set of lightweight, 19-inch alloy wheels. The rollers are 10.5 inches wide at the front and 13 inches at the rear and secured with race-spec, quick-release center-locking nuts.
Around back, the P1 GTR becomes even sexier. The supercar's rear internals are now exposed, emphasizing the vehicle's aggressive and racy character
Around back, the P1 GTR becomes even sexier. The pieces covering the rear fascia and the area between the central-mounted exhaust and carbon-fiber diffuser have been ditched altogether. The supercar’s rear internals are now exposed, emphasizing the vehicle’s aggressive and racy character. The remainder of the rear body panels and the diffuser have been revised as well, but the biggest addition is the fixed wing that extends to the full width of the P1 and it’s almost as high as the roofline. The large wing works in conjunction with the new diffuser for enhanced downforce and grip levels. Rounding off the rear section is a brand-new exhaust system which includes a straight-cut, twin-pipe setup. Developed exclusively for the P1 GTR, the new exhaust system is made from inconel and titanium alloy.
The concept showcased at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance features a livery that pays tribute to the original McLaren F1 GTR test car, which wore an orange and silver coat. The color combo has been reinterpreted for the P1 GTR, with the orange covering the lower areas of the body.
McLaren has yet to release details and photos of the interior as of August 2014, but we expect a track-focused interior to replace that standard cabin configuration. Racing updates should include a lightweight, FIA-approved roll cage, bespoke racing seats with six-point harnesses, and a Formula One-inspired steering wheel. Also, we would be surprised is the P1 GTR comes with a motorsport pedal box and a revised digital dash display.
The output now sits at 986 ponies, 83 more than the street-legal supercar
The P1’s already powerful drivetrain has been updated to deliver even more horsepower. The output now sits at 986 ponies, 83 more than the street-legal supercar. The additional power comes from the motorsport-optimized 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 and a lightweight electric motor. Transmission details have yet to be released, but our best guess is the GTR will keep the P1’s seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic. The autobox is likely to receive revised internals for quicker shifts.
As far as performance figures go, expect the P1 GTR to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in as low as 2.4 seconds, a 0.2-second improvement compared to the standard P1. Top speed should remain unchanged at 217 mph.
Suspension and Brakes
McLaren says the P1 GTR benfits from a race-prepped suspension with a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car. Actual details are not available unfortunately, but the Brits should spill the beans once this production-ready concept becomes is launched in its final configuration.
Expect a revised braking system as well to provide stopping for the 986 horsepower throbbing under the hood. Both grip and braking are enhanced by the supercar’s bespoke slick tires specifically developed by McLaren’s racing division and Pirelli.
McLaren is offering a full racing program with the car
Not surprising, the P1 GTR won’t come cheap. McLaren will only sell it to customers who have already purchased the road-legal P1, and they will have to fork over £1.98 million ($3.36 million as of 06/13/2014) to buy one. The sticker makes the P1 GTR two time more expensive than its street-spec brother, but McLaren is offering a full racing program with the car. The program will include private consultations with the McLaren driver-fitness team and company design director Frank Stephenson, as well as access to one of McLaren’s dedicated racing simulators. What’s more, customers will also benefit from at least six drive events to be held on certain Formula One tracks. Sounds like McLaren is finally establishing a proper customer program.
As for the P1 GTR’s availability, McLaren says production will commence right after it completes the final example of the road-going P1. There’s no actual schedule, but the 375th P1 should roll out the assembly line in the first half of 2015. There’s no word as to how many P1 GTRs will be built, but McLaren says it "will be strictly limited."
Just like the P1 is the pinnacle of McLaren knowledge and technology, the LaFerrari is the embodiment of Ferrari craftsmanship and passion for high-performance supercars. Both were introduced at the same time last year, both feature a hybrid powertrain, and exude impressive output figures and staggering looks. Both are ready to go against each other on the street and it appears they will be doing the same thing on the track as well. That’s because Ferrari is developing its very own LaFerrari racer.
Reportedly dubbed LaFerrari XX, the track-exclusive supercar has been in development for more than a couple of months. The vehicle has already been spotted at the Nurburgring track, but details surrounding it are pretty sparse. Because it has yet to receive any aerodynamic enhancements, the LaFerrari XX still looks like a regular example with a bad paint job. That will change over the next few months as development moves into a new phase. Aside from the obligatory body kit, we expect the LaFerrari XX to boast an even more powerful engine, a revised suspension system and lighter components.
McLaren and Ferrari aren’t the only manufacturers currently working on race-ready iterations of their supercars. Italian stable Pagani is also rumored to have an even faster Huayra in the works, although the company is still keeping all the details to itself. Set to carry the Nurburgring Edition moniker, the track-prepped Huayra will also hit the circuits in a very limited run. Only 15 to 25 units will be built, enough to place it among the rarest supercars ever created.
A redesigned front fascia with enhanced aerodynamic properties, a massive rear diffuser and a huge rear wing are some of the race-ready goodies that will set the Nurburgring Edition apart from the standard Huayra . Naturally, the track monster will benefit from a range of powertrain upgrades as well. We expect the AMG-sourced, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine to generate in excess of 800 horsepower and propel the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. There’s no word on when the Nuburgring Edition will arrive, but don’t expect to see it taking fast turns on the "Green Hell" before 2015.
The McLaren F1 GTR was a racing version of the F1. The GTR was first produced in 1995, three years after the road-going F1 hit the streets. Built in regular and "Long Tail" body configurations, the F1 GTR started in several events from 1995 until 2005, when the final chassis was retired. Its most famous success came in 1995, when Yannick Dalmas, Masanori Sekiya and JJ Lehto won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The McLaren P1 is already one of the most spectacular and powerful supercars ever built. Naturally, the P1 GTR can only improve on that, despite the fact that it is confined to the race track. But more important than the P1 GTR’s nearly 1,000 horsepower and sexy body kit is full customer racing program that comes with it. It is McLaren’s first venture into private racing events and consultations and puts the British on par with Italian rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini. Seeing a pack of P1 GTRs being tossed around six Formula One tracks will be enticing to say the least.
- Extreme body kit improved on the P1’s aggressive looks
- Track-focused interior and powertrain
- Tweaked suspension and braking
- Comes with full customer racing program
- Can’t buy one unless you already own a P1
- Availability not yet confirmed
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Press Release - 8/17/2014
THE McLAREN P1™ GTR DESIGN CONCEPT UNVEILED: THE VEHICLE FOR THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE DRIVERS’ CLUB
- Design concept previews the dramatic look of the ultra-exclusive track-focused racer
- One clear goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track
- Increased power to 1,000PS (986 bhp) from the motorsport-optimised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and lightweight electric motor
- Built, maintained and run by McLaren Special Operations
- Further details of bespoke McLaren P1™ GTR driver training programme confirmed
Twenty years ago, the then soon-to-be-launched McLaren F1 GTR began testing ahead of an assault on the 1995 GT season. The track derivative, as the road-going version had done, rewrote the rule book and the claimed victories and titles across the globe in the years that followed, securing a place in motorsport folklore. Two decades on, and the covers have been pulled off the dramatic and purposeful McLaren P1™ GTR design concept during a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California. The aggressive 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 optimise the ultimate track-focused racer.
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 tyres, 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.
Aerodynamically optimised to offer more extreme performance
Based on the McLaren P1™ road car, the track-focused McLaren P1™ GTR design concept further optimises the aerodynamically efficient ‘shrink-wrapped’ body shape in order to offer maximum performance, superior handling characteristics and optimised driver engagement on track. 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 bodywork is ‘shrink-wrapped’ around the carbon fibre MonoCage chassis behind the front wheels, and is designed to channel the air from around the wheel well. An additional aerodynamic blade is located behind the wheelarch to clean the air from the front tyres. This aero device flows seamlessly along the bottom edge of the dihedral doors, along the flank of the carbon fibre bodywork, to an additional side panel at the rear which ducts additional air into the high temperature radiator and improves the aerodynamic performance of the rear floor.
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. The snorkel air intake, inspired by the design of the original McLaren F1, is still present within the roof structure of the carbon fibre MonoCage chassis. The wing mirrors have been repositioned to the A pillars, to put them closer to the eye line of the driver and reduce aerodynamic drag, while the trailing edge of the door-mounted radiator channels have been extended to draw more air down through the cavity within the door, and into the engine to aid cooling.
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 centre locking nuts. Tyre changes are made easier through an onboard air jacking system, similar to that seen on the McLaren 650S GT3 racer.
At the rear, a large, twin-element wing is mounted on dramatic carbon fibre 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. The active aerodynamic devices optimise aerodynamic balance through all phases of cornering. The bodywork of the car has been reprofiled to improve aerodynamic efficiency below the large rear wing, and incorporates a quick-release system without affecting the rear wing. The road legal McLaren P1™ stows the rear wing within the bodywork, but with the fixed height wing, and therefore no pistons or moving mechanical parts, the bodywork of the McLaren P1™ GTR design concept behind the engine bay is now a smooth, flowing surface, feeding clean air below the wing and over the back of the car.
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 maximises the aural characteristic of the higher output 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine to maintain, and further emphasise, the McLaren sound. The design of the exhaust has also changed, with a straight cut twin pipe setup now used in place of the single exit exhaust.
Airflow is managed carefully across the whole car and channelled in the most efficient and effective ways possible. This includes the air below the car, and a large carbon fibre diffuser dominates the lower half of the rear of the car. This is designed to work in tandem with the rear wing to enhance rear downforce and grip levels. The McLaren P1™ GTR design concept runs on the bespoke slick tyres designed by technical partners Pirelli in collaboration with McLaren, designed to offer a greater level of grip, cornering agility and handling balance. These characteristics enable much later braking into corners, higher apex speeds, and the earlier application of the throttle on the exit of corners, which lead to improved lap times.
Modern interpretation is more than just a family resemblance
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 programme for the F1 GTR, the test car, chassis #01R, originally wore a distinctive orange and silver livery. This colour 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.
The McLaren P1™ GTR driver programme
Launching with the McLaren P1™ GTR design concept is the bespoke McLaren P1™ GTR driver programme – the ultra-exclusive ownership programme 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 programme will be completely bespoke, with each individual having a fully-tailored experience.
The McLaren P1™ GTR driver programme promises to be one of the most exclusive owners’ clubs in the world and will offer an unrivalled ownership experience. McLaren Special Operations will maintain and run all cars, and manage the programme throughout. Together with one of the most exciting track-focused cars ever developed, the programme offers unprecedented access to the technologies, resources and people throughout the McLaren Technology Centre. Every experience will be unique and tailored specifically, providing a full immersion into McLaren, and gaining access to the experiences and resources which have helped develop and train Formula 1™ champions. This will include working closely with a support team comprising authentic professionals that have operated within the rarefied world of professional motor sport. These will all be experts in their respective fields, all boasting top-level international experience from the Human Performance Programme, race engineers, designers and test drivers.
Press Release 1
Twenty years on from victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR, McLaren Automotive will resurrect the iconic name from its history for the track-only edition of the award-winning McLaren P1™. The limited-run model will go into production when the 375th and final example of the road car has been completed, and in homage to its race-winning ancestor, the most powerful McLaren to date will be named the McLaren P1™ GTR.
With no need to comply with road legislation, the McLaren P1™ GTR will be designed and developed as the best drivers’ car in the world on track. This will see even greater levels of performance, grip, aerodynamics and downforce than the road car. It will also feature technologies and a powertrain more extreme with an intended power output of 1,000PS (986 bhp), race-proven slick tyres, a widened track and more aggressive and distinctive styling designed to offer optimised performance around a lap.
The decision to produce a track-only variant is in response to demand to McLaren P1™ owners. The McLaren P1™ GTR programme will be priced at £1.98m, and will include a tailored programme created for each customer to build driver capability. It will include exclusive consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team and Design Director Frank Stephenson, privileged access to one of the McLaren racing simulators, and participation in a minimum of six dedicated international drive events to be held at some of the world’s most iconic Formula 1™ circuits. Exact production numbers are still to be determined, but will be strictly limited.
Press Release 2
McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE AT THE 2014 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
19/06/14 from McLaren Automotive
- Latest track-focused model from McLaren GT to make world debut at 11.00BST, Friday 27 June
- McLaren P1™ and 650S to feature in the Supercar Paddock
- McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button to pilot the latest model up the famous Goodwood Hill
Models from the past, present and future of McLaren, including a global premiere, will be on show as the brand demonstrates its addiction to winning at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month. As part of this display, the covers will be pulled off the latest generation competitive track-focused racer to carry the McLaren name in the shadows of the famous Goodwood House, and a stone’s throw from the hallowed Goodwood Circuit, at 11.00 BST, Friday 27 June.
In a new location for 2014, adjacent to the TAG Heuer Drivers’ Club, the McLaren House will demonstrate the brand’s focus on pushing boundaries and drive for constant improvement. It will be home to examples of the recently launched 650S Coupe and Spider, as well as the McLaren P1™. With each of the 375 production models sold, every example of the McLaren P1™ is special, but the featured model is arguably the most famous – and a winner in its own right. Registered P1 OOV, and codenamed ‘PP3’, the Amethyst Black model featured on BBC Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, who named it his ‘Car of the Year’. Alongside this, will be one of the earliest examples of McLaren’s successful racers, and one of only a handful of cars that can boast a more substantial rear wing than a McLaren P1™ – the M7C, driven by a man who truly embodied the phrase ‘addicted to winning’, Bruce McLaren, to three podium finishes during the 1969 Formula 1™ season.
Following the global unveiling event by McLaren GT, a range of interviews and activities will take place at the McLaren House. This will include appearances by 2009 Formula 1™ World Champion and McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, who will also drive one of the brand’s latest models up the Hill.
In the grounds of the McLaren House stand will be the McLaren Boutique, where a new range of McLaren P1™ and 650S-inspired products will be on sale for the first time. Visitors to the Festival of Speed will also be able to enjoy food and beverages from the McLaren Coffee House, and watch featured video content throughout the weekend on the stand. McLaren will also be offering a seat in the 204mph 650S Spider for photography, in return for a donation of £2 to Chestnut Tree House (www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk), the selected beneficiary of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.
Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for young people from 0-25 years of age with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. The hospice aims to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout their life, however short it may be.
As in previous years, McLaren will also have a presence in the Supercar Paddock, with two models on display throughout the course of the weekend. A special example of the 650S developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), making its debut at the Festival of Speed, will be joined by the McLaren P1™ to line up alongside some of the world’s most exclusive performance cars, and will take part in the dynamic display running up the famous Goodwood Hill throughout the Festival.
Press Release - July, 25 2014
McLaren will use its presence at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to showcase its ultimate track-focused model, the McLaren P1™GTR, in design concept form.
Conceived in response to requests from buyers of the road legal McLaren P1™ for a track focused edition of their car, and available for purchase only to this group as a fully comprehensive programme to include driving events, training and vehicle support, the McLaren P1™GTRwill go into production in June 2015 when the 375th and final example of the road car has been completed - two decades on from the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans win by the legendary McLaren F1 GTR.
The McLaren P1™GTR is being designed and developed using five decades of race-winning knowledge from the pinnacle of motorsport. Participants in the programme will have unprecedented access to the technologies, resources and expertise which have helped develop and train Formula 1™ champions.
The McLaren P1™ GTR design concept will be unveiled during an exclusive preview at the McLaren Brand Centre on the 18th Fairway at the Pebble Beach Lodge at 18.00 EST on Friday 15 August (02.00 BST Saturday 16 August), and will make its public debut on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn over the course of the weekend.