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 GTR.
This new P1 is starting to take shape, as the British manufacturer has released preliminary details on the race-spec supercar . In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 will carry the same GTR moniker.
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.
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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.
Naturally, the race-ready P1 won’t be just about enormous amounts of horsepower and torque. British engineers will also enhance the P1’s aerodynamics and increase downforce by means of an aggressive body kit. Expect the supercar to receive an extreme front apron with a prominent lip spoiler and canard, wider wheel arches for the widened track, a brand-new diffuser, and a massive rear wing. To further increase the P1 GTR’s handling around the track, McLaren is also working on a stiffer, heavy-duty suspension system that will support a set of ultra-lightweight wheels wrapped in slick tires.
But the most important fact about the company’s monstrous race car is its output. Although McLaren is mum in regard to the upgrades destined to enhance the P1’s hybrid powertrain, the manufacturer did say the P1 GTR will benefit from 986 horsepower. That’s 83 ponies more than the road-legal supercar and way more than we initially expected. Needless to say, the P1 GTR will be a rocket.
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.
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.