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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.