McLaren Considering Faster, Track-Focused P1
While most customers still have to wait for their McLaren P1 as production is set to stretch until next year, the British manufacturer is reportedly already working on a new iteration of its halo supercar.
According to Autocar, McLaren is exploring the possibility of developing a track-exclusive P1 that customers will be able to drive during special course days similar to Corse Clienti events organized by Ferrari.
The project is in its infancy phase, but apparently McLaren already got in touch with all 375 owners of the P1 to ask whether they would be interested in such a vehicle. The initiative comes after several customers have asked the Brits if they would consider making a track-only supercar.
Details are obviously scarce, but it’s safe to assume that a track-focused P1 will feature more extreme aerodynamics and an upgraded suspension tuned for race course use. McLaren could also try and squeeze more power out of the hybrid powertrain, but significant increases in power and torque aren’t likely.
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Why It Matters
McLaren has become increasingly popular since the days of the F1 and it’s probably the most focused manufacturer in the sports car industry. However, the Brits lack a proper customer racing program and continue to miss out on the opportunities provided by endurance racing.
While taking on such a feat would be rather difficult right now, the automaker needs to be established and maybe expanded in key markets such as the United States and the Middle-East. The so-called P1 Track would be a great start to a new customer experience for buyers and a more exclusive status for McLaren.
The P1 is commonly known as the pinnacle of McLaren knowledge and technology, blending everything the company has learned from decades of involvement in racing. It is also the first McLaren to feature a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor.
The combo outputs no less than 903 horsepower and a whooping 1,100 pound-feet of torque, enabling the hypercar to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a neck-breaking 2.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph. Only 375 units are to be built and each retail for $1.15 million. Despite the cost, McLaren sold all the P1 orders in a matter of months.