McLaren Officially Confirms Track Version Of The P1 Supercar
McLaren Automotive has announced its financial results for 2013, posting record revenues of $477.90 million (£285.4 million) for the year. While this is great news for the company, the Brits unveiled something even more exciting for its customers: the rumored track-focused P1 supercar will hit race courses in 2015.
There is some bad new though, as the race-ready P1 will be available only to clients who have ordered one of the 375 standard and road-legal P1s. So unless you either have one parked in your garage or on its way, no soup for you! However, owning a street-spec P1 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entitled to buy and hoon such a track beast. McLaren says this purposed vehicle will be its rarest yet, meaning only a handful of them will be built. Production figures have yet to be released, but don’t expect them to be assembled by the hundreds.
Although details about the track-prepped P1 are still under wraps, we have a hunch the Brits are working on an extreme aerodynamic body, and an upgraded suspension specifically tuned for the race course. An output update is also on the table, but we’re not betting on massive improvements in the horsepower and torque departments.
In addition to confirming the new track toy, McLaren also announced that the P13 sports car will become available in more than one version. No actual details were given, but the entry-level vehicle is likely to roll out in coupe and convertible guises, and, later in its life, with a GT suit as well.
Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.
Why It Matters
Already marketed as the most powerful and rarest McLaren ever built, the track-exclusive P1 is bound to become the next big thing in the gasoline-gulping supercar world. More importantly though, the track-prepped hypercar is likely to prompt the British automaker to establish a proper customer program and introduce special course days similar to Corse Clienti events organized by Ferrari. Lastly, McLaren will have the necessary tools to return to endurance racing and take on the world’s major race tracks like in the good old days of the F1.
Commonly known as the pinnacle of McLaren knowledge and technology, the McLaren P1 supercar blends 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 cranks out no less than 903 horsepower and a whopping 1,100 pound-feet of torque, enabling the P1 to scream from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and onto a top speed of 217 mph. Retailed for around $1.15 million, the P1 will be built in just 375 units.