The iconic GTR returns after two decades!

The 2014 McLaren P1 debuted with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that together 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 GTR 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 translate into 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. Read on to meet McLaren’s new and utterly powerful race car.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1 GTR.

Live images from Monterey are courtesy of Carninja and are used with expressed permission.

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*** McLaren took the already menacing looking P1 even further with a race-inspired body kit ***

While the road-legal P1 is already 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.

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*** Around back, the P1 GTR is even sexier. The rear internals are now exposed, emphasizing the vehicle’s aggressive race 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 race 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 is 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 new exhaust system — 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.

The production version revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, on the other hand, sports a yellow-and-green livery that pays homage to the No. 51, Harrods-sponsored F1 GTR that finished third in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. After that result, the team went on to win the final three races of the BPR Championship. The car continued to race throughout 1996, making it one of the longest-serving examples of the race-spec F1 GTR.


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*** The carbon-fiber MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, but most amenities have been removed to save weight ***

The P1 GTR’s interior is as track-focused as it gets. The carbon-fiber MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, but most amenities have been removed to shave more weight from the vehicle. As a result, the whole structure weighs only 198.4 pounds (90 kg), a figure that also includes the roof, roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery, and electronics housing. Making things even better is that the race car sees no reduction in headroom for the driver, as the rollcage is incorporated into the MonoCage.

The main highlight of the interior is the new, race-spec steering wheel. The unit has been designed to make all controls as easily accessible as possible, with all of the mode switches located in the center of the wheel. This allows the driver to adjust the setup and characteristics of the P1 GTR without having to take his hands off the wheel. Based on the steering wheel of the McLaren MP4-23 Formula One car, the unit is also equipped with DRS and IPAS buttons, both of which can be operated with race gloves on.

Other features that are not available on the road car include lightweight, DTM-style seats with six-point harnesses. The carbon-fiber seats are tailored to suit each driver, and are mounted directly to the chassis. Unlike most of today’s race cars, the P1 GT3 retains the air-conditioning system from the road-going car.


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The output now sits at 986 horsepower, 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 horsepower, 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. The GTR keeps the P1’s seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic transmission, but revised internals enable 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.

McLaren says the P1 GTR benfits from a race-prepped suspension with a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car. A revised braking system reins in 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.


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*** 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 twice as 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. Production is limited to only 58 units.

P1 GTR Driver Program

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The track-only P1 GTR comes with its very own Driver Program, joining the very exclusive ranks of the Ferrari FXX K. The program began at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain in 2015, after an initial test session at the Silverstone track in England, as well individual driver profiling sessions at the McLaren Technology Centre. These sessions included a race seat fitting, a Human Performance Centre assessment, and final discussions in regard to the design and livery of each model with McLaren Automotive Design Director Frank Stephenson. Additionally, each driver experienced the McLaren P1 GTR through the company’s advanced simulator for the first time.


Ferrari FXX-K

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 offer impressive output figures and staggering looks. Both are ready to go against each other on the street and both have spawned track-only versions. Ferrari’s proposition is called the FXX-K and it’s a successor to the Enzo FXX. Sporting similar aerodynamic upgrades and weight-saving measures, the FXX-K is also more powerful than its road-legal counterpart. The hybrid drivetrain, which brings together the familiar 6.3-liter V-12 and an electric more, cranks out a whopping 1,036 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, 86 horses more than the standard model. The FXX-K is also more exotic than the P1 GTR, with production set at only 40 units. Pricing starts from $3.1 million and they aren’t available for just anyone. In order to buy one, you need to own a few more Ferraris. Also, despite the massive sticker, owners won’t get to keep the car, which will remain with Ferrari outside the special track events.

Read our full story on the Ferrari FXX-K.

Aston Martin Vulcan

The Vulcan arrived in 2016 as Aston Martin’s first full-fledged supercar. Built on a bespoke platform and with unique design and aerodynamics, the Vulcan is also a track-only vehicle and comes with a racing program. This makes it the perfect competitor for the FXX-K. But while the FXX-K is a hybrid, the Vulcan AMR Pro uses a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V-12. Output is 820 horsepower, which might not be as much as the Ferrari’s, but it’s enough to push it to 60 mph in less than three seconds and up to a top speed of at least 200 mph. It rides on a pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry and Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers, the latter providing high levels of adjustability. There’s also variable traction control and anti-lock braking, as well as Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Production is limited to only 24 units, each priced from around $2.3 million.

Read our full story on the Aston Martin Vulcan.

McLaren F1 GTR

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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.


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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 as important as the P1 GTR’s nearly 1,000 horsepower and sexy body kit is the 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.

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    • Can’t buy one unless you already own a P1
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Update History

Updated 03/03/2015: The new 2016 McLaren P1 GTR made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Check out the "Pictures" tab for some images taken during the live unveiling.

Updated 02/24/2015: McLaren unveiled a new promo video for its new P1 GTR. The car went face to face with its ancestor, the F1 GTR, on the race track where both of them did great. Enjoy!

Updated 02/18/2015: McLaren unveiled the first images and details on the production version P1 GTR with just a few days before its official debut in Geneva. Click past the jump for the new details.

Updated 01/16/2015: McLaren announced that the production version P1 GTR will be officially unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The announcement comes with a new video (above) showing the car’s latest stages from the development program. Enjoy!

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!

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.

Updated 10/22/2014: McLaren unveiled a new set of images and the first details on the P1 GTR’s interior. A new video was also made available. Check past the jump for the new details.

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Press Release - 8/17/2014


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  • 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

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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.

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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


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 (, 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.

Press Release - October 22, 2014

The McLaren P1™ GTR will offer an on- and off-track driving experience like no other, with unique access to the technologies and expertise within the McLaren Technology Centre, and the most powerful track-only model ever produced by McLaren Automotive. Dynamic testing is well underway at a range of international race circuits, and the first uncamouflged images show the latest aerodynamic and cooling updates being trialled. In addition, the driver-focused cockpit is shown to be even more purposeful than the road-going model, and has been designed with driver engagement and weight saving key priorities, but no compromise in terms of comfort and safety.

The individually-tailored McLaren P1™ GTR driver programme will offer each driver a unique insight into the world of McLaren. Details of the programme, which has previously been experienced by race winners and world champions, are explained on the official McLaren Automotive YouTube channel:

The view from the inside

The first images of the interior show how the driving environment of the McLaren P1™ GTR has been designed to be as focused for the driver as possible, and is stripped of all but the essential items in a bid to keep weight to a minimum. The lightweight carbon fibre MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, and weighs just 90kg including the upper and lower structures (including roof), roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing. This, in common with the road car, meets FIA load requirements for rollover in GT racing category. Since the ‘rollcage’ is incorporated into the MonoCage, there is no reduction in headroom for the driver.

The centre piece of the driver’s environment is the newly developed steering wheel, which has been designed to make all controls as easily accessible and user-friendly as possible. As with various elements throughout the car, there is significant heritage linked to the steering wheel. Although unique to the McLaren P1™ GTR, the design is based on the steering wheel of the 2008 Formula 1™ championship-winning MP4-23.

As on a Formula 1™ car, key controls including the mode switches are located to the centre of the bespoke steering wheel. This allows the driver to fully adjust the setup and characteristics of the car without having to take their hands from the wheel. The DRS and IPAS buttons are retained on the steering wheel. In the design and implementation of this new set up, all controls can be comfortably operated, and are easily accessible, when in a full race suit, helmet and gloves.

The cabin is equipped with lightweight DTM-style seats and full six-point motorsport harnesses. This will be specifically set up for the individual driver, and mounted directly to the chassis, reducing weight by having no additional mounting brackets. The HANS-approved carbon fibre seat shell offers comfort and support, and has been ergonomically-designed along with the rest of the cabin controls. Despite the stripped out environment, the air-conditioning is retained to maintain comfort during the much more physical driving experience.

Testing continues

The dedicated test team of engineers, technicians and development drivers continues to progress the programme, and has recently completed a successful test in the extreme desert heat at the Bahrain International Circuit. The programme was designed to push the capabilities of the upgraded IPAS powertrain, ensure optimised balance and handling characteristics on the race-proven Pirelli slick tyres, and work through aerodynamic developments including the dramatic fixed-height rear wing which includes the Formula 1™-style Drag Reduction System (DRS).

The rigorous testing schedule was carried out with the latest development prototype, and is seen dynamically for the first time, finished in a combination of Carbon Black paintwork and bare carbon fibre bodywork.

All tests were completed with results meeting or, in many cases exceeding, the stringent targets set. The McLaren P1™ GTR development continues its rapid progress, with further mileage scheduled over the winter throughout Europe.

McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme

‘With the McLaren P1™ GTR driver programme, we have aimed to do something different, very much like the way we operate the rest of the business. We don’t follow the trends. Our road cars are different to our competitors, so too will be our driving programme,’ Chris Goodwin, Chief Test Driver for McLaren Automotive.

The McLaren P1™ GTR will be like no other model ever produced by McLaren Automotive. It is therefore fitting that the McLaren P1™ GTR driver programme will be different to anything offered previously. Drivers will become a member of the world’s most exclusive McLaren ownership programme, and gain a unique insight into the steps McLaren drivers take after signing for the team. With access to the world within the McLaren Technology Centre, each driver will have an unparalleled, and completely unique, experience. As race winners and world champions have before them, each driver will embark on a bespoke driver programme designed to hone and optimise driving skills, and learn how to get the best of themselves and the car.

A dedicated track preparation programme, tailored to suit each individual driver, will start at the McLaren Technology Centre and drivers will have access to go behind previously off-limits areas. Paul Mackenzie, McLaren P1™ GTR Programme Director explains: ‘The programme is about enabling our drivers to get the most out of the McLaren P1™ GTR. Before they get out on track, each driver will join us at the MTC and have unprecedented access to the cutting edge facilities, including the racing simulator. This will enable drivers to build up a greater understanding of the car’s capabilities and true performance, as well as learning the braking and turn-in points before they arrive at the circuit. It also allows them to analyse and discuss their performance ahead of testing themselves in the real world situation, so they are fully prepared when they take to the track.

‘It is a programme that has been developed over the years for our Formula 1™ and our young drivers. It’s not just about fitness, but also about mental preparation, and looks at the full wellbeing of the driver, and prepares them mentally and physically for the activities they will experience on track.’

The events themselves will take place at some of the most iconic racing Formula 1™ circuits across the world, and drivers will take part in six events during the first year of the programme. At each event, drivers will have a dedicated race team responsible for running the car. This will include a personal driver coach and head engineer, who will work through telemetry and video analysis to hone skills, and optimise laptimes. This one-to-one tuition will be bespoke to each driver, and will be tailored to suit each driver’s invidiual skill set and driving ability.

Press Release - February 18, 2015

The track-dedicated 1000PS McLaren P1™ GTR will debut at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show in limited production form with only minor modifications to the Design Concept presented just six months ago. The most noticeable change is the livery that the Geneva show car will be sporting. It is one which will be available to the fortunate few who will be joining the McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme that kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain later this year. The design is homage to the yellow and green McLaren F1 GTR, chassis #06R, which has claimed its own place in history as one of the five F1 GTRs that dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the historic debut by McLaren 20 years ago.

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From design concept to the track

The McLaren P1™ GTR has completed an extensive and intense testing schedule across the world following the unveil of the Design Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last summer. This has produced enhancements to the original design to optimise aerodynamic performance and cooling.

The front track is 80mm wider than the road-going McLaren P1™ and with its aggressively profiled front splitter, the also car sits 50mm lower to the ground on centre-locking 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels shod with Pirelli slick tyres. The lower bodywork is trimmed with a sleek aerodynamic blade as previewed on the design concept, which cleans the flow of air along the car’s flanks.

The lightweight windscreen from the McLaren P1™ road car, measuring just 3.2mm thick, has been retained, while the side windows are now motorsport-specification polycarbonate with a sliding ‘ticket window’ on the driver’s side. The chemically toughened glass panels in the roof have been replaced with carbon fibre panels to give the cabin a more enclosed, cocooned environment, as has the engine bay cover. The weight saving measures on the McLaren P1™ GTR combine to strip out 50kg over the road-going model.

The rear of the track-only model is dominated, in contrast to the road-going McLaren P1™, by the presence of a fixed-height wing which sits more than 400mm above the sculpted rear bodywork – an increase of over 100mm of the adjustable wing on the road car. Working in conjunction with the front-mounted aerodynamic flaps ahead of the front wheels, the rear wing helps to increase downforce levels by more than 10 percent – meaning up to 660kg at 150 mph. Mounted on light weight carbon fibre pylon supports, the wing retains the DRS (Drag Reduction System) of the road car, which trims the pitch from 32° to 0° at the push of the button on the steering wheel. Another bold and differentiating feature at the rear are the large twin exhaust pipes, formed from an Inconel and titanium alloy. This system saves in excess of 6.5kg over the already light road-going system.

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Significant updates and modifications to the IPAS powertrain have been made beneath the ‘shrinkwrapped’ carbon fibre bodywork. At its heart, the McLaren P1™ GTR seamlessly integrates the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with an enhanced lightweight electric motor. Combined, these powerplants generate 1,000PS; 800PS (789bhp) is produced by the petrol engine, coupled to 200PS (197bhp) available immediately from the electric motor.

The powertrain has been thoroughly revised for optimum performance on track, with key components replaced with motorsport-developed parts, more suited to the sustained high speed running the cars will be subjected to. In addition to this, features within the powertrain of the McLaren P1™ designed specifically for public highway use have been removed to reduce weight.

McLaren F1 GTR #06R: inspiring a new generation

McLaren F1 GTR chassis #06R was campaigned successfully throughout the 1995 and 1996 seasons with Mach One Racing, and is one of the longest serving examples of the McLaren F1 GTR in competition. The Harrods-sponsored #51 was famously one of seven McLaren F1 GTRs to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, and was driven to the final podium position by multiple Le Mans race winner Derek Bell, his son Justin, and Andy Wallace. After this result, the team went on to win the final three races of the BPR Championship.

The following year, the team enjoyed another strong campaign. Oliver Grouillard joined Derek Bell and Andy Wallace in the line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and finished a commendable sixth. The team also claimed a win at Silverstone in the Global GT Endurance championship.

McLaren P1™ Driver Programme

The first locations for the first McLaren P1™ Driver Programme have now been confirmed, and will see drivers attend an initial test session at Silverstone, England, followed by the first on-track activity at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. These events will follow on from individual driver profiling sessions at the McLaren Technology Centre. These tailored consultations will include a race seat fitting, a Human Performance Centre assessment, and final discussions around the design and livery of each model with McLaren Automotive Design Director Frank Stephenson. Each driver will also experience the McLaren P1™ GTR from the simulator for the first time.

Ultimate Series forms the third and final tier of the McLaren model line-up

The McLaren P1™ GTR joins the road-going McLaren P1™ in the Ultimate Series. This exclusive range prioritises aerodynamics and outright performance through notable advances in weight reduction, chassis and powertrain engineering and the use of pioneering materials.

McLaren has now established a three tier naming structure of Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series. The Sports Series is the entry point to McLaren and will make its global debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April. Above this sits the core McLaren Super Series, comprising the 650S, the Asia-only 625C and the recently-announced 675LT which will premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

The McLaren P1™ GTR will make its global debut alongside the recently announced McLaren 675LT on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at 12.15 CET (11.15 GMT) on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show.

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