The only road-legal P1 GTR ever built

Introduced in early 2013, the P1 was McLaren’s second production supercar and the spiritual successor to the iconic F1 of the 1990s. Arguably the quickest and most powerful road-going McLaren to date, the P1 was also the company’s first vehicle to use a hybrid drivetrain. Like its predecessor, it was built around a carbon-fiber monocoque and roof structure and employs various technologies that the British brand had developed for Formula One. Discontinued in 2016 after 375 units were built, the P1 spawned a race-only version named the P1 GTR. Developed at the request of P1 owners who wanted a more extreme version of the supercar, the GTR received a more powerful hybrid drivetrain and production was limited to only 35 examples, all of which were made available exclusively to P1 owners.

A little more than a year has passed since the P1 GTR made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and its owners are already enjoying its racing abilities on race tracks around the world. However, one certain rumor has been disturbing P1 owners and supercar enthusiasts alike since 2015: that McLaren was secretly working on a street-legal GTR. Come 2016 and it’s no longer just hearsay. McLaren has revealed that a road-going P1 GTR will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The vehicle was converted to road specification by Lanzante Limited, a British company that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR with its Motorsport division. Later it became a service center for road and race-spec McLarens and currently restores classic vehicles. The road-going GTR will be displayed alongside regular GTR (sounds weird, I know) fitted with a special livery inspired by James Hunt’s race helmet, in honor of the 40th anniversary of his Formula One championship win in a McLaren M23.

The Lanzante team will attempt to set the fastest time of the weekend for a road car with 1999 Indy 500 winner and McLaren test driver, Kenny Bräck, behind the wheel.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante.

  • 2016 McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    986
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    217 mph
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What makes the McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante special

McLaren didn’t provide many details of the unique road-going P1 GTR, but did say that the supercar features a black exterior paint with red, yellow, and blue stripes that echo those of James Hunt’s racing helmet. The colors represent Wellington College, the school Hunt attended before becoming a racing driver. The colored stripes have been carefully placed on the body to highlight the P1 GTR’s intricate aerodynamic shape and vents on the front hood, doors, and side skirts. They also wrap around the headlamps and taillights, giving the P1 a more aggressive stance. The massive rear wing is adorned by the same colors, as well as "James Hunt" lettering and the number 11, the same on the driver’s championship-winning McLaren M23 race car.

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McLaren also said that the Lanzante car "resembles a McLaren P1 GTR but with modifications for road use," but didn’t release specific details. The only picture publishes as of this writing show that the front bumper canards have been removed and that the engine hood has been redesigned. More details will become available when the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks in so make sure you stick around for updates.

Under the hood, Lanzante’s P1 GTR is identical to the standard model. The drivetrain is an enhanced version of the standard P1’s, which brings together a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 and a powerful electric motor. Output is rated at 986 horsepower, a 83-horsepower improvement over the stock P1. Sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic, the oomph enables the P1 GTR to hit 60 mph from a standing start in around 2.4 seconds, toward a top speed of 217 mph.

Although only one was built, the road-legal P1 GTR can be considered a spiritual successor of the F1 GT, a homologation special that featured the body and most of the drivetrain of the F1 GTR "Longtail" race car, but was legal for street use. Only five were built.

McLaren P1 GTR

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The McLaren P1 GTR was unveiled in 2015, exactly 20 years after McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the F1 GTR. Made available to the 375 P1 owners only, the GTR was built in a very limited edition of 35 units. There is no information as to how the 35 owners were selected, but each had to pay around £2 million (about $2.82 million as of June 2016) for one, which made the GTR twice as expensive than its street-spec brother. The track-only P1 GTR also came with its very own Driver Program, joining the exclusive ranks of the Ferrari FXX K. The program kicked off at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain in 2015, after an initial test session at the Silverstone track in England, as well as 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.

Read our full review on the McLaren P1 GTR here.

Press Release

Background
Lanzante Ltd. first became globally synonymous with the McLaren name when it ran the semi-works McLaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. 21 years later, Lanzante has created the McLaren P1 LM - its first limited production road car and a development of the most recent models to be produced within McLaren’s Ultimate Series.

Intended to be the quickest, rarest and last of the P1 variants, and delivered to Lanzante by McLaren Special Operations’ Bespoke division, the P1 LM is road legal yet offers even more performance than the McLaren P1™ GTR. So far an experimental prototype has been completed and it is this which will take to Goodwood’s Hill in Class 25 for Modern GT Racers with 1999 Indy 500 winner and McLaren test driver, Kenny Bräck, behind the wheel.

A further five production cars will be produced: one in dark grey like the prototype, the other four in orange. All are expected to be delivered to customers in January 2017.

Engine
The biggest change is to the engine hardware producing additional boost and hybrid power in order to maintain the McLaren P1™ GTR’s 1000PS (986bhp). This is achieved while still using 99-octane fuel.

The engine bay features gold plated heat shielding while the catalytic convertor pipes and exhaust headers are made using the exotic ’super-alloy’ Inconel saving 4.5 kg. Furthermore, the charge coolers will be produced with even more efficient cores to maintain power at higher run temperatures.

Chassis
Wheels and tyres are unique to the P1 LM but the Race Active Chassis Control and major parts of the McLaren P1™ GTR are retained.

The LM will be 60kg lighter than even the McLaren P1™ GTR thanks to the removal of race parts such as the air-jack system, the use of lightweight seats from the McLaren F1 GTR, the Inconel exhaust and titanium tailpipes, lightweight fabricated charge coolers, Lexan windows, and the use of titanium bolts and fixings.

The final set up of the cars will be completed by Kenny Brack at the Nürburgring circuit.

Design
The advanced aerodynamics and styling of the McLaren P1™ GTR are largely carried over to the P1 LM but with increased aero from a modified rear wing, and larger front splitter and dive planes. Together the changes give a predicted increase in downforce of 40%.

The P1 LM is uniquely fitted with a fully exposed carbon fibre roof and additional panels. Other exterior changes include orange brake callipers on the orange examples and silver on the grey ones.

Interior
Exposed carbon fibre covers the entire dashboard, instrument cowl, seat backs, roof, door cards, centre console and even the floor mats. Air conditioning is included as standard.

Orange Alcantara ® is used for the seat inserts and door pulls on the orange cars, black on the grey examples. Five point seat belts are also fitted.

The Alcantara ® trimmed steering wheel is unique to the P1 LM and is a modified version of that used in the championship winning McLaren MP4/23 driven by Lewis Hamilton.

Additional Equipment
The P1 LM will be supplied by Lanzante Ltd. with a full tool kit including a torque wrench and wheel socket plus diagnostics tablet. Included, too, will be a tailored car cover and battery charging system. Owners will also be treated to a 1:8 scale model of their car and framed rendering.

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