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2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante

2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante

A longtail version of the P1 GTR and a tribute to the iconic F1 GTR Longtail

The McLaren P1 GTR-18 is an aftermarket conversion of the McLaren P1 supercar performed by Lanzante. The package is essentially an exterior upgrade that enhances aerodynamics, but the cars are also finished in historic racing liveries. Now specialized in servicing and restoration of classic cars, Lanzante used to run its own motorsport team, including the one that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR under Kokusai Kaihatsu sponsorship. In 2016, Lanzante converted six P1 GTR models to road-legal specs and called them the P1 LM. The P1 GTR-18 is thus Lanzante’s second project based on the P1.

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2019 McLaren P1 GTR by McLaren Special Operations

2019 McLaren P1 GTR by McLaren Special Operations

An enthusiastic tribute to Ayrton Senna and his 1988 McLaren MP4/4

A brand-new McLaren P1 GTR has been unveiled and, suitably, it wears the Marlboro livery that once covered the glorious McLaren-Honda MP4/4 that carried Senna to his first world champion crown 30 years ago during arguably the most dominant season ever for Team McLaren.

This new P1 GTR is the result of three years of intense work by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) who’ve worked in close partnership with the customer that requested this one-off machine. It features a more aggressive aero package than the standard P1 GTR, more power thanks to some tweaks to the engine, as well as a bespoke interior with seats borrowed from the McLaren Senna.

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2014 McLaren P1

2014 McLaren P1

McLaren’s first hybrid packs 903 horsepower!

The McLaren P1 is a huge step forward for the company and for the hypercar game in general. It represents the pinnacle of McLaren’s knowledge in creating road cars that integrate the best Formula 1 technology to achieve searing performance on par with the best of the best from Ferrari and Pagani.

The P1 risked being overshadowed during its big debuts in Paris and Geneva, thanks to the concurrent reveals of LaFerrari and the Lamborghini Veneno, which both pack more styling drama and a more artful execution than the P1. Not one to shy away from competition, McLaren is ready for the sales brawl in the hypercar segment with their vision of the ultimate road car.

The difference for McLaren (versus Bugatti Veyron, for example) is that this is a make-or-break technical showcase whose failure could threaten the stability of the entire fledgling McLaren Automotive division. The Woking crew needs the P1 to be a real hero car in order for its marketing magic to trickle down to their 12C and upcoming 911-fighting P13 models.

Among the admirable traits of McLaren supremo Ron Dennis is his willingness to make running changes to the models. Following the 12C’s debut, the team bumped the power output, made the engine and exhaust much louder, and re-programmed the stability controls – all in the name of driving pleasure.

Will McLaren implement what they’ve learned from the 12C program to make the P1 a thrill to drive, or just a clenched-fist technical marvel?

Updated 07/06/2016: While the McLaren P1 is long time sold out, somewhere in Tokyo, Japan, one lucky guy uses the P1 for the daily commute and also takes it into the mountain passes at the weekend. Check him out in the new video released by McLaren!

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2017 McLaren P1 LM

2017 McLaren P1 LM

Road-legal version of the P1 GTR and a tribute to the iconic F1 LM

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: McLaren was secretly working on a street-legal GTR. Come 2016 and it’s no longer just hearsay. McLaren has revealed a road-going P1 GTR that will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It goes by the name P1 LM — as a tribute to the iconic F1 LM and was conceived by Lanzante Limited, a British company that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR through its Motorsport division and later became a service center for road and race-spec McLarens.

Following the prototype’s introduction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren will build five production cars, a figure that matches the production run of the original F1 LM, also a road-legal version of a race car.

Updated 06/23/2016: McLaren dropped the official details on the P1 LM with just a few hours before its official debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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2016 McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante

2016 McLaren P1 GTR By Lanzante

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.

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2016 McLaren P1 By MSO

2016 McLaren P1 By MSO

McLaren Special Operations reveals the first P1 with a carbon fiber conversion kit

The Geneva Motor Show is still a couple weeks away, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the show. This year, McLaren is setting up its largest stand ever and will showcase vehicles like a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider, the recently confirmed 650S GT3 race car, and another, unknown addition to the Sports Series family. However, one of the more interesting vehicles on display will be the McLaren P1 by McLaren Special Operations.

A couple years back, we covered a story about a customer who thought McLaren offered a full carbon fiber body for the P1 at no additional cost. Of course, this was an absurd assumption by someone who was ill-informed, considering such an option would be so costly that the word “free” has no place in the conversation. That may be the case, but it got the idea out there.

Earlier this year, McLaren announced that the P1 would be offered with a carbon fiber body conversion, and the first of the 375 road-legal versions of the P1 equipped with this carbon fiber body will be shown to the public for the first time in Geneva. The conversion is obviously done by MSO, and you can’t deny how beautiful it looks from the pictures. Until we get to see the car up close, in its carbon form, let’s take a better look at this special McLaren P1.

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2015 McLaren P1 By MSO With Exposed Carbon-Fiber Body Sides

2015 McLaren P1 By MSO With Exposed Carbon-Fiber Body Sides

In 2013, McLaren rolled out the 2014 McLaren P1, its first full-fledged supercar since the 1993 McLaren F1. Equipped with a hybrid drivetrain and introduced about the same time as the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, the P1 became part of the first generation of hybrid supercars. With production limited to only 375, the P1 sold out in no time. However, because each models is hand-built at McLaren’s plant in Woking, the Brits have yet to assemble all P1s as of mid-2015. Although most P1s are special to the extent that they were taken to the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for custom paint jobs and interiors, this example stands out in a crowd.

Though it has also received a bespoke paint and a chrome finish, the reason why this P1 is truly unique is that it features exposed carbon-fiber parts. Granted, it’s not the first P1 to sport unpainted carbon fiber (McLaren built 20 full-carbon P1s), but it’s a combination we don’t get to see very often, even on very expensive hypercars.

There’s no word as to who took delivery of this beauty or how much he (or she) paid for it, but it’s a sight to behold. And since most of us probably won’t get to see this particular P1 in the metal, I decided it deserves a full review of its own.

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2016 McLaren P1 GTR

2016 McLaren P1 GTR

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.

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

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2015 McLaren P1 Miles Nadal Edition by MSO

2015 McLaren P1 Miles Nadal Edition by MSO

I’ve often wondered what a 2014 McLaren P1 owner would do once he takes delivery of one of the most powerful cars in the world. Will he stow in the garage to collect dust? Will he lay waste to it any opportune chance he gets? Will he try to sell it at a premium in the second-hand car market? Businessman and philanthropist Miles Nadal has done none of these things, at least not yet. Instead, he decided that the best way to showcase his P1 was to send it over to McLaren Special Operations and have McLaren’s personalization department give it an extra layer of uniqueness. The result is this beauty you see right before your eyes.

As the CEO of MDC Partners, the 8th largest advertising holdings company in the world, Nadal has a pretty deep set of pockets. That much we know. That’s also a big reason why he can afford to buy a McLaren P1 and then have it go through the jazzy hands of MSO’s finest.

Once there, Nadal apparently had one simple request: he wanted his P1 to be dressed in the same two-tone, blue-and-orange colors of Gulf Racing; one of the most famous racing teams in history.

It takes a particularly skilful set of hands to pull something like this of. Fortunately, MSO is full of engineers and designers who have this kind of unique qualification, and as you can see from the final product, these fine men and women put their respective expertise to good use.

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2015 McLaren P1 by MSO

2015 McLaren P1 by MSO

McLaren Special Operations, McLaren’s bespoke division, was first launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. Since that time, MSO has been responsible for a handful of unique creations, including the 12C Concept Car that we first saw in December 2013 and the 650S Coupe Concept that was unveiled in April 2014. For the 2014 Pebble Beach show, McLaren is returning to the scene of the MSO’s debut with two new customized projects, this time for the almighty P1 and the 650S Spider.

The former, in particular, was commissioned by a North American customer and it further reinforces MSO’s billing as McLaren’s full personalization service for its owners. MSO’s work on the P1 is completely stunning. Actually, "stunning" might not even be a clear representation of the work MSO put into turning this P1 into a true one-of-a-kind showpiece model.

There are rare moments in life when you just sit back and admire someone else’s work, and The MSO P1 is one of those moments. I’d love to wax poetic about it, but even the sincerest form of hyperbole probably won’t do justice to the work McLaren’s MSO division put into this P1.

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2014 McLaren P1 by ASMA Design

2014 McLaren P1 by ASMA Design

ASMA Design has a history of building some pretty impressive programs for a variety of supercars and while it technically hasn’t started on one for the McLaren P1, it’s safe to say that judging by the rendering it released on what the P1 would look like after it’s done with it, ASMA should do it as soon as humanly possible.

One look and you can immediately tell that the P1’s level of aesthetic wonder just went to overdrive. The added vents and ducts, in particular, do more than just making the P1 look more tiger-fierce, but the improved air flow and aerodynamic stability are all equally important in giving the supercar more balance.

After all, when you’re talking about a car that features a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that produces a staggering 903 horsepower, you’re going to be need to be able to control all those horses running under its hood. Add that to the fact that the P1 is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 218 mph makes us wonder whether ASMA Design has a performance tune in store for the McLaren exotic.

Maybe somewhere close to 1,100 ponies, perhaps?

We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but holy mackerel, wouldn’t that be just sick?!

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2014 McLaren P1 "Night Glow" By German Special Customs

2014 McLaren P1 "Night Glow" By German Special Customs

It’s not always a good thing to let your mind run completely wild, but every now and again a good things do happen when you let go for a bit. And this McLaren P1 by German Special Customs is one of those times when it may have been better to just ignore those little voices in your head. This thing — that’s about all we can classify it as — is among the first tuning kits offered for the P1, and we can only hope that future ones will look better.

What’s interesting about this new "Night Glow" package is that GSC managed to increase the 3.8-liter engine’s output to more than 1,000 horsepower, representing an increase of more than 100 horses over the base version.

In order to obtain this increase, GSC installed a new exhaust system with two round 100 mm (3.9-inch) exhaust tips, which were inspired by the driving engine of a fighter jet.

So far so good, but this is where things start to fall apart for this tuned P1.

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2015 McLaren P1 XP2R

2015 McLaren P1 XP2R

Should we be surprised about McLaren’s decision to offer a more powerful version for its new P1 supercar? We certainly aren’t. Ever since the McLaren revealed the P1, it has been touting an upgraded hybrid system will deliver more than it does in the base version.

Today, our spy photographers caught a very strange P1 prototype testing at Nϋrburgring that It wears "XP2R" lettering and it was marked as a prototype vehicle. Obviously, this is no ordinary P1. Could it be a spiritual successor for the McLaren F1 LM?

We know very few details on the new P1 XP2R version, but rumbling in the industry indicates that it will deliver more power than the current P1. This current P1uses a hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with an electric motor for a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

If this prototype becomes a reality, you can bet that McLaren will build the X2PR in limited numbers. We’ll get back with more details on this special XP2R as soon as we have them. Stay tuned!

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2014 McLaren P1

2014 McLaren P1

McLaren P1 unveil at the Paris Motor Show 2012
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"It is engineering design led. Yet it is a striking and handsome car. The P1 reflects McLaren’s core values. It celebrates aerodynamics, great packaging and light weight. It is all about innovative technology. At the very beginning, we sought to develop a car that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it. Maximum speed was never a priority. It’s much more technically challenging, and more meaningful, to (...)

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