This aggressive design concept, engineered without the limitation of road-car regulations, will test the boundaries of mass-produced vehicles in every way imaginable. The McLaren P1 GTR, displayed during last week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, previewed a nearly production-ready racer to be built, maintained, and run by the Special Operations branch of Britain’s McLaren Automotive. It will be made available exclusively to McLaren P1 owners in 2015, after the 375th and final car has been produced. Primarily because of the five factors listed below, this author sees the McLaren P1 GTS becoming the ultimate track focused race car of the future.
The GTR name alone brings back memories of the McLaren F1 GTR, which was never intended to be a race car, winning the 24-Hours of Le Mans in 1995. The F1 was the first car to be built around a carbon-fiber monocoque tub; a technology that now lies at the heart of nearly every record-setting supercar in the world. We expect the P1 GTR to gain an even higher level of achievement using more innovative performance, aerodynamic, and drag reduction technologies.
McLaren street and race cars have always been known to possess awesome power combined with practical drivability. The P1 GTR is unencumbered by the restrictions of street usage and its 986-horsepower rating is indicative of that. It uses a 3.8-liter V8 internal combustion engine and an electric motor to achieve a 0 to 60 mph time of 2.4-seconds with a top speed of 224 mph. Additionally, the GTR uses a Formula 1 style adaptive drag reduction system, a fixed height racing suspension, 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels, and a titanium alloy exhaust system.
Long before the P1 GTR was given “near production ready” status it was subjected to strenuous testing under some of the most grueling conditions on the planet. Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife Racway, which legendary race driver Jackie Stewart called “the green Hell”, was one of the extreme tests placed before the British racer. On a seventeen-and-a-half-mile course (that Formula 1 has declared too dangerous for competition) the engineering team at McLaren set out to do the impossible; break a lap time of under seven minutes (a time previously set by Formula 1 race cars). In order to break the sub-seven minute lap, the MLaren would have to be driven to the edge of its capabilities by a professional driver who was extremely familiar with this challenging course. See reason number five and the accompanying Youtube link for the results of this test. The P1 GTR was also tested in the excessive heat of California’s Death Valley and the shocking cold temperatures of the Artic circle. Check out the McLaren website for more.
Obtaining ownership of a 2016 McLaren P1 GTR is less of a purchase than it is adopting a new and more exciting way of life. It includes participation in exclusive driving events on some of the most iconic circuits in the world, with specialist vehicle support. McLaren racing simulators will be made available for owners with driver training from experts that have helped to develop and train Formula 1 champions. Exclusive consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team and Design Director Frank Stephenson are included, as well. The estimated selling price of $3.5-million will yield not only the most innovative race car of all time, but also unprecedented access to McLaren technologies, resources, and people.
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