Two months ago, we reported that McLaren Automotive was going to resurrect the GTR nameplate for its P1 model. The "GTR" name had last been attached to the most iconic McLaren of all time, when the F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. And then a few weeks ago, the British carmaker released an artist's rendition of the promised concept race car.
So, here is the car now: the McLaren P1 GTR, shown from five drop-your-jaw angles.
Unveiled at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the P1 GTR, according to McLaren, "wears a livery that harks back to the original McLaren to wear the GTR badge. During the rigorous testing program for the F1 GTR, the test car, chassis number 01R, originally wore a distinctive orange-and-silver livery. This color scheme has been reinterpreted for the model, with the number 01 signifying the original chassis number."
McLaren explained the main goal for this car: "With no need to meet the legislations for road legality, the 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 P1 GTR will also feature race-proven slick tires; 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."
No performance numbers were provided, nor was it revealed whether there were tweaks done to the standard P1's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. But McLaren shared these modifications made on the P1 GTR:
* The front track has been increased by 80mm and coupled with a more aggressive GT-style front splitter;
* The bodywork is "shrink-wrapped" around the carbon-fiber MonoCage chassis behind the front wheels;
* An additional aerodynamic blade is located behind the wheel arch to clean the air from the front tires;
* The race-prepped suspension features a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car;
* The wing mirrors have been repositioned on the A-pillars;
* A set of lightweight 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels are shod in 10.5-inch-wide Pirelli tires at the front and 13-inch-wide rubber at the rear;
* At the back, a large, twin-element wing is mounted on carbon-fiber pylons that extend around the rear of the bodywork;
* While the regular P1 stows the rear wing within the bodywork, the bodywork of the P1 GTR 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--an all-new design developed exclusively for the P1 GTR, and made from Inconel and titanium alloy;
* The design of the exhaust has been changed, with a straight-cut twin-pipe setup now used in place of the single-exit exhaust; and
* A large carbon-fiber diffuser dominates the lower half of the rear of the car.
Now, here is an equally important announcement: McLaren has launched, together with the car, its P1 GTR driver program, described as "the ultra-exclusive ownership program that 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 P1 GTR. The program will be completely bespoke, with each individual having a fully tailored experience."
In other words, McLaren is making sure that all the lucky bastards who will get to own this car when it becomes officially available, will really know what they're doing. Because it's easy to kiss the wall in these cars if you are not properly equipped with the right skills to operate them. Interested?