Track-Only McLaren P1 GTR Debuts at Pebble Beach

#McLaren

McLaren Automotive officially unveiled the track-only version of its P1 hybrid supercar. Power for the McLaren P1 GTR hybrid supercar gets bumped to 986 hp; up from the street car’s paltry 903 hp. Other performance bits include a track-focused suspension and aerodynamics as well as weight reduction.

Track-only updates for the McLaren P1 GTR concept include a recalibrated drivetrain with an ERS-style push-to-pass system, dramatic bodywork with a large fixed wing, a fixed ride height, and racing slicks.

Aerodynamic updates include an 80-mm wider front track with flared wheel arches, a more aggressive GT-style front splitter and radiator ducts redesigned for better cooling. The active aerodynamic flaps from the street car remain. McLaren says the bodywork has been “shrink-wrapped” aft of the front wheels to channel air from around the wheel wells. An aerodynamic blade has been added along the bottom edge of the doors and the front of the rear wheels “to clean up” air from the front tires and improve airflow under the rear of the car as well as channel air into the radiator.

Around back, the McLaren P1 GTR gains a large fixed carbon fiber wing with uprights mounted to the back of the rear panel. A hydraulically operated Drag Reduction System (DRS) adjusts the angle of the rear wing to boost performance or downforce. With the absences of the street car’s height adjustable rear wing and associated hardware, the rear bodywork aft of the engine compartment has also been massaged for better airflow.

Other changes include repositioned side mirrors for better visibility and reduced drag. Extended channels on the trailing edge of the door direct more cooling air into the engine bay. A large rear carbon fiber diffuser helps smooth out the air below the car.

The redesigned centrally mounted exhaust is made from Inconel and titanium alloy and is said to “further emphasize” the 3.8-liter twin turbo V-8’s sound. With its fixed ride height, the McLaren P1 GTR concept sits lower than the standard P1’s adjustable suspension. The race suspension hunkers down over a set of lightweight center-locking wheels measuring 19 x 10.5 inches up front and 19 x 13 inches in back and wrapped by a set of Pirelli racing slicks. An onboard air jacking system simplifies tire changes.

The exterior is finished in an orange and silver livery with the number 01, which harks back to the original McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Included with the McLaren P1 GTR is a bespoke driver program custom tailored to the individual owner to drive the car at its potential. The program includes driver training, human performance, and the McLaren racing simulator as well as the full support and resources including a support team from the McLaren Technology Center.

Peter Parker
First Mclaren P1, then S650 and now the track focused P1 GTR, it seems McLaren is in a hurry. http://www.worldofautomobile.com/2016-mclaren-p1-gtr-car-preview/

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price

subscribe

new cars

Read Related Articles

TO TOP