As energy builds ahead of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race, McLaren announced it will resurrect its historic GTR nameplate for its track-only McLaren P1. The news surfaces 20 years after the McLaren F1 GTR finished first at the Le Mans. As expected, the McLaren P1 GTR will be faster, grippier, more aerodynamic, and more aggressive looking than the standard car. We shudder just thinking about it.
Free to ignore irksome production car regulations, the British supercar manufacturer will endow the McLaren P1 GTR with even more mind-bending performance than legally permissible on public roads. Horsepower will grow from the standard 903 in the road-going McLaren P1 (pictured) to a mind-bending 986, although McLaren is not saying just yet how the extra muscle is achieved. Most likely, however, it will be thanks to a race-tuned version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 and plug-in hybrid powertrain we know and spend sleepless nights lusting after.
Slick racing tires are of course part of the formula for the improved performance in the McLaren P1 GTR, along with a widened track, and aerodynamics improvements that give the body even greater downforce. Given how race-ready the McLaren P1 felt, the McLaren P1 GTR should be the cherry on top of an already potent track monster.
McLaren claims that it was P1 owners themselves who voiced the most demand for the track-only GTR. It follows then, that the P1 GTR will be built in limited volume, exclusively for P1 owners. Because all 375 McLaren P1 supercars are already spoken for (at $1,150,000 a pop), you’ll have saddle up with an existing P1 owner to find your way into the GTR’s undoubtedly menacing cockpit. Good luck though, as each GTR customer will have forked over $3,360,000 (£1.98 million) — they might want to hog it for themselves.
The McLaren P1 GTR keys come with exclusive driver instruction from McLaren’s driver fitness team and design director Frank Stephenson, access to a McLaren racing simulator to take a few extra risks without killing yourself, and an invitation to participate in at least six international drive events at Formula 1 circuits. If you’ve got the cheddar and you fancy yourself a race car driver, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any flaw in that deal.
Precise production numbers for the GTR are still unavailable, as it depends on how many P1 owners want to upgrade, but we can tell you that production of the track car will begin once the final 375th McLaren P1 road car is completed.