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McLaren draws on the past to launch a new P1 GTR

McLaren draws on the past to l...
McLaren's P1 GTR is set for a Geneva debut next month
McLaren's P1 GTR is set for a Geneva debut next month
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The GTR's powertrain produces almost 1,000 hp
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The GTR's powertrain produces almost 1,000 hp
That massive rear wing sits 40 cm clear of the rear bodywork
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That massive rear wing sits 40 cm clear of the rear bodywork
The livery McLaren has chosen for the GTR's launch harks back to the legendary F1 GTR
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The livery McLaren has chosen for the GTR's launch harks back to the legendary F1 GTR
At the rear, the GTR's exhaust system is lighter than that on a standard P1
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At the rear, the GTR's exhaust system is lighter than that on a standard P1
McLaren is keen to highlight the P1's connection with the legendary McLaren F1
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McLaren is keen to highlight the P1's connection with the legendary McLaren F1
The P1's V8 hybrid powertrain is even more powerful than the system in the standard P1
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The P1's V8 hybrid powertrain is even more powerful than the system in the standard P1
The McLaren F1 GTR
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The McLaren F1 GTR
The McLaren F1 GTR finished on the podium in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours
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The McLaren F1 GTR finished on the podium in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours
The GTRs are both for circuit driving only
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The GTRs are both for circuit driving only
Inside, the P1's cabin has lost all concessions to road-going comfort
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Inside, the P1's cabin has lost all concessions to road-going comfort
The F1 GTR's paintjob transfers well to the new P1's shrink-wrapped bodywork
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The F1 GTR's paintjob transfers well to the new P1's shrink-wrapped bodywork
The P1's styling has been made even more dramatic in the transition to limited-run GTR
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The P1's styling has been made even more dramatic in the transition to limited-run GTR
McLaren is using Geneva to launch the GTR
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McLaren is using Geneva to launch the GTR
The car's aerodynamics package produces up to 660 kg of downforce at 150 mph
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The car's aerodynamics package produces up to 660 kg of downforce at 150 mph
GTR owners will be able to work with a dedicated team to tailor their car to what they want
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GTR owners will be able to work with a dedicated team to tailor their car to what they want
The front splitter is huge, contributing to increased downforce over a standard P1
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The front splitter is huge, contributing to increased downforce over a standard P1
McLaren's P1 GTR is set for a Geneva debut next month
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McLaren's P1 GTR is set for a Geneva debut next month

McLaren has drawn on its illustrious past to launch one of its most exciting cars for the future. A production-ready P1 GTR will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, finished in the same color scheme that adorned its famous namesake, the F1 GTR. The P1 GTR is a fully stripped out, tuned up, track-only version of the McLaren's insane hybrid P1 hypercar, designed to showcase just how far Woking's finest engineers can push the performance envelope.

For those who haven't been following the P1 GTR's gestation, McLaren displayed a "design study" at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance which gave most details away about the GTR's spec. Since then, the company has made a number of changes to the GTR's aerodynamics package that it claims will facilitate cooling and downforce, both of which are key when your car produces 986 hp (735 kW).

The car's aerodynamics package produces up to 660 kg of downforce at 150 mph
The car's aerodynamics package produces up to 660 kg of downforce at 150 mph

You read that right, just like the design study promised, the production GTR's 3.8-liter V8 petrol engine will produce 789 hp (588 kW), while its electric companion provides a supplementary 197 hp (148 kW) from standstill. As you'd expect of something this fast, the GTR can't be driven on the roads. Instead, owners will work with McLaren to create an individual driver program based on fitness tests, a special seat fitting and a personal consultation with McLaren's Design Director, Frank Stephenson to tailor the GTR's livery to each owner's preferences.

If it were us, we'd stick with the throwback paintjob that McLaren has chosen for the car's Geneva debut. The green and gold livery harks back to the F1 GTR that raced in 1995 and 1996 and achieved a podium at the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours, and looks absolutely fantastic on the P1 GTR's shrink wrapped carbon fiber bodywork.

The GTRs are both for circuit driving only
The GTRs are both for circuit driving only

That carbon fiber bodywork includes the car's massive rear wing, which sits 40 cm (16 in) clear of the rear body and contributes to the 660 kg (1,455 lb) of downforce the GTR's aero package makes at 150 mph (241 km/h), a significant increase over the downforce produced by the standard car's less aggressive package.

The P1 GTR will make its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show, where Gizmag will be on the ground to cover all the action. Owners will get to drive their cars for the first time at Circuit de Catalunya later this year.

Source: McLaren

3 comments
Daishi
I assume the "powered by BMW" logo on the side is a reference to the 3.8L engine? It sure looks like a fun toy though but I wouldn't be able to afford even renting one for an hour of fun.
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So beautiful
Billy600
The P1 looks smug - it looks like it's got a massive smile on its face, and with that much firepower it has every right to. Still, I think I'd rather have the F1 in my fantasy garage - nothing can replace the original hypercar. @Daishi - the "powered by BMW" is only on the F1 and refers to its 6.1L V12, that was supplied by BMW.