McLaren Automotive is set to release a track-only version of its high-powered P1 supercar. By cranking up the horsepower to 986 hp (735 kw) and bestowing it with the iconic badge made famous by the McLaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans almost two decades ago, McLaren says the new P1 GTR will be "designed and developed as the best drivers’ car in the world on the track."

Whilst the original road-going P1 is no slouch, with sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a neck-snapping 2.8 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), it does so with 903 hp (673 kw). Though no performance figures for the new P1 GTR have been released, with 986 hp (735 kw) at its disposal, plus the promise of enhanced aerodynamics, greater down-force and a broadened track, and neither road regulations or limiters to hold it back, the McLaren P1 GTR promises to be one formidable vehicle.

Following the completion of the 375th and final P1 road car, production will begin on the limited-run P1 GTR. According to McLaren, the decision to produce this track-only variant is in reply to demand by McLaren P1 owners who sought a more race-oriented P1.

Whilst the original road-going P1 is no slouch, the GTR version will make close to 1000 hp

Priced at £1.98m ($US3.35m) the McLaren P1 GTR program will include exclusive consultation with the McLaren driver fitness team and McLaren’s Design Director Frank Stephenson, as well as privileged right to use to a McLaren racing simulator, and the opportunity to partake in a minimum of six dedicated international drive events to be staged at various Formula 1 circuits around the world.

Exact manufacturing figures are yet to be determined but, according to McLaren, the numbers will be very limited. No release date has been announced.

Source: McLaren

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