McLaren P1 GTR design concept shown at 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 16, 2014

As expected, McLaren officially introduced at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the design concept of the P1 GTR. The new vehicle will be the successor of the iconic McLaren F1 GTR, which began testing 20 years ago in order to get ready for the 1995 GT season. Produced by McLaren Special Operations, the P1 GTR is a track-only vehicle and doesn’t need to meet the legislations in order to become road legal.

As a result, McLaren’s P1 GTR will be fitted with slick tires, a fixed ride height, a fixed rear wing as well as an ERS-style push-to-pass system. As you can see from the photos, the new vehicle is based on the McLaren P1 road car but suffered big changes such as an increased front track (+80 mm), a more aggressive GT-style front splitter, reprofiled low temperature radiator ducts and active aerodynamic flaps.

There is an additional aerodynamic blade located behind the wheelarch that cleans the air from the front tires. An additional side panel at the rear brings air into the high temperature radiator and improves the aerodynamic performance of the rear floor.

As we said, the P1 GTR comes with a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car. The snorkel air intake is inspired by the design of the McLaren F1 GTR and it is present on the P1 GTR too.

Moreover, the wing mirrors are now positioned on the A pillars for better visibility and for reducing the aerodynamic drag, while the trailing edge of the door-mounted radiator channels are now extended to draw more air. From the side we see the lightweight 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels (10-5 inches wide at the front and 13-inches at the rear) featuring quick-release centre locking nuts.

Just like the McLaren 650S GT3 race car, the P1 GTR comes with an onboard air jacking system. The rear end is dominated by the big rear wing fitted with a hydraulically operated Drag Reduction System (DRS).

Below the wing there is a new exhaust made from iconel and titanium alloy, showing a new twin pipe setup. A large carbon fiber rear air diffuser works in tandem with the rear wing in order to keep the vehicle to the ground. Under the hood, there is a motorsport-optimised 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine as well as a lightweight electric motor that deliver a total output of to 1,000 hp.

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