McLaren P1 GTR enters intial testing phase

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 6, 2014

McLaren P1 GTR design concept was unveiled back in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but the British company will bring the new vehicle also in Europe at the Chantilly Art & Elegance concours. In addition, McLaren also revealed the first photos that show the vehicle in race track design camouflage as the initial testing phase begun.

For those who don’t know, McLaren’s P1 GTR will be available only to customers who bought the street version and will cost a hefty 1.90 million pounds ($3.35 million or 2.48 million euros). In addition, the vehicle features a widened track, new styling and slick tires, as it can be driven only on the race track.

Under the hood, there is the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine found on the standard version, delivering 1,000 hp. The McLaren P1’s engine delivers 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque, but the vehicle also carries an electric motor that generates 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 916 hp and the vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in under 17 seconds.

Top speed is electronically limited at 350 km/h or 217 mph. According to McLaren, the testing of P1 GT1 will continue over the winter months and the next stage of development will be optimizing the aerodynamic performances.

As you can see from the photos, the P1 GTR comes with a more aggressive GT-style front splitter, active aerodynamic flaps, a new aerodynamic blade located behind the wheelarch designed to clean the air from the tires and a new side panel at the rear in order to bring air into the high temperature radiator.

Moreover, the vehicle features a snorkel air intake inspired by the one found on the McLaren F1 GTR, wing mirrors positioned on the A pillars, as well as a big rear wing featuring a Drag Reduction System (DRS). The 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels are fitted with quick-release center locking nuts.

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