Street-legal McLaren P1 GTR on sale for 6.34 million euros

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 3, 2015

A car dealership that markets mainly exotic vehicles in Italy is claiming that it is selling a road legal McLaren P1 GTR. The price is said to be set at 6.34 million euros which already includes the 22% VAT. This offering garnered more interest with reports saying that this version was made by none other than Lanzante.

If proven to be true, this would be the first time a P1 GTR is being sold by someone other than McLaren. However even if true, many are saying that it may not be comparable to the actual McLaren P1 GTR.

For those who are familiar, the Design Concept was first shown to the public last summer during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. After that, the P1 GTR underwent rigorous and extensive testing around the world. As such, it is expected that the actual car would have a better cooling system and an optimized aerodynamic performance as the result of different enhancements.

One such improvement is that its front track has a more profiled front splitter and is wider compared to the McLaren P1 by 80mm. It is also lower by 50mm and is held by the motorsport 19-inch center-locking alloy wheels covered with its Pirelli tires.

As seen from the design concept, the body was not only lowered but has also been trimmed and now has a smooth aerodynamic blade which can help clean the air flowing on its flanks. While the windscreen remains to be light and still 3.2mm thick, the side windows have been enhanced.

It is now made of polycarbonate that meets the specification set by the motorsport. Additionally, the side window on the side of the driver now has a sliding ‘ticket window.’ In previous models, the roof had glass panels that had been chemically treated but this time it only has carbon-fibre panels.

This gives the whole cabin a more enclosed feel. The cover for the engine bay also utilizes the same carbon fiber material. Because of all these improvements, the P1 GTR, which is made specifically for use only on the track, is 50kg lighter than the current model.

Further, compared to the P1, the rear portion of the P1 GTR has a wing with a fixed height that is placed 400mm over the body. This gives it an excess of 100mm compared to the adjustable wing of the McLaren P1.

Aside from the wing on the rear, the P1 GTR also has flaps that have been made more aerodynamic and that have been placed on the front part just ahead of its front wheels. Thus with the front flaps, the rear wing increases the level of the downforce by around 10%.

This translates to an increase of up to 660kg when running at 150 mph. Additionally with the wings being attached to pylons supports, the P1 GTR manages to maintain the Drag Reduction System similar to that of the P1. With just the push of a button placed on its steering wheel, the pitch is cut from 32° to 0°.

It also helps that the pylon supports are made of light weight carbon fiber. Rounding up all the additional features are the twin exhaust pipes. Being composed of titanium alloy and Inconel, they manage to reduce the weight of the P1 GTR by more than 6.5kg compared to the road version that is the P1. The modifications were not limited to the exterior but include those under the hood.

The McLaren P1 GTR for example manages to effortlessly combine the improved and light electric motor with the twin-turbo V8 3.8-litre petrol engine. The V8 engine can provide power of 800PS (789bhp) while the electric motor gives 200PS (197bhp), resulting in total output of 1,000PS.

Furthermore since the P1 GTR is made to run on the track, its powertrain was modified to ensure optimum performance. Some of the important components have also been switched in order to make it more apt for the track where it needs to be able to withstand high speed running.

Another improvement is on eliminating some of the features of the McLaren P1 that made it better to run on roads resulting in its weight being reduced.

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