Lanzante Motosport is taking advantage of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase its latest conversion project – the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante. Allegedly commissioned by a rich client from the Middle East, the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante is essentially a McLaren P1 GTR converted into a Longtail, easily capturing the attention of visitors at Goodwood.
Doing a project based from a McLaren P1 GTR isn't something new to Lanzante. After all, the British racing had been converting the track-only P1 GTR for use on the road. Lanzante also had six P1 GTR units converted to become road-legal P1 LM versions. Five of these P1 LM units were sold while the sixth example was retained as the XP1 LM to be used for development and testing. Interestingly, the XP1 LM managed to set the fastest ever time for a road car on the Goodwood hillclimb of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, completing the 1.86-km course at just 47.07 seconds.
Now, another P1 GTR is making waves at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but this time it has been converted into a longtail – the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante. Prior to the event, Lanzante had been teasing us with the P1 GT conversion. The teases proved to be worth paying attention to, as the P1 GT revealed at Goodwood is spectacularly impressive.
The McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante is essentially paying tribute to the legendary McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. The F1 GTR Longtail was a racing version of the McLaren F1 sports car that was built in 1995 to be fielded in grand touring style races like the FIA GT Championship and British GT Championship. It earned its legendary status in 1995 when it achieved overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, dominating even against faster purpose-built prototypes. Interestingly, this F1 GTR Longtail was raced by Lanzante Motorsport. Not only that, four other F1 GTR Longtails grabbed third, fourth, fifth and 13th places at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Wrapped in a finish similar to XP Green coat of original F1 GT Longtail prototype, the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante boast of certain modifications, like a revised front end with a larger splitter than the standard GTR. The canards have been removed while vented fenders were added. To convert the P1 GTR to the P1 GT, Lanzante extended the rear section, although it isn't quite as long as that of the F1 GTR Longtail. Lanzante also got rid of the complex hydraulically actuated rear wing and instead bolted massive fixed rear wing. Moreover, the company installed a tweaked lower diffuser with quad exhaust outlets.
Lanzante is silent on the powertrain of the P1 GT conversion. It is possible that the Longtail project still features the stock 3.8-liter biturbo V8 engine -- with hybrid assistance – of the P1 GTR, which around 986 hp (735.5 kW) is available to be used. However, it is also possible that the powertrain was re-tuned to deliver more than 1,000 hp of mind-boggling output.