McLaren officially announces P1 GTR, the track-only version of P1 priced at £1.98 million

Article by Christian A., on June 13, 2014

As we told you, McLaren will build a track-focused version of the P1 hypercar and the car was officially confirmed last week. Today, McLaren announced that the track-only edition of the P1 will be called McLaren P1 GTR. Of course, this is not an ordinary name, as the new P1 GTR pays homage to the iconic McLaren F1 GTR, 20 years on from victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The new McLaren P1 GTR will offer even great levels of performance than its road version and an impressive power output of 1,000 hp. In addition, the P1 GTR will feature a widened track, a more aggressive styling as well as slick tyres. Pricing will be impressive too, as McLaren will ask 1.98 million pounds ($3.35 million or 2.48 million euros) for a P1 GTR.

For this amount of money, McLaren will include a tailored programme created for each customer to build driver capability. What’s more interesting that McLaren will also include exclusive consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team and Design Director Frank Stephenson, privileged access to one of the McLaren racing simulators, and participation in a minimum of six dedicated international drive events to be held at some of the world’s most iconic Formula 1 circuits.

McLaren didn’t reveal how many P1 GTRs will be build but we do know that only Mclaren P1 owners will have access to them. This means that McLaren will select the P1 GTR owners from the 375 people who bought the P1.

For those who don’t know, the “standard” Mclaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque, as well as by an electric motor that delivers 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

With a total output of 916 hp, the McLaren P1 accelerates 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 no more than 17 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited at 350 km/h or 217 mph.

The goal for the new McLaren P1 has never been clearer – to become the best driver's car in the world both on road and track. To achieve this, McLaren is bringing out its experience and success in the world of motorsports – all 50 years of them – especially when it comes to lightweight carbon fiber technology and aerodynamics. This gave birth to a new car that offers more than a generous amount downforce for the road, at levels at par to that of GT3 racing car but with greater ground effect. Such amount of downforce doesn’t only help in the car’s cornering and braking performance, but also allows it to achieve greater degrees of balance, stability and drivability at any speed.

Ron Dennis, McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman, noted that the carmaker introduced the carbon fiber chassis to Formula One in 1981 through the MP4/1, adding that the company had the first road car with a carbon body. He remarked that McLaren has been ahead of vehicle aerodynamics, the carmaker employed all its experience in this field in the new McLaren P1. He added that around 20 years ago, the McLaren F1 allowed them to raise the supercar performance bar. Now, the McLaren P1 allows them to redefine what a supercar can do.

Unveiled in production form at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren P1 boasts of superb straight-line performance as well as instant throttle response. This was achieved by making use of a groundbreaking IPAS petrol-electric powertrain. This powertrain – known as M838TQ – employs a heavily tweaked 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, as coupled to a single electric motor, resulting to total system output of 916 PS (903 hp). Since the electric motor could provide instant torque, the IPAS powertrain has proven to be very responsive and efficient, emitting less than 200 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Furthermore, IPAS allows the P1 to travel more than 10 km in electric-only mode.

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