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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The McLaren P1 GTR design concept that was unveiled at 2014 Pebble Beach is wrapped in a livery that pays tribute to the first McLaren to bear the GTR badge. During the testing program for the McLaren F1 GTR, the test car with chassis #01R was wrapped in an orange-and-silver livery. McLaren reinterpreted this color scheme for the F1 GTR, ultimately giving the car the number 01 to signify the original chassis number. The F1 GTR went on to grab the overall win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning even against faster purpose-built prototypes.

Along with the design concept, the British carmaker launched the bespoke McLaren P1 GTR driver program, an ultra-exclusive ownership program that will include specialist driver training, human performance as well as access to the McLaren racing simulator. Through this simulator, drivers could mentally and physically prepare themselves to take full advantage of the abilities of the new P1 GTR. Since the program will be completely bespoke, each driver will have a personalized experience,

As launched, the McLaren P1 GTR driver program has the potential to be one of the most exclusive owners' clubs in the world, offering unmatched levels of ownership experience. It will be managed by McLaren Special Operations, which will also maintain and operate all cars. Aside from offering access to the McLaren P1 GTR, the program also allows unprecedented access to the technologies, resources as well as people at the McLaren Technology Centre.

Members will be provided with distinct and tailor-made experience, and will be fully immersed into McLaren. They will be given access to the resources and experiences that allowed McLaren to develop and train Formula 1 champions. For instance, program members will be working closely with a support team that includes professionals who have actual experience in the world of motor sport. These professionals are all experienced experts in their respective fields –race engineers, designers, test drivers and people from Human Performance Programme.

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