McLaren P1 GTR enters intial testing phase

Article by Christian A., 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.

The highly focused power of a Lamborghini has always been reflected in its elegant design, as its requirement for speed, performance and dynamics is conveyed in its lines and details. This power-focused elegant design is also the basis of the new Huracan LP 610-4.

Huracan’s nature as an elegant embodiment of power is well fitted into a package with a length of 4,459 mm, width of 1,924 mm and height of 1,165 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,620 mm. Its body features taut curves and sharp edges, as attained thanks to innovative technology involving works with geometric surfaces and with aluminum and carbon fiber materials. The hexagon – a distinctive basic form for Lamborghini – is present on the Huracan, especially on the front air intakes and their mesh inserts as well as in the intake openings for the engine. The hexagon is also present in the side windows and in the standard-fit Giano wheels.

The new Lamborghini Huracan features shark-like nose up front, as accentuated by two pleats that give the hood its elegant contour. The arrow-shaped front end is also marked by flat, angular LED headlamps, each featuring two Y-shaped contours as formed by light guides emitting the daytime running light. The headlamps offer outstanding road illumination while placing just a little stress on the eyes, thanks to the fact that the LED units deliver a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin, which is very close to that of daylight. Furthermore, these LED uses up energy efficiently and could last the lifetime of the Huracan.

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