McLaren P1 GTR: first official rendering revealed

Article by Christian A., on July 25, 2014

Last month, McLaren officially announced the track-focused P1 GTR. Paying homage to the legendary McLaren F1 GTR, the new P1 GTR will be even more powerful than the standard version and carry a price tag of 1.90 million pounds ($3.35 million or 2.48 million euros).

Today, the first sketch with the new P1 GTR emerged on the Web thanks to a McLaren dealership located in Florida. As you can see, the new P1 GTR comes with an enormous rear wing, a new exhaust system located above the air diffuser but also widened sides in order to make room for wider tires.

McLaren told us that the P1 GTR will feature a widened track, a more aggressive styling but also slick tires. The standard McLaren P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 737 hp and 720 Nm of torque, but also by an electric motor generating 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

With a total output of 916 hp, it can sprint 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.

New McLaren P1 GTR will deliver a maximum output of over 1,000 hp, which means it will be faster than the road-legal version.

Following the introduction of the Design Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last summer, McLaren has completed the extensive and intense global tests for the new McLaren P1 GTR. The tests have paved the way for the British carmaker to make a number of enhancements to the original design, thereby optimizing its aerodynamic performance and cooling.

Compared to the road-going McLaren P1, the P1 GTR sits 50 mm lower to the ground and features a wider front track (plus 80 mm), an aggressive front splitter and a center-locking 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli slick tires. Its lower bodywork sports a sleek aerodynamic blade just like on the design concept.

Although the P1 GTR retained the 3.22-mm thick lightweight windscreen from the P1 road car, its side windows are now made from motorsport-spec polycarbonate. The driver’s side features a sliding 'ticket window'. The roof now features carbon fiber panels instead of glass panels, thereby giving the cabin a more enclosed setting. The engine bay cover is now also made from carbon fiber. All of these materials help cut weight on the P1 GTR, making it around 50 kg lighter than the P1.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the P1 GTR is distinguished from that of the P1 by a fixed-height wing sitting over 400 mm above the rear bodywork – ore more than 100 mm higher than the adjustable wing on the road-going car.

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