McLaren will unveil the P1 GTR at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Article by Christian A., on July 25, 2014

Earlier today, we revealed you the first official rendering of the track-focused McLaren P1 GTR released by a dealer located in the United States. Now, McLaren officially released the rendering with its upcoming vehicle and announced that it will unveil it next month at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The P1 GTR is a rival to the upcoming LaFerrari XX and was conceived in response to requests from buyers of the road legal McLaren P1 for a track focused version of their car.

Set to go into production in June 2015 when the 375th and final example of the road car has been built and two decades from the 24 Hours of Le Mans win by the iconic McLaren F1 GTR, the new P1 GTR was designed and developed using five decades of race-winning knowledge.

According to the official press release, the P1 GTR design concept will be unveiled during an exclusive preview at the McLaren Brand Centre on the 18th Fairway at the Pebble Beach Lodge at 18.00 EST on Friday 15 August (02.00 BST Saturday 16 August). Still, people will be able to see it on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn over the course of the weekend.

What we do know until now about the McLaren P1 GTR is that it will feature a widened track, more aggressive styling and slick tires, but it will also be more powerful than the road legal version.

We expect it to use the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 737 hp and 720 Nm pf torque on the standard version, as well as the electric motor delivering 179 hp and 260 Nm of torque.

For those who don’t know, the standard P1 delivers a total output of 916 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 2 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 7 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in under 17 seconds, while top speed is 350 km/h or 217 mph.

McLaren didn’t reveal how many P1 GTR will leave their factory, but we do know that each will carry a price tag of 1.98 million pounds ($3.35 million or 2.48 million euros).

McLaren has finally completed its extensive and intense testing schedule for McLaren P1 GTR – global assessment that commenced after the British carmaker unveiled Design Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last summer. The tests allowed McLaren to further enhance the original design of the P1 GTR, thereby optimizing aerodynamic performance and cooling.

New McLaren P1 GTR features an aggressively profiled front splitter, center-locking 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels as well as Pirelli slick tires. Compared to the P1 road car, the P1 GTR track-only model features a wider front track (plus 80 mm) and lower ground clearance (by 50 mm). A sleek aerodynamic blade that helps smooth airflow along the flanks can be found on the lower bodywork.

The 3.2-mm thick lightweight windscreen from P1 road car has been adopted on the new P1 GTR, while the side windows – a sliding ticket window for the driver’s side -- are made from motorsport-spec polycarbonate. Just like the engine bay cover, the roof panels are now made from carbon fiber instead of the chemically toughened glass panels. These measures allowed the new P1 GTR to be around 50kg lighter than the P1 road car.

On the rear, the P1 GTR features a fixed-height wing that sits over 400 mm above the sculpted rear bodywork, or around 100 mm higher than the adjustable rear wing on the P1 road car. This fixed-height rear wing -- mounted on lightweight carbon fiber pylon -- supports works in conjunction with the front-mounted aerodynamic flaps to increase downforce by more than 10 percent, allowing the P1 GTR to generate up to 660 kg of downforce at 150 mph.

This rear wing still features the P1’s DRS (Drag Reduction System) that reduces the pitch from 32 degrees to zero degree with the single press of a button on the steering wheel. The new P1 GTR is fitted with large twin exhaust pipes made from an Inconel and titanium alloy, allowing this system to be over 6.5 kg lighter than the one installed on P1 road-going system.

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