The McLaren P1 GTR doesn’t officially arrive for another year or so, but after the announcement in August and a first look this month, those with the disposable income are going to be chomping at the bit.
The track only-behemoth’s V8+electric IPAS powertrain makes a combined 986 hp in GTR trim—an 82-hp leap over the road car. The lucky few owners who get in on the action will be part of a Ferrari FXX-style program run entirely out of Woking. McLaren will manage and maintain the cars, organize all the track events, and provide a comprehensive driver training regimen, including access to McLaren’s own race simulator.
Freed of road-car constraints, the P1 GTR stakes a claim to be the ultimate circuit-only hypercar. Its front track is 80mm (3.1 in.) wider than the street version, it has a lower, fixed ride height, and a host of aerodynamic changes to better channel airflow into and around the car. Observant car wonks will notice the like the relocated rearview mirrors, new front splitter and large vertical blades aft of the front wheels and ahead of the rears. Speaking of the wheels, they’re 19-inch center-locks wrapped in Pirelli slicks developed specifically for the GTR. An on-board air-jack system makes changing them easier.
Complementing the new rear wing, and equally functional in nature, is a wild-looking new rear diffuser. The cherry on top of the proverbial supercar sundae is the P1 GTR’s new, custom Ionel/titanium exhaust, a free-flowing unit that ends in huge, center-mounted, double-barrel shotgun tips that extend out of the rear bodywork. McLaren says it sounds the business, too. Since the GTR’s a track car, the ornamental mesh rear-end covers from the road car are gone. The view into the beast is now fully unobstructed. So then, if you’ve got a few mil to burn and want the best, including an actual F1 steering wheel, your dreams have been set for you.