McLaren P1 GTR

Six months after being revealed in concept form, the production-spec 2015 McLaren P1 GTR has been officially revealed before next month’s Geneva Motor Show 2015. As we already knew, the McLaren P1 GTR is the track-only variant of the P1 hybrid hypercar and will debut alongside the McLaren 675LT at the impending auto show.

The most dramatic change of the initial McLaren P1 GTR show car set to be displayed at Geneva compared to the concept is its livery. The new livery pays homage to the chassis #06R McLaren F1 GTR and will be one of a selection of finishes available to P1 GTR customers. Another small aerodynamic modification is the implementation of two new canards on either side of the front bumper while the wing mirrors have also been reshaped.

Elsewhere, the design of the completed McLaren P1 GTR remains essentially identical to the Design Concept from last year’s Pebble Beach. As such, the front track has been increased by 80 mm and has been completed with an aggressive front splitter even more pronounced than the road cars. Reprofiled low temperature radiator ducts seamlessly flow into the leading edge of the aggressively flared front wheel arches while the active aerodynamic flaps from the ‘normal’ P1 have been maintained.

Additionally, new race-prepared suspension has been fitted providing a fixed ride height which is lower than the standard car. The wing mirrors have been repositioned onto the A pillars to put them closer to the eye of the driver and reduce aerodynamic drag. Meanwhile, the trailing edge of the door-mounted radiator channels have been extended to draw more air down through the cavity within the door, and into the engine to aid cooling.

McLaren P1 GTR

At the rear is arguably the most eye-catching update of the McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept. It is a massive twin-element wing mounted on large carbon fibre uprights. The wing features a Drag Reduction System (DRS) to boost performance and has also been honed to provide extra downforce compared to the road car. Elsewhere, a brand new exhaust system is featured made from Inconel and titanium alloy. The extensive aerodynamic modifications result in 660 kg of downforce being generated at 241 km/h (150 mph) which is a 10 per cent jump over the road-going P1.

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Modifications have also been made to the engine of the McLaren P1 to create the P1 GTR. Typically the P1’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine and electric motor make 903 hp combined. That has been increased to 986 hp (1000 PS) for the McLaren P1 GTR however.

McLaren P1 GTR

Alongside the launch of the completed McLaren P1 GTR, the British marque has announced the first locations for the McLaren P1 Driver Programme. Initially, drivers will attend a test session at the Silverstone circuit in the U.K with the first track-day to be held at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. These track events will be held after the individual driver profiling sessions at the McLaren Technology Centre. This is where drivers will have their seats fitted, a Human Performance Centre assessment as well as the owner’s final decision on livery and an experience in the advanced McLaren P1 GTR simulator.

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