Out in Nürburg, Germany, McLaren Automotive has been caught testing the McLaren P1. It is no secret that McLaren aims to set record times with their P1 on tracks around the world, the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife among one of the most important ones. The particular McLaren P1 caught carried the “XP2R” name tag and Chris Goodwin, McLaren’s chief test driver, was seen behind the wheel.
The P1 XP2R’s name has a meaning. McLaren’s way of identifying “experimental prototypes” would be be abbreviated by the company as “XP” while the “2” could symbolize that this vehicle is the second test vehicle of it’s kind. Although the meaning of the “R” is not certain, although McLaren is known to test and improve their vehicles both before and after the launch. See the McLaren 12C as perfect example. The ‘R’ could also hint at a prototype used to set a record on the ‘Green Hell’. We deem it highly unlikely that the XP2R represents a test mule for a special edition or more powerful version of the P1 at this point. But what do our readers think?