Today marked the start of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with GTspirit spending the festival’s opening getting familiar with some of the newest machinery from the world’s supercar manufacturers.
This year at Goodwood, McLaren is celebrating the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s 1976 Formula 1 world title with a special-edition P1 GTR named after the storied racing driver.
The car is painted matte black with red, white and blue paint elements scattered about, a scheme inspired by that of Hunt’s helmet. The special-edition P1 is also adorned with ‘11’ on each door, which was Hunt’s racing number throughout his six-year F1 career.
Apart from the paint scheme, the P1 GTR James Hunt Edition remains mechanically identical to a standard P1 GTR. It’s powered by a 987 horsepower hybrid powertrain that consists of a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Bruno Senna, son of legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna and a former F1 driver himself, will pilot the P1 GTR up the hillclimb at Goodwood this weekend.