The McLaren P1 GTR is the fastest version of the P1 hypercar, but you can’t drive it on the road, making its use extremely limited – even for those with consistent access to a racetrack.
For those that want to take their P1 GTR on the road, McLaren has introduced the P1 LM at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car was prepared by Lanzante, the same company that took the McLaren F1 GTR to a Le Mans win in 1995, and will be delivered by McLaren’s Special Operations division.
In creating the P1 LM, Lanzante stripped 60 kg of weight from the P1 GTR by removing the vehicle’s air jack, replacing the glass windows with plastic and using lightweight seats. A modified rear wing and larger front splitter also add 40 percent more downforce to the equation.
The powertrain remains unchanged, with McLaren’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor producing a joint output of 987 horsepower. Similar to the F1, gold foil lines the engine bay in order to reflect heat away from important components.
Inside, the biggest change over the P1 GTR is the new Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel, which borrows its design from the wheel of the McLaren MP4/23 that Lewis Hamilton drove to the Formula 1 world title in 2008. Air conditioning is also standard – a nice touch for a seven-figure supercar.
Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack will pilot the P1 LM up the hill at Goodwood this weekend. A total of five examples will be made, the grey prototype pictured here and four painted in McLaren’s signature orange hue.