McLaren P1 GTR Is On The Supercar List Of 2015

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The 2014 McLaren P1 debuted with its 3.8 liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a 903 horsepower.  McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special edition P1’s and now in 2015 the P1 GTR has been unveiled as a production ready concept car at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which means there will be more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program.  Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini, the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks.  Yes, this is definitely a rich man’s sport.

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While the road-legal P1 is already one of the most aerodynamic supercars available today, McLaren has managed to take it even further with the race-inspired body kit that dresses the GTR.  Changes begin up front, where a new bumper and huge splitter replace the standard pieces.  An additional aerodynamic blade is located behind the aggressively flared front wheel arches.  The revised side skirts continue with an additional side panel at the rear.  Other modifications include a lowered ride height, mirrors repositioned to the A pillars, and a set of lightweight, 19 inch alloy wheels.  The rollers are 10.5 inches wide at the front and 14 inches at the rear and secured with race-spec, quick release center locking nuts.

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The back of the P1 GTR is even better looking.  The pieces covering the rear fascia and the area between the central mounted exhaust and carbon fiber diffuser have been ditched altogether.  The rear internals are now exposed, emphasizing the vehicles aggressive race character.  The biggest addition is the fixed wing that extends to the full width of the P1 and is almost as high as the roofline.  Ultimately in the rear section is a new exhaust system – a straight-cut, twin-pipe setup.  The new exhaust system made exclusively for the P1 GTR, is made from inconel and titanium alloy.

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On the inside the P1 GTR has a carbon fiber MonoCage chassis, but many things have been removed to shave some weight off the vehicle.  The main highlight of the interior is the new, race=spec steering wheel.  This allows the driver to adjust the setup and characteristics of the P1 GTR without having to take his hands off the wheel.  The unit is also equipped with DRS and IPAS buttons, both of which can be operated with race gloves on.

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As far a performance is concerned, expect the P1 GTR to go from 0 to 60 mph in as low as 2.4 seconds, a 0.2 second improvement compared to the standard P1.  The top speed should remain unchanged at 217 mph.  McLaren says the P1 GTR benefits from a race prepped suspension with a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car.  Expect a revised a braking system to rein in the 986 horsepower throbbing under the hood.  Both grip and braking are enhanced by the supercar’s bespoke slick tires, specifically developed by McLaren’s racing division and Pirelli.

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The P1 GTR won’t come cheap.  McLaren will only sell it to customers who have already purchased the road legal P1.  They will have to pay $3.36 million to buy one, twice as expensive and the P1.  McLaren is offer a full racing program with the car.  The program will include private consultations with the McLaren driver-fitness team and company design director Frank Stephenson, as well as access to one of McLaren’s dedicated racing simulators.  As for the P1 GTR’s availability, McLaren says production will commence right after it completes the final example of the road going P1.  There’s no word as to how many P1 GTRs will be built, but McLaren says it ‘will be strictly limited.’





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