McLaren pulled the cover off the P1 GTR concept during a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but even if you plunked down its estimated $3,357,000 price, you wouldn’t be able to drive it home.
The track-focused car is said by the British performance car company to be a preview to the final model which, with a little under a year until production starts, has now entered the next phase as the development team works to hone and further optimize the ultimate track-focused racer.
With no need to meet legislations for road legality, the McLaren P1 GTR will be the most track-tailored and most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations to date, said McLaren, with a clear target even more focused than its road-going sibling: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track.
With even greater emphasis on aerodynamic performance through the bodywork, the McLaren P1 GTR is said to also feature race-proven slick tires, a fixed ride height, enhanced power delivery from the IPAS powertrain and Formula 1-derived DRS from the large, fixed rear wing and an ERS-style push-to-pass system, all combining to offer the ultimate track experience.
Based on the McLaren P1 road car, the track-focused McLaren P1 GTR design concept is said to further optimizes the aerodynamically efficient ‘shrink-wrapped’ body shape in order to offer maximum performance, superior handling characteristics and optimized driver engagement on track..
The front track of the McLaren P1 GTR design concept has been increased by 80 millimiters and is coupled with a more aggressive GT-style front splitter; McLaren added reprofiled low temperature radiator ducts flow into the leading edge of the flared front wheel arches, while the active aerodynamic flaps are retained from the McLaren P1 in the floor ahead of the front wheels.
The profile of the McLaren P1 GTR design concept is described by McLaren as hunkered down on to the race-prepared suspension with a fixed ride height, lower than the standard car. The snorkel air intake, inspired by the design of the original McLaren F1, is still present within the roof structure of the carbon fiber MonoCage chassis. The wing mirrors have been repositioned to the A pillars, to put them closer to the eye line of the driver and reduce aerodynamic drag, while 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 also said the wheels were changed: a set of lightweight 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels have been chosen, 10.5-inches wide at the front and 13-inches at the rear – and are secured into place with quick-release center locking nuts.
At the rear, McLaren said a large, twin-element wing is mounted on carbon fiber pylons which extend around the rear of the bodywork. This fixed height wing is fitted with a hydraulically operated Drag Reduction System (DRS) to boost acceleration performance, and provides increased levels of downforce compared to the road car, working with the active aerodynamic flaps located ahead of the front wheels.
Below the rear wing sits an exposed, centrally mounted exhaust, which McLaren said is an all new design exclusive for the McLaren P1 GTR. Made from inconel and titanium alloy, McLaren explained the system maximizes the aural characteristic of the higher output 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine to maintain, and further emphasise, the McLaren sound. The design of the exhaust has also changed, with a straight cut twin pipe setup now used in place of the single exit exhaust.