McLaren P1 GTR Concept Pays Homage to Classic F1 Racer
In the mid 90s, McLaren nearly dominated the world of motor racing. From Le Mans, to the FIA GT Championship to the British GT Championship; among others. But strangely enough, McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray's dream of the ultimate road-going supercar was never developed for the track. It wasn't until teams took the vehicle out to the track, did they realize just how precise and track-purposed the car truly was. Enter, the 1994 BPR Global GT Series — where cars like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 911 Turbo reigned supreme. Teams were searching for something fresh and new to take on the competition. And in 1995, Murray — most unwillingly — decided to develop several F1 chassis into race-ready vehicles. This lead to massive victories throughout and signature racing liveries such as the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Davidoff/Gulf Longtail, one of the most iconic race cars ever developed. PHOTOS: See More of the 1995 McLaren F1 GTR
Now, nearly 15 years later and 50 years of company history, McLaren has introduced the highly-acclaimed successor to the F1; the P1. At 903-hp and $1.15M, the P1 assuredly lives up to the F1 in terms of power and price, but unlike Murray's original creation, McLaren says that the hypercar has one goal; "to be the best driver's car in the world on road and track." A properly built, road-going race car, then.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 McLaren P1
Absorbing all that information associated with the classic McLaren racing, we thought it only fitting to team up with Hansen Art and develop how we imagine a race-bred P1 would fair; and sporting a classic Gulf/Davidoff paint scheme, of course.
Up front, the classic look of the Davidoff/Gulf F1 makes itself known with a signature light blue paint scheme paired to some orange detailing and black "Davidoff" side panels. In the rear, the P1 maintains a "longtail" persona with a larger-than-life wing and an aggressive rear diffuser. All in all, the design is a stunning modern take of the classic F1 of past. As we assume the P1 is preparing for track duty in the near future, we hope it bears a similar semblance to the concept seen here. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 McLaren P1 GTR Concept