Everything You Need to Know About the McLaren P1 GTR: Video
When I found out that the P1 GTR was really happening, I was pretty excited. When I found out that the P1 GTR would be released at the Monterey auto week, well, I was even more excited. Little did I know that whole event would turn into a week in heaven. On the final Friday, I was able to get up close and personal with the P1 GTR in the flesh at a private unveiling. My first impression was, “Holy crap!” As I looked on dumbfounded, I tried to take in every inch of every detail of this completely reworked, completely racecar'd out P1. Thankfully, McLaren provided a ‘normal’ P1s a few feet away for us to compare and contrast. And without a doubt, the GTR is a whole new car. RELATED: See More Photos of the High-Powered McLaren P1 GTR Aerodynamics
Naturally, the first thing that's going to catch your eye is that radical new design. It's got a fixed wing, center-locking wheels, and dual exhaust. I would even go as far to say that McLaren went even more bonkers with the P1 to P1 GTR revision than it did the F1 to F1 GTR (in terms of aesthetics, at least).
With its goal to be "the best driver's car in the world on the track," McLaren gave its P1 GTR all the downforces. So much so that you can't even take this thing on the road. At least, not legally.
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While McLaren has still kept a lot of details scarce, we do know that the P1 GTR pushes out 986 horsepower, an 83-horsepower gain over its little brother. And with that, it’ll jet to 60 mph well below the 2.8 seconds of the "regular' P1. Again — track only.
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But not everyone will be driving this immensely powerful machine. To be able to get to drive this car at the P1 GTR customer-only track days, you’ll need a regular P1 and another $3.3 million on hand (or be extremely close friends with someone who has one). Joe Schmo won't be getting behind the wheel anytime soon.
The only downside we can see is that — unlike the F1 GTR — the P1 is not eligible for Le Mans competition. But crazy prices and limited access aside, after getting to spend some time ogling over this engineering masterpiece, I feel like it’s safe to say that McLaren has done an impeccable job. Following in the footsteps of the F1 GTR, while also creating its newest, latest, and greatest product, the P1 GTR will undoubtedly leave its own legacy in the world of high performance vehicles.
Now all we need to do is drive it. Take a closer look of the P1 GTR from the Monterey:
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