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McLaren confirms track-only P1 GTR

Snapshot: The decision to produce a track-only variant is in response to demand of McLaren P1 owners.

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McLaren has officially confirmed the development of a yet more hard-core, track-only version of its P1 hyper car that will called the McLaren P1 GTR. The name is a clear nod to the Woking-based manufacturer’s iconic F1 GTR, which celebrates the 19th anniversary this week, of its overall victory at 1995’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The limited-run P1 GTR, will be pushed down the production line when the 375th and the final example of the road car has been completed. 

Just like its historic namesake, the P1 GTR has been designed and developed for use on the circuit only and promises to offer “greater levels of performance, grip, aerodynamics and downforce” than the standard P1. The P1 GTR will be largely based on the P1, but freed from the adherence to road legislation, the former will feature a widened track, aero-optimised styling and will sit on race-focussed slick tyres. 

The actual technical details - just like the image of the P1 GTR - is sketchy at the moment. But McLaren claims it’s aiming for around 1,000PS of max power from the heavily tweaked 3.8-Litre V8 engine, which powers the standard P1. Combined with the new as-yet-unnamed technologies, should see the P1 GTR propel from 0 to 100 kmph in less than 2.6 seconds. 

The British marquee hasn’t yet confirmed just how many P1 GTRs will be built, although the officially press release states, “will be strictly limited.” Furthermore, the P1 GTR will only be sold to customers who already own one of those original models. 

Each example will come with a sticker price of around 1.98 million pounds and that price includes, a tailored performance programme for each customer to build driver capability. This in-turn includes, a number of track days at current Formula One circuits around the world, access to racing simulator and advice and consultations with various McLaren people from the driver fitness team to Design Director Frank Stephenson. 

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