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McLaren P1 GTR production begins ahead of schedule

Snapshot: McLaren has announced production of the P1 GTR has started a little bit earlier than originally planned.

It was at last year’s Pebble Beach when McLaren took the wraps off the imposing P1 GTR concept which evolved into a production model that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. This is basically a hardcore, track version of the P1 and is offered only to those who have purchased the road-going car. According to McLaren, so far they have received 42 orders, but they believe an extra 3 orders are likely to be made soon and we won’t be too surprised if others will follow.

The initial plan was to start production of the P1 GTR immediately after all the 375 units of the P1 were completed. However, McLaren has decided to kick off assembly of the track car ahead of schedule, probably to have as many units completed as possible for the first specially organized track event set for this October.

As far as the P1 is concerned, the final unit will be produced sometime next month and it will stand out from the rest of the cars by adopting a bare carbon fiber body which means it will remain unpainted so it should look quite striking.

There are a multitude of important differences between the two cars as the P1 GTR is not only 50 kg lighter, but also more powerful as it packs a mighty 1,000 bhp hybrid punch whereas the road-legal P1 has 916 bhp. The GTR version is also much more aggressive-looking and is 80 mm wider while the ride height has decreased by 50 mm. Perhaps the most striking feature is the large fixed wing mounted at the back which has helped boost the car’s aerodynamics by 10%, with the P1 GTR generating a massive 660 kg at 241 kmph.

As a final note, McLaren has already confirmed a P1 successor is planned, but they say it’s at least a decade away.

Source: Autovisie

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