We were love struck and intimidated at the same time when the blokes from McLaren introduced the mighty P1 hypercar to the world. With 903 BHP of power on offer and a stellar amalgamation of technology and materials, there was very little that the P1 didn’t possess to make it one of the most powerful icons of modern times. However, McLaren felt otherwise and cited scope for improvement that will help push out a tad bit more performance. So what do they come up with? Behold, the track scorching, power craving, lighter, faster and atrociously expensive 2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Because no one said no to more power.
To put it simply, the McLaren P1 GTR is a track only version that cuts down on weight to offer enhanced performance (seems like an understatement here) from a similar body shell. It is also the answer to the 1036 BHP Ferrari LaFerrari FXX, Pagani Zonda R and the Koenigsegg Agera RS on the track. Starting off, the major changes have been seen in the power output as the P1 GTR now makes 83 BHP more power over the standard (again an understatement) road-legal McLaren P1. The added power output has been pushed out of the same 3.8-litre V8 engine paired to an electric motor that now cumulatively produces 986 BHP (1000 PS) of power and 1000 Nm of torque.
All that power ensures quicker acceleration, that will triumph the 0-100 run of 2.8 seconds achievable on the regular P1 while lap times on the track will see a considerable difference as well. Complementing all that power though is a vast array of changes which include a revised front track that is wider by 8 mm and a big splitter added to the nose. The hypercar also sits lower by 50 mm for improved aerodynamics, along with repositioned wing mirrors moved to the A-pillar for reduced drag. The side windows are now made polycarbonate.
You may have already noticed by now the humongous rear wing made of carbon fibre that replaces the retractable rear spoiler. McLaren suggests that the large rear wing with a smooth flowing surface improves the airflow and reduces turbulence. The interior has been stripped off, cutting down several luxuries, and it also gets a race sped steering wheel. The GTR though uses the same carbon fibre mono-cage chassis seen on the P1 that is as strong as an FIA spec roll cage for any race vehicle. The wheels are the 19-inch F1 styled centre-locks wrapped in bespoke Pirelli rubber. Lastly, the exhaust has been replaced by 6.5 kg lighter titanium unit which is said to be aural nirvana of sorts.
Desirable from every inch, the P1 GTR will be the best close to £2 million (around Rs. 18.5 crores) that you would have spent in your life time. However, good things don’t come so easily and the Vikings of Woking are in no mood to give this one away so easily. The P1 GTR will be offered to around 30 out of the existing 375 owners of the road-legal McLaren P1. In addition, McLaren will caress the P1 GTR on your behalf if you wish and also deliver to the best F1 tracks around the world at your behest, when you wish to conquer the tracks of the world. The supercar maker is also offering an exclusive driver training program, simulator time, diet and exercise regime as part of the package. Now, this is a club we can’t wait to be a part of.