The McLaren P1 LM is the final hurrah for the flagship hybrid supercar and the Brits have pulled all the strings for this one.
A paradise of carbon fibre and down force, the sinister P1 LM is an improvement on the ridiculous P1 GTR, if that’s even possible. The P1 LM is the love child of the McLaren Special Operations division and Lanzante Motorsport- the British racing team that took the P1 GTR’s forefather – the legendary McLaren F1 GTR to its first Le Mans 24 hour victory in 1995. They were also responsible for converting five McLaren F1 GTR’s into production spec F1 LMs. The P1 LM is thus christened with the highest honours available to a road legal racing car and only 5 will be built in memory of the F1 LM. It is the holy grail of road racers and is the reincarnation of a British icon. The P1 LM is the last and rarest of its breed. Gordon Murray would be proud.
The new P1 LM inherits the P1 GTR’s colossal powertrain. This encompasses a twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre V8 and a couple of electric motors. This means the P1 LM will serve up a spine tingling 986 HP better rounded off as 1000 PS! The LM’s engine-bay is lined with gold for better heat dissipation, an inspirational touch derived from the original F1 design. To make things more interesting the P1 LM has shed some weight. 60kg of it to be precise. This should essentially translate into the LM being faster than its track only cousin. The drop in weight has been achieved by ditching the P1 GTR’s air jackets, plastic windows, titanium bolts and using lightweight seats, taken directly out of the Le Mans winning F1 GTR. The P1 LM also features a custom Alcantara trimmed race steering wheel that takes its inspiration from Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 world title winning McLaren MP4/23. The LM therefore oozes in racing pedigree and folklore.
Lazante somehow decided that the P1 GTR wasn’t producing enough down-force so the crazy Brits decided to add more. A lot more. The rear wing has been modified and a new larger front diffuser and dive planes are in play resulting in a staggering 40% increase in down force generated. The P1 LM will blitz circuits at an incredible pace. It’s safe to say that the P1 LM is one of the fastest and most exclusive road legal track tool money can buy. Pity they are only making 5. In fact, each P1 LM owner will receive a bespoke LM toolkit, a 1:18 scale model of their LM and a tailored fit car cover. Rather sweet of them considering you’ll be parting with an obscenely large amount money. The exact price is unknown at this point but we estimate a couple of million pounds to start with.
McLaren will race the P1 LM at the grounds of Goodwood House for the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb. The car will be driven by former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack, who is incidentally also involved with the P1 LM’s development at the Nurburgring. Definitely an exciting prospect to look forward to at the Festival of Speed. How close the P1 LM reaches Nick Heidfeld’s record is the big question.