The dream of driving a Formula 1 racecar has become a reality thanks to the new models from Ferrari and McLaren, offered for sale to a very exclusive group of clients. This is the case of the new McLaren P1 GTR, a prototype presented at the recent Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. This car is a tribute to the triumph of the McLaren F1 GTR in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995.
The McLaren P1 GTR is a radicalized version of the F1, with improvements in all its sporting features. Since this model was developed exclusively on road courses, (See race track options here) the constraints of the automotive industry for cars on public roads are obviated. It was then possible to remove the front bumper, widen its tuba by 80 mm, give it larger vents and stiffen the suspension to produce a competition response.
Additionally, the mirrors have been re-positioned on the A-pillar to place them within the visual field while driving at high speeds and improve aerodynamic performance. Competition tires are mounted on 19-inch wheels with mono-clamping nut, and in the back a small windscreen has been integrated directly in front of an impressive fixed rear wing, which improves and stabilizes the model´s streamline.
The P1 GTR has an impressive 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine combined with an electric motor that complements its hybrid operation. However, the greatest difference in relation to the street model is its power; this version has 80 hp more than its "legal" predecessor, reaching 1,000 hp. This remarkable ability will allow you accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds and reach a final speed of around 270 mph.
The McLaren road model will be built starting June 2015, after delivering the last of the 375 units of the regular P1. itsThe GTR version will be available exclusively to the select group of lucky customers who already have a P1 in their garage.
Priced at $3.4 million, the McLaren P1 GTR will come with a preferential post-sale package, which includes six appearances at Formula 1 events, where the owners can show their skills behind the steering wheel, training sessions with the team, as well as access to McLaren´s professional race simulators. It also includes direct communication with the engineers and machine builders, to answer any questions the owners may have.
With the P1 GTR, McLaren has an explicit goal: to build the best racecar in the world, available for non-professional drivers. Only time will tell if they achieved their mission. ■
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