Only an extremely privileged few will ever get to drive the track-focused, 986bhp McLaren P1 GTR, and McLaren has revealed more of what they can expect for their £1.98 million.
In the build up to production starting after the road-going McLaren P1’s 375-strong run has been completed, the P1 GTR has been undergoing hot weather testing at Bahrain’s Formula 1 track. trialing the latest aero and cooling updates.
McLaren has taken the opportunity to release the first images of the GTR’s interior. The standard P1’s cockpit is pared-down; the GTR’s is stripped out further, though McLaren claims comfort hasn’t been compromised.
The DTM-style seat and six-point harness are mounted directly to the chassis, set in the driver’s preferred position. The steering wheel is based on that in Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 championship-winning F1 car, allowing the driver to operate most of the major controls without taking a hand off the wheel.
The carbonfibre MonoCage chassis, which includes the roof, meets GT racing rollover standards, as set by the FIA, so there’s no rollcage to clamber over. And the air-conditioning unit has been left in, so the GTR shouldn’t turn into a sweat box.
P1 GTR owners will be able to use their cars at six events every year, held at Formula 1 tracks around the world. Each owner will get a dedicated engineer and driver coach. Ferrari operates a similar scheme with its XX program, but according to McLaren, it’s what goes on behind the scenes that sets it apart.
Each owner will be enrolled on a driver development program, giving them access to McLaren’s racing simulator so they can learn the circuits and the GTR’s handling characteristics before they go anywhere near a track. They’ll get an individually-tailored fitness and driver training program, as well.
Will we ever see a twin-test between the P1 GTR and LaFerrari XX (which may or may not happen)? It’s highly unlikely, but we can dream.
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