Meet the production-spec McLaren P1 GTR

This is the finalised, production-spec McLaren P1 GTR, that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Just 30 examples of the track-only monster will be built, which owners joining the hyper-exclusive McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme, with includes a series of dedicated track days. Well, there has to be a sweetener to the £1.98 million asking price.

The P1 GTR is largely unchanged from the concept car shown at the Pebble Beach concours last year. An extensive testing programme has seen revisions to the aero and cooling, but nothing you would really notice.

Still, the GTR is very different to its road-going sibling. The front track is some 80mm wider for better cornering stability, the front splitter has been reprofiled, and an aerodynamic blade cleans up the airflow down the sides. The whole car sits 50mm lower as well, improving handling and reducing drag.

The GTR ditches the road car’s adjustable rear spoiler for a humongous fixed wing, standing 400mm above the bodywork, which retains the drag reduction system. It all works to generate up to 660kg of downforce at 150mph. To put it another way, that’s the weight of a Caterham Seven pressing the GTR into the road.

50kg has been stripped out of the GTR as well, with polycarbonate side windows, carbonfibre roof panels and an Inconel/titanium exhaust. The P1 doesn’t have much of an interior anyway, but it’s pared back and the paraphernalia needed for track driving added. But not a rollcage, as the carbonfibre monocoque was plenty strong enough without.

Then there’s the power. Both the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine and electric motor have been fettled, to produce a combined 986bhp. McLaren hasn’t released any performance figures, but let’s speculate at 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed somewhere beyond 200mph.

Incidentally, the car pictured here, which will be on display at Geneva, pays homage to the Harrods-sponsored F1 GTR that finished third at Le Mans in 1995.

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