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McLaren Resurrects Iconic GTR Badge For Track-Only P1

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700

NOT convinced that McLaren’s current P1 supercar is fast enough? Don’t worry, as the supercar maker has unveiled plans to build a limited-run version packing 1000 horsepower.

You’ll have to be quick though, as this track-only model will be built after the 375th and final regular P1 variant leaves the production line. And at the rate that car is being snapped up, a speedy phone call to your local McLaren dealer is advisable.

Conveniently, this announcement comes twenty years on from victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR. And it’s fitting that the new, faster P1 will also sport the iconic GTR badge.

With no need to comply with road legislation, McLaren is promoting its forthcoming P1 GTR as a car boasting even greater levels of performance, grip, aerodynamics and downforce than the road car.

It will also feature more extreme technologies in keeping with its track-focused development, while race-proven slick tyres, a widened track and more aggressive and distinctive styling are said to offer optimised performance around a lap.

The decision to produce a track-only variant is in response to demand from existing McLaren P1 owners. Clearly they all have very deep pockets, as the GTR variant has been given a price tag of £1.98m. For that rather large sum you get not just the car but also a tailored programme created for each customer.

It will include exclusive consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team and Design Director Frank Stephenson, privileged access to one of the firm’s racing simulators, and participation in a minimum of six dedicated international drive events to be held at some of the world’s most iconic Formula 1 circuits.

By Press Association reporters