The McLaren P1 is one of the most impressive road going cars ever made and the levels of engineering put into it are simply insane so nobody ever thought that McLaren would ever improve their top end model. This proved to be false though when the British manufacturer released back in 2014 a concept car of a future GTR model. This model proved to be the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR which has been first shown at the Geneva Motor Show. Unlike other concept cars which are never built, this car will actually see the light of day through a very special process.
Release Date And Price
Just like Ferrari, McLaren will make the car available for the original customers of the 375 P1 cars. However, only 35 of these will actually get to buy the car, so it will be available for a very short amount of time on sale. The price has been announced to be more than $3,1 million which is three times more than the base model. The unfortunate part is that just like its competitor, the Ferrari FXX-K, this particular model is not road worthy, so it will only be drivable on a closed track. Despite this though, we highly doubt it that its buyers will ever get it out of a well ventilated garage.
So, what is it so special about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR? Well, it celebrates 20 years since they won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race back in 1995 and thanks to that, the GTR name is once available for a limited time.
2016 McLaren P1 GTR Engine
The best part about all of this is that the changes are not only cosmetic. The engine on the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR is the same 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as before but this time they managed to add nearly 63 horsepower thanks to a pair of redesigned turbochargers and a new engine management system. Besides it, the electric aid has been bumped with 20 horsepower and they made its power delivery more instant. The end result is that the P1 GTR now boasts an impressive 987 horsepower and over 722 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is the same 7 speed dual-clutch automatic as before but they did change the software in order to make it a bit faster.
On top of the engine, the P1 GTR received a few changes to its running gear as well. The car now sits lower than before thanks to a new fixed suspension system and it also received center locking carbon fiber rims with slick tires wrapped around them. We expect the 0 to 60 MPH time to be reduced to around 2 seconds while its top speed will likely drop.
This is because the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR features a much more complex aerodynamic system than the model it’s based on. This includes a massive carbon fiber front splitter, closed side-skirts as well as a big rear spoiler and a new diffuser. The windows are now fixed as well in order to save as much weight as possible and thanks to the fixed suspension system, the GTR weighs more than 100 pounds less than the usual P1.
McLaren P1 Interior
The interior of the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR on the other hand is a bit more primal. The usual sound-deadening material, door covers, air-bags, navigation and infotainment system and even glass roof have all been removed. The roof as well as the engine cover have been replaced with carbon fiber parts while the driver only benefits of racing seats and harnesses as well as an air conditioning system which is there just because it is mandatory in some forms of races. The most impressive part about it though is that it is the only car that doesn’t require a roll-cage because its chassis and roof are able to protect its occupants just as well.