Ten reasons McLaren’s F1 GTR was great
With news of the new P1 GTR, we revisit its Le Mans-winning forebear
Posted: 17 Oct 2014
There are a handful of sadists in the world who apparently consider the ‘standard', road-going McLaren P1 not powerful or pointy enough, nor large enough of rear wing.
Well, maybe more than a handful. News reached TG this week that McLaren is to offer existing 375 owners of the P1 a chance to buy the brand new P1 GTR. There's no word on the precise build numbers, but as many as 30 cars may be in the offing.
So, what exactly is a P1 GTR? Nothing short of a turbocharged, hybrid kick in the plums to Ferrari's XX programme. It's a track-only racer that gets 83 more horses over the standard P1's 903bhp (to make 986bhp), as well as lowered suspension, a bigger rear wing, a new exhaust, a wider track, bigger front splitter, 19in racing alloys and tyres the width of the moon.
Like the Zonda R, it's not eligible for any racing series, and like Ferrari's XX programme, McLaren's Special Operations will maintain and run the cars as well as offering a special training programme for all drivers.
This is so the 30-odd P1 GTR owners can spend more of their time enjoying the fruits of McLaren's extensive engineering labours, and less time in intensive surgery removing track barriers from their ears.
It also bears an excellent name and paintjob, inspired by the McLaren F1 GTR from the mid 1990s. With news, then, of this new P1 GTR, we have found ten reasons why the original F1 GTR was brilliant.
Click forth - and if you can think of an eleventh, please comment responsibly below.