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Photo of the day: yes, that's SEVEN McLaren P1 GTRs on track

You wait ages for a track-only, 986bhp hyper-McLaren to turn up...

How embarrassing. You turn up to a private track day with your new toy, only to discover there are not one, not two, but six other people already there with the same car. It’s every amateur racer’s nightmare.

Still, if the cars in question were, say, half-a-dozen examples of the 986bhp McLaren P1 GTR, you might just find it within your character to swallow your pride and go for a fang anyway. 

OK, enough poking fun: McLaren’s P1 GTR Driver Programme has officially got rolling at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain. That means seven P1 GTRs in a variety of loud, angry liveries duking it out together on circuit. Given only 40 or so GTRs will ever be built at around £2m a pop, that’s a high concentration of speed and value in one place.

Stat-wise, you’re ogling a combined 6902bhp, 5159lb ft, and, if you could somehow stick them all together (though we wouldn’t recommend it), 4620kg of downforce. No wonder the two orange 650S Sprint models flanking the GTRs look scared.

And don’t just think this is rich playboys larking about, either. To add some spice to proceedings, McLaren reportedly began the day by sending factory test driver Bruno Senna out on track to set his own benchmark lap time for the private cars to chase. This, we imagine, ended in a race.

Though, it must be said, probably not one with a helicopter gunship. Which is exactly what happened when got behind the F1-pinched wheel of the ultimate McLaren…

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