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McLaren P1 GTR is too hardcore for the road

Track-focussed McLaren P1 will be available in strictly limited numbers.

McLaren is giving the mighty F1 GTR race car a follow-up twenty years after it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The P1 GTR will be a track-only version of its hybrid supercar Jeremy Clarkson (rightfully) won’t stop banging on about.

Where's the rest, McLaren?
Where’s the rest, McLaren?

There are a few reasons why you would want to own the P1 GTR. For starters, McLaren said it will be the most powerful car it has ever made, with a power output of 986bhp (1,000PS) generated by its electric motor and 727bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. That’s 86bhp more than the ‘standard’ P1.

As there’s no need to make it comply with boring road laws, the P1 GTR can quite feasibly achieve McLaren’s claim of becoming the ‘best drivers’ car in the world on track’.

McLaren will try to live up to its lofty claim by introducing ‘greater levels of performance, grip, aerodynamics and downforce’ than the road-going P1, which is impressive given that the latter can produce up to 599kg of downforce. That’s nigh-on race car levels keeping the car on the terra firma.

The P1 GTR will get race-proven slick tyres and a widened track on top of the souped-up powertrain. It will look different, too, thanks to a more aggressive design. For now, we can only look at a basic sketch sketch to get an idea of how it will look.

Lucky owners will also get a tailored programme to improve their driving skills, including consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team, access to at least six dedicated international driving events and free use of McLaren’s racing simulators.

Now for the cost. You should probably sit down. A McLaren P1 GTR will set you back £1.98 million. Although the exact production run is still being decided, we’ve been told it will be ‘strictly limited’. So who knows, it could be an investment. The F1 GTR, after all, recently fetched for £3.2 million.

We can only imagine the P1 GTR will be an absolute animal, especially when the P1 was able to lap the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes. On that note, we’re still waiting to know whether the P1 was faster than its also hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder rival. The suspense is killing us.

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