This is what the McLaren P1 GTR looks like on the inside

The absurdly high-tech McLaren P1 GTR is a track day weapon for the super rich. Until now McLaren have only shown images of the exterior, but now they’ve revealed what it looks like from the inside. It comes as absolutely no surprise the cockpit is extremely functional. Carbon fiber is everywhere. Literally everywhere. It’s on the doors, dashboard, steering wheel, center console, a-pillar covers and even the seats are made of the stuff.

The DTM-style HANS-compatible carbon fibre seat shell is molded to fit the driver, and mounted directly to the chassis to reduce weight by having no need for separate brackets. The steering wheel is a more like a multifunction game controller. It’s not quite as bonkers at the one used in the recently revealed Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. But it still comes with no less than 13 buttons and switches on the front. In fact the design is based on the steering wheel of the 2008 Formula 1 championship-winning MP4-23 racer.
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McLaren P1 GTR

McLaren P1 GTR

After a couple of months of teasing and speculation, McLaren have finally unveiled the McLaren P1 GTR in the flesh. The car was originally announced back in June, with more information following in July, and at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is was debuted.

The P1 GTR arrives 20 years after the legendary F1 GTR appeared ahead of its 1995 GT season debut. Like the F1 GTR, McLaren are hoping to dominate the track with the new P1 racer. And with no need to make the car road legal, the P1 GTR is a track-focused, high-performance rocket which is the most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations ever.

While the McLaren P1 GTR is based on the P1 road car, there are numerous modifications and upgrades to the vehicle. Aerodynamic improvements include a new front clip with a splitter and redesigned radiator ducts, revised lateral air intakes, repositioned exterior mirrors, underfloor air management, a large rear diffuser and a huge rear spoiler mounted on carbon fiber pylons.
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McLaren P1 GTR announced

The McLaren P1 is one of the most technologically advanced supercars on the planet. And now, 20 years after the game-changing McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a racing version has been announced. A GTR version of the P1 was always going to happen, McLaren are too proud of their racing history and they’ve put too much into the car to keep it as a show-off thing for the absurdly wealthy. So when the 375th and final P1 road car rolls off the production line, the P1 GTR will go into limited production, exact numbers are yet to be announced.

Costing £1.98M ($3.35M) the McLaren P1 GTR will be a track-only vehicle. This means McLaren don’t need to worry themselves with trying to make it road legal or emissions compliant. It will feature enhanced levels of grip, improved aerodynamics and greater downforce. It will also be more powerful. McLaren are aiming for 986 horsepower. The P1 GTR will also have a wider track and unique styling.
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GSC McLaren P1 Night Glow

GSC McLaren P1 Night Glow

If you happened to be one of the only 375 people on the planet who managed to lay their hands on McLaren P1 – arguably the most technologically advanced supercar ever built – would you then take it to a tuning company for some aftermarket upgrades? Probably not. But a company called German Special Customs (GSC) is hoping that at least a few P1 owners will give them a call, as they’ve gone to the trouble of crafting a new aerodynamic package for the car, as well as some performance parts designed to increase power output. GSC are calling their range of parts for the P1 “Night Glow”.

The most obvious changes are to the exterior of the car, where GSC have created their own body panels to replace those fabricated by McLaren. The kit includes a new front spoiler with integrated LED daytime driving lights and larger air intakes for cooling. New sideskirts are also added which include even more vents just ahead of the rear wheels. At the rear the McLaren P1 Night Glow is fitted with a new rear wing, a new air diffuser and two round tailpipes replace the single trapezoidal unit used on the standard car.
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Performance figures for McLaren P1 confirmed, first customer car delivered

McLaren P1 supercar

McLaren have today announced the official performance figures for the P1 supercar, on the same day they have also delivered the first customer car to its new owner.

The McLaren P1 has been designed from the outset with the aim of being one of the world’s best driver’s cars on both road and track. The performance figures are a pretty good indication that what McLaren have created will surely go down in history as a worthy successor to the company’s most famous model, the iconic McLaren F1. In fact the McLaren P1 reaches 186 mph (300 km/h) in 16.5 seconds – a full 5.5 seconds quicker than the F1.
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McLaren P1 – Full Specifications

McLaren P1

McLaren has decided it’s finally time to let the world know all the details regarding their all-new P1 supercar. They’ve been slowly dribbling out information on the car for many months now, including the presentation of a pre-production P1 design study at the Paris Motor Show last year. But until now the exact specifications have been kept shtum.

Like all McLaren’s, both past and present, the P1 is a technological masterpiece. It really is a triumph of mathematics and logic over emotion and superfluous style. It’s performance is nothing less than astounding. 0-62 mph (100km/h) takes less than three seconds, 0-124 mph (200 km/h) takes less than seven seconds, and the needle will nudge 186 mph (300 km/h) in just 17 seconds – 5 seconds quicker than the legendary F1. The top speed of the McLaren P1 has been electronically limited to 217 mph (350 km/h).

In order to achieve such spectacular performance, McLaren’s engineers had to be nothing less than obsessive compulsive when it came to things like weight management, aerodynamics and electronic wizardry. Interestingly, in terms of appearance the McLaren P1 has changed little since the first prototype was unveiled. In fact the only notable modification is the addition of a couple of air ducts ahead of the front wheels.
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Video: McLaren P1 undergoing track testing

McLaren P1

If the Borg ever decide to try their collective hand at motor racing, then surely they’ll look to McLaren to provide the cars. The P1 is shaping up to be a cold-hearted megacar, with its clinical, almost OCD level of aerodynamic engineering, and McLaren’s stated goal of making it the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track, clearly this thing is going to be as close to absolute perfection as is possible.

The latest stage of the McLaren P1’s testing has seen it whipped around the clock on numerous demanding roads and circuits across the globe. The typically rigorous testing procedures for the McLaren P1 have seen the development team working closely with a number of partners on bespoke components and developments, including Akebono on a highly-efficient braking system, Pirelli on high performance tires and Mobil 1 on leading cooling, lubrication and hydraulic fluids.
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McLaren P1 Design Study

McLaren P1

It took a while, a long while, but the spiritual successor to the game-changing and legendary McLaren F1 was finally revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in the form of the McLaren P1 prototype. The McLaren P1 was developed using the knowledge learned by McLaren’s Racing division.

The styling of the  McLaren P1 is more attractive and less clinical than the MP4-12C, but you can bet your entire worldly possessions on the fact every last millimetre of the bodywork has been extensivley analysed in the windtunnel. The front is unique and original, the way lower part of the bumper flows back into the ‘C’ shaped headlights is inspired. And the P1’s rear end has got to be one of  the best in the business. Stunning.
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