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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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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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 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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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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Well it’s taken a while, a long while, but the spiritual successor to the game-changing and legendary McLaren F1 has just be unveiled. At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, McLaren are showing off a prototype version of the McLaren P1. The McLaren P1 has been developed using the knowledge learned by McLaren’s Racing division. The company say it has one simple goal for the vehicle: To make it the best driver’s car in the world on both road and track.
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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