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’s new 650S model now comes in three flavors, the standard road going 650S, the competition-spec 650S GT3 for serious racers, and now there’s the 650S Sprint which is aimed at track enthusiasts who still want a little bit of comfort. The 650S Sprint also replaces the MP4-12C-based 12C Sprint as McLaren’s track toy for the super-rich.
Compared to the road model, the 650S Sprint features increased downforce and better cooling airflow to the 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8. It also features a competition-spec fuel tank and quick-fill cap, a larger radiator borrowed from the GT3 car, a new hood with additional cooling ducts for the radiator, front wing louvres for improved airflow, reduced ride height and recalibrated damping and spring rates, 19-inch center-locking race wheels with either Pirelli slicks or wet tires, onboard air jack system, and an upgraded braking system.
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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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McLaren’s range of supercars just increased by a third. Not that difficult when you consider they only make two other cars at the moment, but still, it’s big news. The all-new McLaren 650S is designed to sit in between the MP4-12C and the P1 supercar. It takes design inspiration from both, and also takes advantages of the considerable number of motorsport technologies the company has developed over the last 50 years.
Available as a fixed-head coupe or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) of the McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. The styling is a mix of the P1 – mainly up front, and the MP4-12C, whose influence can be found mainly down the sides and round the back. The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet at 150 mph the amount of downforce created is 24 percent higher.
Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1, have been further developed for the 650S. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode.
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McLaren Automotive have just made the announcement that they will be adding to their supercar line up with an all-new model called the 650s. The car will be positioned in between the Mp4-12C and the P1 in the company’s range.
McLaren say the 650S has been designed and developed to “offer the enthusiast driver the ultimate in luxury, engagement and excitement, as well as dramatic yet beautiful 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 that to commemorate 50 years of race-winning history they’d launch a range of vintage fashion collections. So they organized a small nuclear explosion to take place during a photo shoot in which they got a couple of teenagers to model the new clothes. Who new the average age of a MP4-12C driver was 17?
The three retro-styled fashion collections – inspired by cars, drivers and epic events in the company’s history – are called, McLaren 50, McLaren 50 by Hunziker and James Hunt Racing Collection. The ranges include both clothing and accessories.
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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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