Article by Anthony Alaniz. Photography by Justin Chan. Renders by Fernandez-World.
The reason the McLaren is such an astounding car is that it seems like its excellence came out of nowhere. Here is a company that, while it has had a great history of building race cars, was just going to jump into the supercar arena again after smashing the competition back in the 1990s with the McLaren F1. With the aim to be the world’s best drivers’ car on the track, the P1 GTR has high hurdles and high expectations. While the slower P1 has 903 horsepower, the race-reading P1 GTR pumps out 986 horsepower from its 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine and electric motor.
With the P1 already running from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.8 seconds, McLaren is mum on performance details. We can say it should certainly be freakishly fast. While performance expectations and results will be the true test of the machine, especially when compared to the LaFerrari XX, we think it should do quite well against the competition.
Fernandez World did some beautiful renderings of the car, putting it on a serene track. Ugh, we can’t wait to see it in motion. We are an impatient bunch here. The car has a lowered, aggressive stance using the same MonoCage carbon fiber chassis, but sitting on a lowered, fixed suspension. Mmmmm, sexy.
The large functional wing may remind many of Civics from the early years of the Fast and Furious franchise, but here it is reminiscent of the one found on the F1 GTR. It instills fear in the competition. The rear innards of the car are virtually exposed, giving it a mechanical, tangible appearance that is beautifully accentuated by the large, centrally mounted titanium exhaust. An air-powered jacking system, already found on the 650S GT3 race car is available on the P1 GTR, making tire changes quick and easy.
For a cool $2 million—let me get my checkbook—P1 GTRs will be offered to 351 existing P1 owners—let me put my checkbook back. McLaren hasn’t released final build numbers, but don’t expect many. Like Ferrari’s special race cars, McLaren’s Special Operations team will maintain the P1 GTRs. The team will also have a training program to ensure owners don’t put the car into the wall on the first turn.
We may never afford, see or drive a P1 GTR, but that doesn’t mean we won’t drool onto our keyboard for one. Tissues anyone?