Here comes the 986bhp McLaren P1 GTR

McLaren have been busy in the think tank and subsequently the design studio, and have come up with the idea of producing a track going version of the fabulous P1.

It seems a pity to have to point out that the road division of the Woking based company is once again doing rather better than the racing team, but in terms of putting out cars for the private punter, they are miles ahead of the rest.

The new car, called the McLaren P1 GTR, has come under the scrutiny of Top Gear magazine, or at least what they can make of it and the article is well worth a look.

The review piece can be found at http://www.topgear.com.

All the magazine has had to work from are the pictures sent to them by McLaren of what the car may or may not eventually look like. If it gets made (it almost certainly will).

The article gives a good deal of space to remind its readers that Top Gear adored the McLaren P1, a hybrid engined hypercar which breaks the mould cast by the pious Prius, and launched electric powered motoring into the super hi-tech stratosphere by delivering 200 mph+ performance.

The GTR will be a track only version of the road going P1 and Top Gear are at pains to point out that only existing P1 owners can buy one, and that they’ll part with nearly £2m for the pleasure.

There is a fair bit missing on what Top Gear had to work with because some of the expected detail of performance plus some other important questions about the car aren’t clear. However, no doubt Top Gear will follow up as the GTR progresses through development and into production, and will give the fuller details as and when they are known.

Here is an excerpt from their review

Last month McLaren confirmed it will build a track-only variant of the ballistic P1. In essence, Ron Dennis unfurled his carbon fibre quill, and wrote a letter to all 375 owners of the normal’ P1 wondering if they’d be interested in a yet-faster race version of the hyper-hybrid. The chaps from Woking will be taking a full design concept to Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance next month.

The limited run of P1 GTRs will go into production when the 375th and final P1 drops off the line. That’ll be in June 2015, exactly two decades after McLaren’s victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a McLaren F1 GTR. Wouldn’t that make rather convenient timing for a McLaren return to Le Mans? It’s not like they don’t have skills, expertise or hybrid hardware to compete…

Image courtesy of topgear.com

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