McLaren confirms P1 GTR for 2015 Geneva motor show

Published: 19 January 2015

McLaren has confirmed it will show the production P1 GTR at this spring’s Geneva motor show.

Woking has issued the development video of the maximum-attack P1, which we’ve posted below ahead of its March debut.

The company says the GTR will have a power-to-weight ratio of more than 700bhp per tonne. That’s 10% better than the roadgoing P1.

Staggering. If there’s one car we thought didn’t need more power, it was the P1…

Read our McLaren P1 review here.

Less weight; more power. The P1 GTR recipe

It seems difficult to comprehend, but McLaren has indeed chopped some weight out of the already skinny P1 hypercar. No details have been revealed yet, but we understand the further reaches of the periodic table have been plundered it this money-no-object exercise.

And McLaren also cites ‘powertrain optimisation’ in its power upgrade. Yep, there’s more power too, although exactly how much more remains a secret for now. Development has stepped up over the winter, at race tracks in Europe and the Middle East, the company says.

The P1 GTR was first shown as a concept at the 2014 Pebble Beach concours.

Who’s the P1 GTR aimed at?

This car is for the uber-rich and uber-demanding. Nobody in their right mind would want a car faster than the P1 on the road, but this is pitched as the ultimate track car. Like Ferrari’s XX programme, this is a track-only car and will not be road-registered.

Owners will be invited to Woking to tailor their own bespoke race programme, taking in some of the world’s most storied circuits in ultimate luxury and with their own team of McLaren engineers.

Production will start later in 2015.

 

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet

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