McLaren P1 GTR concept unveils in Pebble Beach

McLaren P1 GTR concept unveils in Pebble Beach image

Text: / Photos: McLaren Special Operations | posted August 18, 2014 11:49

Most track-tailored and most powerful model

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has unveiled the 2014 P1 GTR Concept car, a track only derivative of the original P1 that according to the British automaker will be their most powerful, track ready car with Formula One technology. The car made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California.

The front-end of the car has been increased by 80mm and is now equipped with a GT-style splitter. The radiator ducts now flow onto the leading edge of the flared wheel arches, which increases aerodynamic efficiency. A blade behind the front wheel arch cleans the air from the tires and aims it toward the radiator ducts. The snorkel air intake that was inspired from the F1 GTR is also used for the P1 GTR and can be found on the roof structure of the car. The wing mirrors have been replaced near the A-pillar, putting them within view of the driver while also reducing wind drag.

At the rear, a fixed twin-element wing with an F1-derived Drag Reduction System (DRS) technology is present. The device itself is hydraulically controlled and is designed to boost acceleration and increase down force. The fixed structure of the wing now creates a long smooth flowing surface that feeds clean air below the wing and over the rear of the car. A redesigned centrally mounted exhaust is used on the P1 GTR and is made from Inconel and Titanium alloys, which amplifies the car’s distinct 3.8-liter V8 exhaust note. Power has been increased to 1000 PS due to an enhanced IPAS powertrain delivery.

A set of lightweight 19-inch motorsport alloys is equipped on the P1 GTR that are wrapped around slick Pirelli tires. The tires measure 266mm wide at the front, and 330mm wide at the rear. Geared towards fast changing of tires, the wheels have quick-release center locking nuts while the car itself has an onboard air jacking system, which can also be found on the McLaren 650S GT3 racer.

Complimenting the P1 GTR is the McLaren P1 GTR driver program, The exclusive program includes special driver training, human performance and entry onto the McLaren racing simulator, which is intended to prepare each driver mentally and physically to fully use the capabilities of the P1 GTR. MSO will handle and maintain all the cars while also managing the driver program.