McLaren P1 GTR comes out of the woodwork

McLaren brought forth the anticipated P1 GTR Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance over the weekend. The track-focused McLaren P1 GTR emphasizes on aerodynamic performance through its dramatic bodywork.

The McLaren P1 GTR design shares a similar livery of the original McLaren F1 GTR. During the rigorous testing program for the F1 GTR, the test car, chassis no.01R, originally wore a distinctive orange and silver livery. This color scheme has been reinterpreted for the latest McLaren racer, with the number, 01, signifying the original chassis number. That car eventually went on to take the coveted win at the 1995 24-Hour Le Mans.

A thorough-bred GTR from McLaren in the form of the McLaren P1 GTR

Based on the P1 production variant, the P1 GTR racer is instilled a little more, such as; slick tyres, a fixed ride height, enhanced power delivery from the IPAS powertrain, F1-derived DRS from the large, a fixed rear wing, and an ERS-style push-to-pass system.

The front track of the McLaren P1 GTR design concept has been increased by 80mm and is coupled with a more aggressive GT-style front splitter. Re-profiled low temperature radiator ducts seamlessly flow into the leading edge of the aggressively flared front wheel arches, while the active aerodynamic flaps are retained from the P1 in the floor ahead of the front wheels. The bodywork is ‘shrink-wrapped’ around the carbon fiber ‘Mono Cage’ chassis behind the front wheels, and is designed to channel the air from around the wheel well.

An additional aerodynamic blade is located behind the wheelarch to clean the air from the front tyres. This aero device flows seamlessly along the bottom edge of the dihedral doors, along the flank of the carbon fiber bodywork, to an additional side panel at the rear which ducts additional air into the high temperature radiator and improves the aerodynamic performance of the rear floor.

Pertinent highlights of the P1 GTR include race-prepared suspesion, snorkel air intake, re-positioned wing mirrors, extended door-mounted radiator channels, double-plated rear wing, centrally mounted exhaust made of inconel and titanium, and a set of lightweight 19-inch motorsport alloy wheels (10.5-inches front, 13-inches rear).

McLaren’s 30 years of utilizing carbon fiber in vehicle production

The McLaren P1 GTR racer’s exterior elements and chassis comprise mostly of carbon fiber, which means the race car is extremely light and versatile on track. This is possible thanks to  McLaren’s know-how in the use of carbon fiber in vehicle production over the past 30 years, and since introducing a carbon chassis into racing and road cars with the 1981 McLaren MP4/1 and 1993 McLaren F1 respectively, McLaren has not built a car without a carbon fiber chassis. The latest P1 GTR gets a power output boost of up to 1,000PS (986 bhp) from the motorsport-optimized 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and lightweight electric motor.

Edited: McLaren

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