The McLaren P1 GTR driver program offers the owner an exclusive track program, as well as access to the McLaren Technology Center. The owner or member gets to embark on a bespoke driver program designed to hone and optimize driving skills, and learn how to get the best of themselves and the car at a dedicated track preparation program. The program is also tailored to each individual owner. The nominated tracks will include F1 tracks across the world, a total of six in the program’s first year. At each event, drivers will have a dedicated race team responsible for running the car. This will include a personal driver coach and head engineer, who will work through telemetry and video analysis to hone skills, and optimize laptimes.
Bespoke interior reserved for a bonafide track-built McLaren P1 GTR
The interior of the McLaren P1 GTR homes in on a more purposeful driver-focused cockpit. The cockpit has been designed with driver engagement and weight saving priorities, but no compromise in terms of comfort and safety. In a nutshell, the P1 GTR is stripped of all but the essential items in a bid to keep weight to a minimum. The lightweight carbon fiber MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, and weighs just 90kg including the upper and lower structures (including roof), roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing. This, in common with the road car, meets FIA load requirements for rollover in GT racing category.
The center piece of the driver’s environment is the newly developed steering, which has been designed to make all controls as easily accessible and user-friendly as possible. As with various elements throughout the car, there is significant heritage linked to the steering. Matter of fact, the P1 GTR’s steering resembles that of the steering utilized in the championship-winning MP4-23 (2008) F1 car. As on the F1 car, key controls including the mode switches like the DRS and IPAS are located to the center of the bespoke steering. In the design and implementation of this new set up, all controls are comfortably operated, and easily accessible, when in a full race suit, helmet and gloves.
The cabin is equipped with lightweight DTM-style seats and full six-point harnesses. This will be specifically set up for the individual driver, and mounted directly to the chassis, reducing weight by having no additional mounting brackets. The HANS-approved carbon fiber seat shell offers comfort and support, and has been ergonomically-designed along with the rest of the cabin controls. Despite the stripped out environment, the air-conditioning is retained to maintain comfort during the much more physical driving experience.
McLaren recently conducted a successful field test of the P1 GTR in the extreme conditions of the Bahrain International circuit. Initial tests revealed that the car performed admirably thanks to an upgraded IPAS powertrain, which ensured optimized balance and handling characteristics on the race-proven slick tyres. Additionally, a new aerodynamics element – the fixed-height rear wing with DRS (Drag Reduction System) – was properly implemented during the desert run.
Decked in its initial Carbon Black paint and bare carbon fiber bodywork, the McLaren P1 GTR is expected to be liveried in very attractive paint and bodywork schemes in later stages. Development work is expected to continue over the winter throughout Europe before its full-fledged implementation in the next season or so.