Track-Ready McLaren P1 GTR Revealed

With a 890 horsepower hybrid drivetrain, an advanced carbon fiber body, and some of the best aerodynamics in the world, you wouldn’t think there’d be much room left to improve upon the McLaren P1. And you’d be wrong. The hypercar maker is adding more power and more downforce to the McLaren P1 GTR, which is built as a strictly track-only machine.

The GTR program will begin once production of the standard P1 concludes later this year, with deliveries slated to begin in early 2015. Before then though McLaren headed down to Bahrain for some (extremely) hot weather testing, where they snapped these teaser shots for us plebeians to drool over. Customers who shell out the $1 million+ price tag of the P1 GTR will be treated to an exclusive driver training program to help them handle the herculean hypercar, which has trimmed down and bulked for this new edition.

A huge new rear wing delivering over 1,200-lbs of downforce at 160 MPH is the most obvious change, as is the exposed carbon fiber body. The slimmer side view mirrors may escape some less-keen eyes, but perhaps the most dramatic transformation of the P1 from road to track car is on the inside. Gone is the sporty-but-still-roundish steering wheel, replaced by a rectangular console-like navigation device similar to those found in race cars like the Porsche 919 Hybrid. With a power bump bringing total output over 1,000 horsepower, the McLaren P1 becomes on of just a handful of production cars boasting four-digit power numbers. By 2025, McLaren says it will produce hybrids exclusively, and it has become a major supporter of the Formula E, which should indicate where they think the future of performance is heading.

So what does it cost? Does it really matter? Not to anyone that will actually be able to afford it.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.