The McLaren P1 isn’t just one of the most powerful hybrids on the planet, it’s one of the most powerful production cars ever. How do you top that? With an even crazier version that is so balls-to-the-wall crazy, that you can only legally drive it on a race track. That, my friends, is the McLaren P1 GTR, which has finally been revealed in its production spec.
So how has McLaren made an already-bonkers automobile even wilder? For one, the 3.8 liter V8 has been cranked up to 789 horsepower, with an additional 197 horsepower from a pair of electric motors that give the GTR a total output of 986 ponies, compared to “only” 903 horsepower in a plain P1. That slightly bests the standard LaFerrari, but falls short of topping the track-only LaFerrari XX with its 1,035 horsepower.
Of course the real winner will have to be determined by a trackday showdown…if Ferrari will allow it, that is. Like the LaFerrari XX, the McLaren P1 GTR will be kept for owners at its home track, Spains Circuit de Catalunya, and buyers can expect to pay upwards of $3 million for the privilege of owning one. For that price though, you don’t even get a passenger seat…because who needs a passenger seat in a race car?
For that chunk of change, designers found a way to shed an additional 110 pounds from the curb weight of the hybrid hypercar without going totally carbon fiber. There’s also a larger fixed-position spoiler, a lower center of gravity, and a sharper aerodynamics package to cut through the air. “This is about as close as you’re going to get to Formula One performance on the road,” said McLaren’s Chris Goodwin of the GTR.
Hard to argue with that statement.