McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept Unveiled

McLaren revealed the design concept of the track-focused McLaren P1 GTR created by McLaren Special Operations and with one goal: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track.

The track-focused P1 GTR is based on McLaren P1 road car, but of course much more insane and extreme, optimized to increase the performance on the tracks.


The McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept has the front track increased by 80mm and a more aggressive GT-style front splitter. There are air ducts in the front floor ahead of the front wheels. The bodywork is ‘shrink-wrapped’ around the carbon fiber MonoCage 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 fibre 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.

The mirrors are repositioned on the A-posts mounted closer to eye-line of the driver and reduce aerodynamic drag. The car is lower than the standard P1 to keep the car closer to the ground, thereby increasing the performance and response of the P1 GTR at high speed corners.


The rear bumper is clear, it has no grille, the McLaren P1 GTR has a large rear wing mounted on dramatic carbon fiber pylons which extend around the rear of the bodywork. This fixed height wing is fitted with a hydraulically operated Drag Reduction System (DRS) to boost acceleration performance providing increased levels of downforce.

Below the rear wing, the centrally mounted exhaust pipes receive a completely new design developed exclusively to McLaren P1 GTR. Made from inconel and titanium alloy, the system maximizes the aural characteristic of the higher output 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine to maintain, and further emphasizes, the McLaren sound.

In addition to all improvements in the body the track-focused McLaren P1 GTR has an increase of 83 hp more than the standard car, this one boasts a total of 1000PS ( 986 bhp ) from the motorsport-optimised 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and lightweight electric motor.

The McLaren P1 GTR as well as any other race car receives the quick-release center locking nut. The wheels has measure of 19×10.5 in the front and 19×13 in the rear covered by a bespoke designed Pirelli tyres.


The design concept unveiled at Pebble Beach wears a livery which harks back to the original McLaren to wear the GTR badge. During the rigorous testing programme for the F1 GTR, the test car, chassis #01R, originally wore a distinctive orange and silver livery. This colour scheme has been reinterpreted for the model, with the number, 01, signifying the original chassis number. That car eventually went on to take the coveted win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Launching with the McLaren P1 GTR design concept is the bespoke McLaren P1 GTR driver programme – the ultra-exclusive ownership programme which will include specialist driver training, human performance and access to the McLaren racing simulator, and which is designed to prepare each driver mentally and physically to fully exploit the abilities of the McLaren P1 GTR. The programme will be completely bespoke, with each individual having a fully-tailored experience.

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