McLaren has taken the covers off of the track-focused P1 GTR Design Concept at Pebble Beach, previewing the production model due next year.
The launch of the P1 GTR commemorates 20 years since the F1 GTR was launched for the 1995 GT season. The P1 is undergoing development by the McLaren Special Operations division, and promises 986 horsepower from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and electric motor combination.
Compared to the standard car, the GTR has a front track that’s wider by 80mm, with flared wheelarches and a fat new splitter. The side mirrors are now up in the A-pillars, again putting aerodynamics above any kind of motor vehicle legislation to make it street-legal.
At the rear, the retractable wing of the standard P1 is replaced by a fixed unit that McLaren says allowed a smoother, lower rear end that’s more aerodynamic, because there are no mechanicals needed to raise and lower the big spoiler.
Also back there is a big new set of pipes, special to the GTR. It all looks fabulous together, so here’s to hoping nothing gets changed when the production one is unveiled in a few months.
By Zac Estrada