2016 McLaren P1 GTR to debut in Geneva
Previewed as a design concept at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. This ultra-performance/track-only variant of the road-going McLaren P1 is seen here in as a final prototype undergoing hot-weather testing in Bahrain and Quatar with Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin behind the car's Formula One-style steering wheel.
While sharing the same carbon fiber MonoCage core structure, the GTR boasts more aggressive bodywork, a fixed rear wing that incorporates an F1-derived Drag Reduction System element, race-tuned suspension, wider track dimensions and a lower ride height than the baseline McLaren P1 as well as custom Pirelli P Zero racing slicks mounted on 19-inch center-lock alloy wheels. Although the interior has been "decontented" to save weight -- the P1's air conditioning system remains in the interest of driver comfort. McLaren's bespoke 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8/electric motor combo that cranks out 903 hybrid horsepower in the standard car has been upped to 986 horses and will feature a "push-to-pass" feature that can boost that figure for short periods of time.
McLaren says this final round of development has yielded an absolutely stunning power-to-weight ratio of just 3.2 ponies per pound while subtle exterior tweaks ensure the limited-production P1 GTR will have better aerodynamics and cooling capabilities. The automaker still plans to build just 375 examples of the car, which is expected to cost about $3 million.
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