McLaren P1 GTR Puts 1,000 Ponies on Pebble Beach

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

McLaren just revealed what might be the products that steals the show at Pebble Beach this week with a staggering 1,000 hp.

Like the 650 S Sprint, this is a track-only vehicle that McLaren is offering to well-heeled performance junkies who aren’t satisfied with driving a street car on a race track. McLaren says it designed the car to be the “best drivers’ car in the world on track,” re-purposing the familiar tagline it used before the P1 was fully revealed. Normally the P1 makes 890 hp, but the company re-tuned it in this case to makes 986 hp (or 1000 PS) through the same plug-in hybrid powertrain and 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 as the road car.

On top of being more powerful, the P1 GTR runs on racing tires and wears a series of aerodynamic enhancements including massive front splitter second only to the crazy rear wing that greatly increase downforce to improve stability at high speeds and give it improved cornering ability. McLaren also made the P1 GTR wider to further improve its performance capability.

Production will be strictly limited and will cost £1.98 a pop or roughly $3.3 million in this part of the world. The company hasn’t decided how many it will build, but the number will be significantly smaller than the 375 unit run of the street-legal P1. A company spokesman at the unvailing said there might be 50 built, but said that number could change. For that price, customers get the car and access to a training program designed to make sure they’re capable of driving the car. The training program includes consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team and access to a McLaren racing simulator.

You also participate in at least six dedicated international drive events that will take place at F1 tracks around the world and it’s probably a good thing because it sounds like McLaren isn’t leaving anything on the table with this one.

GALLERY: McLaren P1 GTR Live Photos


Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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