McLaren P1 GTR More Focused Than Adderall Addict

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

McLaren’s track-focused P1 GTR is currently under development but the company just released information about the car’s race-ready interior.

This highly specialized machine is supposedly the most powerful track-only vehicle ever built by McLaren, brandishing a powertrain with 986 bhp. But aside from oodles of giddy up the car also features other enhancements designed to improve its lap times.

The cockpit is more purposeful and driver-focused than the road-going model. With one exception all non-essential features were stripped out in an effort to cut weight and improve lap times. Engineers decided to keep the air conditioning system so drivers can retain a modicum of comfort during strenuous races.

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Just like its street-capable sibling the McLaren P1 GTR is built around a carbon-fiber structure, a “MonoCage” in company parlance. The vehicle’s upper and lower structures are included in this piece, as is the roof snorkel, air intake, battery housing and more. Amazingly it weighs just 90 kg, less than 200 pounds yet it still meets FIA load requirements for GT racing.

The car’s steering wheel has been modeled after the one in the company’s 2008 Formula 1 championship winning MP4-23. To make everything within easy reach it’s loaded with various buttons and switches.

The driver is strapped into a special DTM-style seat with a six-point racing harness. Can you tell this is a serious machine? McLaren is still evaluating the P1 GTR having just successfully tested it in the desert heat of Bahrain.


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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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