EXTREME HEAT

New details of the unique McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme are revealed, as the ultimate track-focused hypercar continues its test programme in Bahrain.

 
 
Three months after the design concept was unveiled at Pebble Beach, exciting new details continue to emerge on the McLaren P1™ GTR.
 
Our latest images capture an uncamouflaged prototype testing some aerodynamic and cooling updates during an exhaustive development programme; and we can now reveal the McLaren P1™ GTR’s driver-focussed interior, complete with Formula 1-inspired steering wheel.  More details have also been finalised on the bespoke McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme, which ensures all owners extract the ultimate performance from both the car and themselves.

 

Based on the incredible road-going McLaren P1™, the track-only variant is the first McLaren to use the iconic GTR moniker since the McLaren F1 GTR – winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995.  It takes the highly advanced Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) powertrain found in the McLaren P1™  to the next level, boosting power from 916PS to an astonishing 1000PS.  Other developments include a large fixed rear wing with Formula 1-derived Drag Reduction System (DRS), race-prepared suspension, and a centrally mounted Inconel and titanium alloy exhaust.
 
Complementing the uncompromising exterior changes, the McLaren P1™ GTR’s interior will also be uniquely distinctive.  The carbon fibre MonoCage at the core remains, weighing just 90kg and forming a rigid safety cell around the driver.  However, special attention has been paid to make the McLaren P1™ GTR’s cabin as driver-focussed as possible, with all but essential items stripped out to further minimise weight.
 
All this has been achieved without compromising comfort or safety.  Unlike many track cars, for instance, driver headroom is not sacrificed, because the ‘rollcage’ is incorporated into the MonoCage which is already capable of meeting FIA  load requirements for rollover in the GT racing category.  The air-conditioning system is also retained, to ensure the driver remains comfortable, no matter how intense the driving experience.

The centrepiece of the interior is the all-new steering wheel. It is unique to the McLaren P1™ GTR and is clearly inspired by the steering wheels of our Formula 1 racing cars. All the key controls, including those for the DRS and IPAS systems, are positioned in the centre of the wheel, making them easily accessible, even when wearing a helmet and gloves. Further changes include DTM-style seats with HANS-approved carbon seat shells and six-point harnesses for both driver and passenger. The seats will be positioned to each individual driver’s requirements, and mounted directly to the chassis, saving weight.
 
This level of personalisation is a key feature of this car – a unique McLaren P1™ GTR Driver Programme has been created, forming an integral part of the ownership experience. As Paul Mackenzie, McLaren P1™ GTR Programme Director explains, ‘The programme is about enabling our drivers to get the most out of both the McLaren P1™ GTR and themselves. Before they get out on track, each driver will join us at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) and have unprecedented access to our cutting-edge facilities, including the racing simulator. They’ll build up a greater understanding of the car’s capabilities and true performance, as well as learning braking and turn-in points before they arrive at the circuit. It also allows them to analyse and discuss their performance ahead of testing themselves in the real-world situation.
 
‘It is a programme that has been developed over the years for our Formula 1 team and young drivers. It’s not just about fitness, but looks at the full wellbeing of the driver, preparing them mentally and physically for the adrenaline of an unforgettable track experience.’
 

After their initial training at the MTC, owners will tackle some of the world’s most iconic Grand Prix racing circuits, with six exclusive events during the first year of the programme alone.  Drivers will have a dedicated McLaren team responsible for running their car, including a personal driving coach and head engineer, who will work through telemetry and video analysis to hone driving skills and optimise lap times.  This one-to-one tuition will be tailored to suit each driver’s ability. 
 
Meanwhile, the development programme continues to progress rapidly, with further tests scheduled over the winter. 
 
 
Visit the models area for more on the McLaren P1™
 

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