Model: P1 GTR
Top Speed: 225 mph
0-60: 2.4 Seconds
EU Street Legal: YES
Under the wild exterior is the same carbon fiber monocage from the P1. Their first step was to remove all non-essential weight. The rear tail panel is gone, giving everyone a great view of the transmission and suspension. Above that is a fixed rear spoiler that is as high as the roofline. Up front, the headlights are the only item shared with the P1. All four wheel openings are wider, so the front splitter is nearly twice as large. It channels air to a larger radiator and the active aerodynamic ducts on either side. Winglets behind the front wheels tame the turbulence from the 10.5” wide rubber. Wider cooling intakes on the rear quarter panels keep the 13” wide tires inside the slipstream. The forged wheels are center-lock for quick changes on pit road. From the front splitter to the larger rear diffuser, a carbon fiber belly pan runs the length of the car to provide smooth airflow. This is just one of the ways the P1 GTR offers 1,445 lbs of downforce. You won’t find any mufflers, because the exhaust consists of two Inconel pipes from the turbos.
If you are looking for leather or Alcantara, this is not the car for you. The Monocage is exposed in all its beauty, and it is joined by carbon fiber race seats. These FIA-compliant units are ready for your Hans device and include 6-point racing harnesses. The steering wheel is borrowed from McLaren’s F1 team. It has controls for the DRS and IPAS system that are built to be handled with racing gloves. Thankfully, the air conditioning system was retained. The rollbar is part of the upper monocage, so you have no less headroom than the normal P1. Even so, the Monocage only weighs 198 lbs.
McLaren’s 3.8-liter V8 engine is a compact powerhouse. It was built by Nissan’s NISMO division to win the Indy Racing League championship, but Nissan managers pulled the plug before their car was finished. McLaren purchased the rights and perfected the design. Even without the hybrid assist, the turbos allow 80% of torque to be available around 2,000 rpm. Instead of looking to a supplier, McLaren built their own electric motor/generator that is directly driven from the transmission input shaft. It is rated at 177 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. It stores energy in a battery pack behind the cockpit.
It can either be charged by regenerative braking or in 2 hours from a 240v plug. You will have 20 miles of electric cruising if you don’t want to scare the public.