At a weekend that celebrates the achievements of the fabulous F1 GTR with the biggest collection of the renowned McLaren sports racers ever assembled, it’s fantastic also to be able to drool over the 1990s hero’s modern-day successor – the magnificently mental McLaren P1 GTR.
The Harrods livery-inspired track-only special is even more awesome in the carbon than in reports we’ve seen from its motorshow airings – so we asked the chaps at McLaren to wheel it out of its paddock shelter early this morning in an attempt to get some pictures clear of its thronging admirers!
It’s one of a trio of development P1 GTR’s currently in existence, as customer car builds don’t start until May. ‘Ours’ is chassis XP7, which followers of such detail will know has seen recent action on track in Qatar, and which shares a similar livery to the car shown at the Geneva motor show earlier this month. The latter example is also destined to appear soon at the New York show, and the third P1 GTR was that revealed at Pebble Beach last year in Blue and Orange.
XP7 started life as a ‘regular’ P1 development chassis, and bore the brunt of most of the model’s hot weather testing before being rebuilt as a GTR prototype. The colour-scheme was chosen in part to help inspire customers to think about livery options for their own cars – we’re told the first lucky punters are being welcomed to the factory ‘about now’ for seat fittings, and an appointment with McLaren head of design Frank Stephenson to discuss paint options.
It’s well known that access to the P1 GTR owners’ club will set owners back £1.98m, and those who want to get their money’s worth are already starting a programme of driver training that includes seat time in the super-secret test simulator at McLaren’s Woking HQ. There’ll be a track event at Silverstone this summer where owners will be offered the chance to hone skills in a McLaren 650S, and their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the P1 GTR will be Catalunya towards the end of the year.
That event is likely to feature up to 15 of the 1,000PS P1GTRs on track together – which is going to be spectacular!
Photography: Adam Beresford