SEP 05th 2014

McLaren P1 GTR prototype plays 'spot the race track'

We’re not doing very well here. We think we’ve spotted Silverstone and Suzuka, but we wouldn’t like to lay money on it…

McLaren’s race track-inspired wrap is a pretty tough visual riddle (how many circuits can you spot?), but as automotive ‘camouflage’ the vinyl on McLaren’s P1 GTR prototype doesn’t do a very good job of disguising the new model’s exterior. Still, McLaren has already showed us what ‘the ultimate track driver’s’ car is going to look like with a static reveal of a full-size model at Pebble Beach last month (scroll down for links) so disguise probably wasn’t really the point of these first action pictures.

Yes, McLaren has just published the first official images of the P1 GTR on track (at Snetterton – is that in the wrap? Come to think of it, are we?!), along with a rather brief update on the car’s development programme. Apparently things have so far been focused on the powertrain enhancements (the slated power increase is to 986bhp) and the next stage of development will cover aerodynamics.

McLaren tell us that testing will continue over the winter months in order to ensure the GTR is ready to roll next year when production of the 375th and final P1 road car is completed.

That, of course, sets us up for a P1 GTR launch timed perfectly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Le Mans win by the McLaren F1 GTR.

If they’re having a launch party at Le Mans, we hope we’re invited!

The McLaren P1 GTR design concept will make its European premiere at this weekend’s Chantilly Arts & Elegance concours. McLaren is also taking the opportunity to reveal an MSO-tweaked 650S Coupe, featuring a Pearl White metallic finish extended to the sort of exterior bits that people used to pay extra to have finished in carbon… looks cool though, n’est ce pas?


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