McLaren P1 GTR Hot Weather Test Bahrain Sept 2014

As you may have already known, McLaren is in the midst of completing the extreme McLaren P1 GTR, which will take over the fabled F1 GTR. The exterior concept design was unveiled last August in Monterey but now the supercar maker is giving a sneak peek to the inside of the track machine. On top of that, the company is also announcing a bespoke driver programme for the customers.

McLaren P1 GTR Prototype 08

Looking at the very first photo of the interior, it is clear that McLaren aims to have the lightest possible track car. The cabin has been stripped out leaving only the essentials such as the instrument panel, centre console and air-conditioning. The carbon fibre MonoCage chassis weighs just 90 kg including the roof, roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing.

The P1 GTR comes with a newly developed steering wheel, which has been designed based on the steering wheel of the championship-winning MP4-23 F1 car. It allows the drivers to tailor the characteristics of the car without having to take their hands off the wheel. They’ll sit on lightweight DTM-style carbon fibre seats that come with full six-point harnesses.

The team recently flown to Bahrain to test the P1 GTR and all the features it comes with, including the upgraded IPAS powertrain, Pirelli slick tyres and the rear wing’s Drag Reduction System (DRS).

McLaren P1 GTR Hot Weather Test Bahrain Sept 2014

Meanwhile, customers who sign up for the driver programme will have access to numerous facilities including the racing simulator at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. Customers will also have the chance to drive on F1-certified tracks across the globe with their own race crew.

 



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