READY TO REV: McLaren has announced its production-ready model P1 GTR will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Image: Newspress / McLaren
• Debut set for ‘15 Geneva auto show
• 515kW/tonne power-to-weight ratio
• Motorsport-derived weight-savings
• P1 GTR Driver Programme
LONDON, England – Mclaren has announced the development programme for its most powerful and most exclusive model yet has been stepped up with the limited-edition McLaren P1 GTR being put through its paces across Europe and in the Middle East.
The track-only model will make its global debut in production form at the 2015 Geneva auto show in March, ahead of production later this year and the launch development of McLaren's Driver Programme in the next few months.
VIDEO: McLaren P1 GTR 2015 teaser
IMAGE GALLERY: McLaren G1 GTR
As testing continues, the McLaren P1 GTR looks set to be one of the fastest to ever wear the famous McLaren ‘speed mark’, claims the automaker. Through significant weight-saving measures and track-optimisation of the petrol-electric powertrain, the P1 GTR will boast a power-to-weight ratio increase in excess of 10% over the road-going model, to more than 515kW per tonne.
This, says McLaren, has been achieved using motorsport-derived technology and expertise, with the track-only model completing thousands of kilometres of extreme testing at several UK and European locations, as well as a demanding testing schedule in the extreme heats of Bahrain and Qatar, with chief test driver Chris Goodwin at the wheel.
These tests have pushed the performance of the car to its limits, believes McLaren and have been designed to further enhance cooling and aerodynamics over the design concept previewed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during 2014.
The dedicated development programme will continue at the relentless pace over the coming months to further tune the performance, aerodynamics, driving dynamics and handling balance to ensure the McLaren P1 GTR lives up to the iconic ‘GTR’ title, made famous by the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winner 20 years ago.
In the coming weeks, the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme will get underway, with drivers invited to the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK to start the journey which will see them experience some of the world’s most iconic racing circuits behind the wheel of one of the most extreme limited-run track cars ever built.
The production-intent McLaren P1 GTR will make its global debut on Stand 1240, Hall 1 at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show.