Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


Look inside the McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.

Look inside the McLaren P1 GTR
First interior pictures of the McLaren P1 GTR released as the car completes testing in Bahrain.
<< earlier article     later article >>


News homepage

Newer articles featuring 2015 McLaren P1

2015-02-18: Le Mans livery for McLaren P1 GTR
2015-01-22: Geneva debut for McLaren P1 GTR

What's this all about?

McLaren has released the first interior photos of the P1 GTR, showing the stripped-out cabin of the company's 'most powerful track only model'. There is also an update on the testing programme, conducted in Bahrain.

What do you get?

Inspiration for the interior apparently comes from the McLaren MP4-23 Formula 1 car, an environment that is driver-focused and free from non-essentials. Because of the strength of the carbon fibre 'MonoCage' chassis - shared with the road car - there is no need for a conventional roll cage, which would restrict headroom. All the controls are concentrated on the steering wheel for easy access. The design team has also ensured that all controls can be operated by a driver in full race suit, helmet and gloves.

McLaren's customers are probably used to having things made to measure and the P1 GTR is no exception; DTM-style seats are mounted directly to the chassis - saving the weight of adjustable mountings - to fit the intended driver. Despite the spartan interior GTR owners aren't expected to work up a sweat as air conditioning is fitted as standard.

What about the testing?

In the desert heat of the Bahrain International Circuit an undisguised black GTR was put through its paces by McLaren's development drivers. The company's engineers and technicians investigated the performance of the IPAS powertrain, handling balance on Pirelli slick tyres and the aerodynamic performance of the fixed wing and Formula 1-style Drag Reduction system. It is reported that the P1 GTR met or exceeded all the targets set for the testing. Further test mileage will be clocked up in Europe through the winter.

Anything else?

Owning a P1 GTR won't be a matter of just going to your local McLaren dealer and signing a very large cheque. Customers will be enrolled in the 'McLaren P1 GTR driver programme' and get access to parts of the company's Technology Centre that are usually off-limits. The object of the programme is to help drivers get the best out of themselves and the car. For the first year McLaren has arranged six events at Formula 1 circuits around the world with a race team supplied for each driver, including a driver coach and head engineer to work on honing the driver's technique and the set-up of the car.

John Lambert - 23 Oct 2014

Earlier articles featuring 2015 McLaren P1

2014-06-16: McLaren GTR lives again

2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.

2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.2015 McLaren P1 GTR. Image by McLaren.    - McLaren road tests
- McLaren news
- P1 images

High-performance Panameras at the double. Image by Porsche.
Porsche unveils new Panamera GTS and Turbo S E-Hybrid models
Porsche turns up the heat with a pair of sharper luxury executives.
Porsche beefs up Macan range with two new models. Image by Porsche.
Two new models added to Porsche Macan line
The single-motor, entry-level Macan and the 516hp 4S join Porsche’s electric SUV line-up, from £67,200.
Audi turns the A4 into all-new A5. Image by Audi.
Audi switches A4 into the A5
Rebadging protocol means the Audi A5 saloon and Avant are the new challengers for the BMW 3 Series.

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition
 FAB Design

 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo
 Nichols Cars

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 The Little Car Company
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive


External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2024 ©