Presented by Mecum Auctions – The sensation of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, McLaren’s stunning P1 plug-in hybrid sports car demonstrated the company’s commitment to road-car production. Sales commenced in October 2013 along a strictly limited production run, with orders for all 375 cars spoken for within a month. Competing directly with the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari by Ferrari, the P1 helped ignite the elite-level, extreme-performance “Hypercar” rivalry of the mid-2010s.
Based on a carbon monocoque chassis at its core weighing just 90 kilograms and equipped with extremely lightweight components throughout, the P1 remains a cutting-edge demonstrator for McLaren’s wide array of race-derived technologies. Power is delivered by a P1-specific, 3.8L twin-turbocharged and intercooled V-8 engine delivering a peak 727 HP at 7,300 engine revolutions with a flat-plane crankshaft, in concert with a single electric motor raising the P1’s total output to a mind-blowing 903 HP factory rating, good for a 217 MPH top speed. Despite electrifying track-worthy performance credentials, the P1 is quite luxurious and equipped with many passenger amenities. The track-focused P1 GTR was produced after the 375th and final P1 road car was assembled.
This P1 GTR is Car No. 26 of only 35 produced, and the model was initially available only to existing P1 owners. Performance is massive, with power delivered by a midmounted, twin-turbocharged 3.8L/986 HP V-8 engine and electric motor hybrid powertrain. Amazing additional features include the ERS-style “push-to-pass” system, a large fixed rear wing featuring a Formula 1-derived Drag Reduction System, and fixed ride height on a race-prepared suspension system over a set of 19-inch center-lock motorsport alloy wheels mounting Pirelli tires. Additionally, wing mirrors have been repositioned to the A-pillars, placing them closer to the driver’s line of sight and to cut aerodynamic drag. Side windows are of space-age Polycarbonate material and spent exhaust gases are removed by an exposed, centrally mounted GTR-exclusive Inconel and Titanium alloy exhaust system. Just 120 miles have been accumulated, and this instant racing legend is also instantly collectible.
This 2015 McLaren P1 GTR will be auctioned off during Mecum Auctions’ Monterey 2021 event, which runs August 12 to 14.