Some of the highlights that define the 2017 McLaren P1 GTR include a track-focused powertrain and interior, improved air-conditioning, a full-customer racing program, and a tweaked suspension and braking. The McLaren P1 GTR release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2017, at least for the U.S.A market.
Here is a supercar that blends race-inspired technology, striking looks, and a gasoline-electric hybrid system for the purposes of yielding an unparalleled driving experience. Most of its chassis and body panel have mostly been constructed using lightweight materials such as Carbon fiber.
For starters, the new 2017 McLaren P1 GTR model takes the reigns as the successor of the iconic McLaren F1. The front fascia is highly-stylized, as are the boomerang-shaped logo, butterfly doors, and headlights. The exterior aerodynamics round up the dynamic looks that give the car a motion look even when at standstill.
Further aback, defining features include a functional air diffuser, LED taillights, a high-mounted center console, and a large spoiler. All these exterior features are carried by 10-spoke wheels that have been crafted out of high-strength aluminum. The rear wheels come with a diameter of 20” while those at the front are offered with 19” and are mounted with low-profile Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
2017 McLaren P1 GTR Interior & Exterior
Interior wise, the P1 comes with a driver-centric interior that doesn’t offer unnecessary buttons or switches on the dashboard. The exterior visibility offered by the deep wraparound windshield ensures the driver has maximum visibility.
In terms of weight reduction, engineers back at McLaren went into great lengths to lower the weight of the P1’s center console, floors, door panels, dashboard, and headliner thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber. To further push the envelope, the P1 doesn’t come standard with sound deadening materials, and has rid the top layer of resin on the carbon fiber.
The manually-adjustable bucket seats are crafted out of carbon fiber and are filled with minimal foam. According to McLaren, the reason they opted for the manually-adjusted bucket seats is due to the fact that multi-way adjustable setups usually add unnecessary pounds. But even with these weight-reduction techniques, the P1 still packs a considerable amount of convenience assortment including but not limited to a Meridian sound system, full climate control, satellite navigation, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The instrument cluster is updated and comes with a 3” TFT outer screen that is flanked by a 6.8” thin-film transistor central screen. These screens help in providing the driver with vital information about the P1’s surroundings, drivetrain, and specific menus of the different driving modes.
Three drive modes are offered: Instant Power Assist System, E-mode, and Active. According to McLaren, the Instant Power Assist System enables the powertrain to yield an output of a whopping 903 hp and 663 lbs. ft. of torque. With such an enormous power, the 2017 McLaren P1 GTR 0-60 mph takes a blistering three seconds, and effortlessly gains a top speed of 217 mph.
The E-mode allows the vehicle to operate as an electric car that is quieter and cleaner than most economy cars. When engaged, the transmission shifts automatically in order to reduce the overall performance and therefore preserve the energy.
Finally, the Active mode is primarily intended to improve the track worthiness of the vehicle. When engaged, it stiffens the suspension system and lowers the car. It also unlocks a plethora of other driver-activated features such as track and sport suspension settings.
Key competitors available in the same category as the 2017 McLaren P1 GTR include the Ferrari LA Ferrari XX, and the Pagani Huayra Nurburgring Edition, but with cars such as 2017 Porsche 911 and 2016 Corvette Z06 making their claim as well.
2017 McLaren P1 GTR Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 McLaren P1 GTR is a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V8 engine rated at 727 horsepower @7,500 rpm and 531 pounds-ft. of torque @4,000 rpm. A farther 176 hp and 190 pounds-feet of torque is produced with the 57-pound electric motor which can be integrated into the V8 engine.
The electric motor derives its inspiration from a 211 lbs. lithium-ion battery pack that’s designed to maximize on power delivery. More specs should be expected on its release date.
2017 McLaren P1 GTR Release Date & Price
According to various rumors, we should expect the vehicle to go for sale sometime in early 2017 with a starting price of $3,350,000.