This McLaren P1 GTR could be your next daily – if your wallet is big enough
It's a track only monster tamed for the road
The regular McLaren P1 is a legendary car in its own right. As part of the holy trinity of hybrid hypercars along with the Ferrari LaFerarri and Porsche 918 Spyder, it was one of the most powerful and fastest production cars of its time with its combined output of 903 hp from its twin turbo V8 and electric motor.
However, there were some people who wanted a leaner, meaner and faster version of the P1 and that's where this absolute monster of a hypercar comes in. This is a McLaren P1 GTR. Only 58 of these were ever made and they were so hardcore they were only supposed to be for track use. That didn't stop some people having a go at making them road legal though, and this P1 in particular (chassis #18) is one of them. One of 28 road legal P1 GTRs, in fact.
Photo: McLaren London
So how do you make a McLaren P1 GTR road legal? Well, it took a specialist company (Lanzante Motorsport) and a few little tweaks. This road-legalized P1 GTR had a handbrake, turn signals, catalytic converters and street legal tyres fitted to it to allow it to pass safety and emissions regulations, as well as having the ride height increased.
The power output and performance of the crazy machine however remains unchanged. The P1 GTR pushes out 986 hp as opposed to the regular P1's 903 and it'll shoot from 0-60 in less than 2.5 seconds before going on to a top speed of 225 mph. It's also still got all the customary fancy aero, which'll no doubt give you some serious performance even in a road-legal configuration. It also still has the F1-style steering wheel that it had as a track only car – there's definitely been no attempt to hide the absolute track monster it can be!
Photo: McLaren London
Making cars like this that are supposed to be track only road legal isn't a phenomenon that's exclusive to the P1 GTR.
There is a road legal version of the Aston Martin Vulcan in existence that's been very well documented. It was converted by RML group with the full support of Aston Martin and features a pair of headlights (the regular track only Vulcan doesn't have proper ones, only tiny LED running lights), side mirrors sourced from the DB11 and other basic things that the Vulcan normally doesn't have such as wipers with washers and central locking.
Like the P1 GTR it was required to meet emissions standards – this meant that an entirely new exhaust system had to be fitted. The gear ratios were re-calibrated to make the car easier to live with on the road and the suspension was made more comfortable. The front splitter was made quite a bit shorter as well the design of the bonnet being modified to meet safety requirements.
Seeing as there was quite clearly a demand for something like this from another manufacturer, it makes sense that a specialist company would offer up a road legal version of another hardcore track machine.
What happens when the Aston Martin Vulcan gets the same road-friendly treatment as the McLaren P1 GTR... (Photo: Lovecars)
Chassis #18 only has 179 miles on the clock (that makes it not even run in!) and is currently looking for a new home.
It's still listed by McLaren London (via Jardine Motors) at the eye-watering price of £3 million (around $3.8 million). That's a significant amount more than it would take for you to get your hands on a Senna or a Speedtail.
Is that huge amount of money worth it to get one of the coolest and most desirable racing cars on the planet in a road legal form you could take for a blast down your favourite B-road? I'd definitely say it is! If you have that kind of money to spend, that is...