McLaren P1 XP2R DetailColor us befuddled. This is a McLaren P1, circling the Nürburgring. Not too out of the ordinary, right? Well, direct your attention to the very last photo in our gallery of spy shots (also conveniently located to the right), and notice the graphic: XP2R Prototype Vehicle.

Is this a new McLaren that's powered by an ion engine? Perhaps it burns refined goat milk rather than gas? The reality is likely far less spectacular. The XP2R is almost certainly the testbed for a more potent version of the already freakishly quick McLaren P1, or perhaps even a prototype of an upcoming endurance car to take the place of the 12C racer.

We're leaning towards the former rather than the latter, simply due to the seeming lack of racing-specific bits. The windows look like glass, rather than Lexan, and the aerodynamics package looks too close to stock to be for racing. There's also no evidence of racing-spec safety features in the cabin, although it's difficult to tell for certain from these images.

Or maybe McLaren just trotted out an old prototype of the P1 so we'd jump all over it and some engineers in the UK could have a laugh. Whatever the XP2R is, we're keeping our ears to the ground for any additional info and we'll be sure to update you as soon as possible.


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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      That front end is asking, Why So Serious (TM)?
      FRD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is that a toilet seat on the back?
      wonky donky.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're still not getting this name thing, are they? Can't they just call it something evocative like "Snotrocket"?
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty confident the McLaren P1 will go down as one of the greatest in history.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      My guess is that it's an "old" development prototype of the P1, which makes sense because they probably don't have too many production spec ones on hand, and those ones (all 2 I believe) make appearances at auto shows and promotional events (like the Forza booth at E3). It's way too early to be working on a higher performance street version when nobody outside of a few people in Mclaren HQ know exactly how capable the P1 actually is around a track or in a straight line. Frankly, I really doubt they would make a harder core street legal P1 unless it first becomes an endurance racer. I would really like to see Mclaren enter something P1 based in Le Mans, preferably in the (surprise?) LMP1 class, leave the GTE and GT3 stuff to the MP4-12C.
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      mclaren have done an amazing job combining aero and design on this beast. other than this p1 i havent seen a car blend form and function so perfectly
      Zack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Silver is DEFINITELY this mac's best shade . . .
      • 1 Year Ago
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      ShutoSteve
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a prototype for the not-yet-in-production regular P1. The F1 also had a similar program, where it had XP1, and XP2/XP3 cars. XP1 was for engine (if I recall correctly) and built off an Ultima platform, whereas XP2 was a full body silver prototype with the engine, and XP3 was the full pre-production prototype in green.
        YuanGS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Sorry Shuto Steve, your memory is not so correct. Two test mule beds for McLaren F1 are Albert and Edward. Both use McLaren chassis and Ultima body. Albert is a transmission test mule with a Chevy V8 due to its similar torque output. Edward is a full test bed with S70/2 BMW V12 NA engine and the in house transmission. The XP1 to XP3 are not so clear in my memory, one of them should be a silver body MF1 with rear view mirror on the top of A column (supposed to be XP3). That car showed up lots of times in countless magazines. The British racing green is the XP5, which also set the speed record for production vehicle in 1998. BTW, McLaren F1 still holds the Fastest NA engine production vehicle title in the world Guinness Record Book.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonder how fast it did the Nürburgring lap? Looks good.
      Justin B.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The P1 looks better every time I see it. The best of the new supercars in my opinion.
      • 1 Year Ago
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