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  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren
  • Image Credit: McLaren



Start drawing parallels between Ferrari and McLaren and you're not likely to be left with much white space on the page when you're done. Both are Formula One racing teams first and foremost, and only started building cars for the road once they'd proven themselves on the racetrack. They both top the leaderboards for the most F1 championships, and have probably swapped more drivers (not to mention sponsors) than any other teams on the grid, but have both fallen behind in recent years and fired their team principals as a result. Their road-going supercars compete for largely the same customers, from the ~$250k, mid-engined V8s of the 458 and 650S all the way up to the latest million-dollar, 900-plus-horsepower hybrid hypercars. But Ferrari is a bigger company and has been in the game much longer, and as a result offers its customers two things that McLaren does not. One is front-engined GTs like the F12 Berlinetta, FF and California. The other is the exclusive XX track program. While McLaren may be showing no intention of taking on the former, the latter could be in the cards.

In correspondence with Autoblog, McLaren spokesman Wayne Bruce confirmed a report from Autocar stating that, following requests from a number of P1 owners, the company has contacted all 375 buyers to gauge interest in a dedicated track-only version of the P1.

Similar to the Ferrari FXX or the upcoming LaFerrari XX, the P1 Track would be set up specifically for the circuit. According to Bruce, "the P1 'Track' will have (even) more power and (even) torque than the road legal P1. It will also have (even) more extreme, aero tuned styling and an (even) more minimalist interior." All of which sounds pretty promising, considering the starting point is a hybrid hypercar with 903 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque on tap. But that's not all: "McLaren will organise a series of track events dedicated to the P1 'Track' and its owners. There will be one-to-one driver training for this very exclusive group, too." In other words, a similar approach to what Ferrari takes with its top clients, only likely without the pretense of paying to serve as a factory test driver.

Production of the P1 Track would only start once all 375 road-going versions were completed, and though "the number to be produced has not been established yet... we envisage it being in the low double digits," with application open exclusively to existing P1 owners.



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      Slideways
      • 8 Months Ago
      It would be pretty damn awesome if they had some kind of hypercar racing series. LaFerrari XX, track versions of 918, P1, Huarya, Agera, etc. That's just a dream though.
        aeollo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Slideways
        Absolutely! They always claim to be rivals without actually competing on the track! How cool can that be to put the P1 Track against LaFerrari XX? Imagine that an updated version of the Zonda R and track only Koenigsegg One:1 join the game?
      Double-T
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not sure I understand these track only cars. Do these buyers actually take them to a track, or do they park it in a garage and stare at it? Maybe I'm just too much of a working stiff to get it.
        imag
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Double-T
        Pointless. Any number of race cars will kick in the teeth of the LaFerrari or the P1 on track. The whole reason these cars cost so much is that they can be driven on the street. Making them track cars is just ridiculous. But people want to pay lots of money to have something that costs lots of money, so there's that.
      LW
      • 8 Months Ago
      why can't they just put more boost into that turbo, put a new set of skins on it and call it a completely different model....like the successor to the P1.
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, since the 1% replaced our 100% guaranteed Pensions with underfunded 401k plans, then yes, they can afford to buy a car they trailer and run only on a track. The only place you can really use the power of this exotic machine. Seems to me to make Perfect Sense. And parking it in a special room too.
        TruthHertz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        That's why you find a private sector/non-unionized job where you don't worry about pensions. You invest your money in any retirement fund you choose or hide it under a mattress. Then nobody can take it away. Want some cheese to go with that whine?
          LW
          • 8 Months Ago
          @TruthHertz
          and 1/3 of that 'investment' disappears into fees, in case you have not caught up with the research on all those 'funds'
      Brodz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can't be outdone by Ferrari with their XX versions.
      imag
      • 8 Months Ago
      Palatov should send a decent driver in a D1 to one of these track days and show how ridiculous this all is. A D1 would be way more fun, with a tenth of the upfront and running costs. http://www.palatov.com/cars/d1.html
      GasMan
      • 8 Months Ago
      McLaren has to make money somewhere since their Formula 1 program is going nowhere and they can't attract a big buck sponsor. And yes this car will get driven on the track on the rare occasion. The owner buys the car, leaves it with McLaren who schedules private test days at places like Silverstone or Abu Dhabi. The owner flies in (private jet) and spends the day with the McLaren private client team who try to keep him from crashing it. Then he takes a few selfies and flies home to New York / London / Dubai / Shanghai. Its all very choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
      Surya De
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can't believe there are commenters here hating on a more hardcore P1. You should celebrate that we have bonkers cars like this that is taking green tech and using it to go even quicker!
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