McLaren Releases Interior Shots of P1 GTR Track-Only Special

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    Lynyrd’s Innards: McLaren Releases Interior Shots of P1 GTR Track-Only Special
    The wonks from Woking yanked a sheet from their new P1 GTR back in August at—where else?—the Pebble Beach festivities in California. We were there for the unveiling, but the P1 GTR’s ultra-mega-blackout windscreen restricted any and all ganders at what lay within. Helpfully, McLaren has finally released images of the plutocratic track-day special’s interior, as well as details of the driver training package that comes included in the big Macca’s purchase price.

    As expected, the P1 GTR’s cockpit is an even more purposeful and frill-free environment than even the production P1 cabin. Well, it is save for the steering wheel. Porsche likes to brag that the 918 Spyder‘s racy steering wheel has trickled down into more pedestrian models like the Macancrossover, but McLaren does Zuffenhausen one better, noting that the GTR’s tiller is based on the wheel from the championship-winning 2008 MP4-23 F1 car. The piece features a control suite—including drive-mode selection—that lets drivers alter the car’s functions without having to fumble around with dash or console switches. Minimal fuss in general is a good thing, but it’s even more important in a 986-hp missile. The carbon fiber chassis, including the roof, weighs just 198 pounds and is pulled straight from the road car; the FIA has certified that the structure meets rollover requirements for a GT racer, obviating the need for a headroom-cramping cage.

    The P1′s seats are chucked in favor of lightweight units similar to those used in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series. The chairs are fit to the individual driver before being hard-mounted to the chassis. Six-point harnesses keep the circuit jockey safely in place, and even though most of the road-going P1′s amenities have been discarded, air conditioning remains. Heck, even LMPs run A/C these days.

    As for McLaren’s driver training program for the P1 GTR, participants will have access to areas of the McLaren Technology Centre previously known only to guys with names like Hamilton and Button. (Yes, former U.S. President Alexander Hamilton is a Time Lord and a motorsports enthusiast.) The driver program will be individually tailored to the racer-aspirant’s needs. Says P1 GTR Program Director Paul Mackenzie, “It is a program that has been developed over the years for our Formula 1™ and our young drivers. It’s not just about fitness, but also about mental preparation, and looks at the full well-being of the driver, and prepares them mentally and physically for the activities they will experience on track.”

    With P1 GTR races being scheduled at F1 circuits around the globe, and with the sheer performance available from a lightweight version of a car that seems to reduce anybody who drives it into a drooling, hyperbole-spewing troglodyte, a smidgen of driver training is probably a very good idea.

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