Two decades after the McLaren F1 GTR swept the board at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the McLaren P1 GTR will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in production form. The striking track-only model is finished in a livery inspired by one of the most iconic colour schemes of modern-day motorsport, in homage to a car which has reserved its own place in history – the yellow and green McLaren F1 GTR, chassis #06R. The livery is inspired by the Harrods-sponsored McLaren F1 racer, one of seven that competed at Le Mans in 1995, one of which was driven to the podium by Derek Bell.
While the livery attempts to draw a direct line between the race-prepped F1 GTR and the track-ready P1 GTR, it really just shows how far McLaren have come. The P1 GTR is a technological marvel, lacking perhaps the mechanical purity of the old F1 but making up for it with an overabundance of performance.
As many as 30 P1 GTR cars will be built and offered only to the 375 owners of the P1.
In the second of the ‘Le Mans Memories’ video series celebrating the 20th anniversary of our remarkable victory, Jeff Hazell, sometimes referred to as ‘the Godfather of the F1 GTR’, and the man responsible for McLaren’s support and technical back-up to customer racing teams talks about the Mclaren F1.