Lanzante Ltd. first became globally synonymous with the McLaren name when it ran the semi-works McLaren F1 GTR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. Following the 28 examples of the F1 GTR, McLaren built another six examples of the F1 LM, kept one and sold the other five – each based on the GTR’s specs but modified for road use.
21 years later, Lanzante has created the McLaren P1 LM – its first limited production road car and a development of the most recent models to be produced within McLaren’s Ultimate Series. Intended to be the quickest, rarest and last of the P1 variants, the P1 LM is road legal yet offers even more performance than the McLaren P1 GTR.
A further five production cars will be produced: one in dark grey like the prototype, the other four in orange. All are expected to be delivered to customers in January 2017.
The biggest change is to the engine hardware producing additional boost and hybrid power in order to maintain the McLaren P1 GTR’s 1000PS (986bhp). This is achieved while still using 99-octane fuel. The engine bay features gold plated heat shielding while the catalytic convertor pipes and exhaust headers are made using the exotic ‘super-alloy’ Inconel saving 4.5 kg. Furthermore, the charge coolers will be produced with even more efficient cores to maintain power at higher run temperatures.
The LM will be 60kg lighter than the P1 GTR. This is thanks to the removal of race parts such as the air-jack system, and changing to light weight options. This means seats from the McLaren F1 GTR, an updated exhaust, lightweight fabricated charge coolers, lexan windows, and the use of titanium bolts and fixings.
The P1 LM but will feature increased aero from a modified rear wing, and larger front splitter and dive planes. Together the changes give a predicted increase in downforce of 40%. Wheels and tires are unique to the P1 LM but the Race Active Chassis Control and major parts of the McLaren P1 GTR are retained. The final set up of the cars will be completed by Kenny Brack at the Nürburgring circuit.
Inside the cabin exposed carbon fiber covers the entire dashboard, instrument cowl, seat backs, roof, door cards, center console and even the floor mats. Air conditioning is included as standard. Orange Alcantara is used for the seat inserts and door pulls on the orange cars, black on the grey examples. Five point seat belts are also fitted.
The Alcantara trimmed steering wheel is unique to the P1 LM and is a modified version of that used in the 2008 championship winning McLaren MP4/23 driven by Lewis Hamilton.
The P1 LM will be supplied with a full tool kit including a torque wrench, wheel socket and a diagnostics tablet. Included, too, will be a tailored car cover and battery charging system. Owners will also be treated to a 1:8 scale model of their car and framed rendering.
However given the extensive modifications and the $2 million or so McLaren charge for the P1 GTR in the first place, we are not able to gauge how much one might cost.