McLaren P1 GTR Photobombs “Standard” P1, Explaining the Need For a Street-Legal P1 GTR

McLaren P1 GTR Photobombs “Standard” P1 1 photo
Photo: Shmee150 on Facebook
Back in April when word spread out about a British third-party planning to build a street-legal version of the McLaren P1 GTR, many raised their eyebrows higher than Woking's track-confined animal. Well, perhaps we can bring some sense into this story with the help of the pic above.
Yes, this is a P1 GTR photobombing a “standard” P1 that was trying to take a nice family photo with a lesser McLaren creations. People with raised eyebrows wondered why those who owned both versions (the racer was only sold to P1 owners) would want to spend a small fortune on a third action connected to the same machine.

Well, to our eyes, this photo, which comes from Shmee150, represents the owner of both cars expressing his buying intent for the conversion package. For the record, these cars belong to Nasser Al Thani, a member of the Qatar Royal Family, who’s had more automotive adventures than we can count over the years.

Returning to the P1 GTR’s road conversion, this will be handled by British specialist Lanzante. The company has been working with McLaren in F1 for over two decades now, and while Woking won’t be officially involved in this, the automaker is expected to offer its support for the process.

While the exact specs of the street-legal P1 haven’t been offered, the treats of the racecar will obviously be preserved. This means owners will still be able to enjoy the reduced weight, the extra grunt, and the superior aerodynamics.

To get an idea of the difference between the road- and the track-destined flavors of the P1, we’ll mention the first offers 521 hp per ton, while the later takes things to 685 hp per ton.

So we can assume that these owners will sell their standard P1s, right? First of all, we can’t be sure of anything when it comes to this stratospheric segment of the market. Moreover, since only 40+ units of the P1 GTR have been built, we can’t expect too many road-going cars in the end.
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