McLaren P1 LM to Storm 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

McLaren Automotive has a lot of goodies in store for this year’s edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the place that celebrates high-octane excess. Other than the James Hunt-inspired P1 GTR, the track-focused 570S Sprint, and old-school racing cars, the Woking-based automaker will bring the jaw-dropping McLaren P1 LM to play on Lord March’s lawn.
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But first, here’s a quick trip down memory lane. In 1995, McLaren produced six F1 GTRs in honor of the overall win at the 1995 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Five examples were made for customers, while the sixth chassis was christened XP1 LM and it remains in McLaren’s hands to this day. The McLaren P1 LM that’s slated to storm Goodwood is, for all intents and purposes, the factory prototype (a.k.a XP1 LM).

Including the experimental unit, McLaren and Lanzante will produce only six examples of the P1 LM. Customer deliveries are expected to take place early next year. Pricing? Hell knows, but something tells me that this street-legal brawler will be more expensive than the Lanzante road-going conversion for the P1 GTR. So, what makes the P1 LM so special other than the Long Tail handle and the extreme visual add-ons?

Well, it’s got plastic windows, lightweight seats, no air jacks, titanium bolts, and such. In total, the P1 LM is 60 kilograms lighter than the already bonkers P1 GTR. Moving on to the gold foil plating in the engine bay, the noble metal acts as a heat shield. After all, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant and electric motors produce a lot of heat. Speaking of which, this baby makes 1,000 PS or 986 bhp in old money.

The most impressive stat, however, is downforce. The upgraded aerodynamics, including the modified rear wing and front splitter, are there to ensure a 40 percent increase in downforce over the already mental P1 GTR. These said, the wildest McLaren P1 of all will be driven by Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack on the Goodwood hill climb. Be sure to tune in on Sunday to see (and hear) this beast do what it does best.


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