McLaren's customer racing scheme debuted earlier this week at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, with multiple customers mahandling their P1 GTR racecars on the country's F1 track.
If we are to follow McLaren's description, the program sounds a bit like space flight training - "The McLaren P1 GTR Driver Programme is the ultra-exclusive ownership programme, offering specialist driver training, human performance and access to the McLaren racing simulator ahead of on track activity. This programme has been designed to prepare each driver mentally and physically to allow them to fully exploit the abilities of the McLaren P1 GTR."
We'll remind you the track-confined incarnation of the P1 packs no less than 1,000 PS (986 hp), with the hybrid hypercar riding on Pirelli slicks.
The team of driver coaches that takes care of the customers is led by McLaren's Chief Test Driver, Chris Goodwin.
"The performance of each driver, and the improvements made over the course of the three days on track showed how effective the driver training programme in the build up to the event has been, and it proved to be a lot of fun! Every driver was close to the performance they showed on the simulator straight away, highlighting just how realistic the system is, and the bespoke nature of the programme, ensured each driver was engaged with the training at their individual levels," Goodwin said.
Bruno Senna, the nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, is the Driver Mentor for the program. The professional driver recently set a benchmark time, with two of the customer involved "proving competitive" in the attempt to get close to that target.
Now that Mclaren's scheme rivals Ferrari's Corse Clienti program, the British carmaker has announced the locations that follow, with these including Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia), Circuit of the Americas (North America), Silverstone (UK), Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy), Red Bull Ring (Austria), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Bahrain International Circuit (Bahrain), and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi).