Back in the 1990s, the McLaren F1 was so good that its racing variant, the F1 GTR, was able to mop the floor with dedicated prototype cars at Le Mans. Now they're doing something similar with their new hybrid halo car, the McLaren P1. That's right: There's gonna be a McLaren P1 GTR.
McLaren announced today that they are resurrecting the GTR name for a special track-only edition of the P1 that will share the name with its famous ancestor. It's a limited run model, set to go into production when the 375th and final example of the road-going P1 has been completed.
Details are scant at the moment besides that sketch above, but McLaren says the P1 GTR "will be designed and developed as the best drivers' car in the world on track." That means a price tag of 1.98 million British pounds, nearly 1,000 horsepower, and a full racing setup "with no need to comply with road legislation."
It's a fitting announcement for McLaren on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At that race in 1995, the F1 GTR finished first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th, and it was highly successful in the following two years.
Could McLaren bring their hybrid hypercar to Le Mans like they did in the 1990s? That sound you're hearing is Porsche, Audi and Toyota shaking in their boots right now.