Hampshire-based specialists Lanzante to convert track-specific McLaren to road-going spec
21 April 2015

The 986bhp McLaren P1 GTR will be converted for road use by British marque specialist Lanzante.

The Hampshire-based firm, which is renowned for its work on customer McLaren F1s and F1 GTRs, has decided to undertake the conversion work following demand from customers who have bought the track-only version of the P1 GTR from the factory.

More than 40 £1.98m P1 GTRs were sold, with the cars being offered to existing P1 road car owners only. The track car has a kerb weight of 1440kg, giving it around 685bhp per tonne. The level of standard modifications has not been revealed, nor the price of conversions, because of the complexity of customer requirements.

"We will be tackling all conversions on a case-by-case basis," said Dean Lanzante. "What we do will depend on where the customer wants to run the car and what the regulations are in that region. But whatever we do it will always be done sympathetically; the GTR has been built to be a step beyond the P1, we're trying to keep as much of that spirit as we can. It will still be lighter, have more power, better aero and so on."

Neither the McLaren factory nor its MSO division is directly involved but it is believed to have given the project its blessing and will co-operate with Lanzante to help ensure its success. "I wouldn't do anything to damage our relationship with McLaren, which we've built up over 20 years through our work on the F1," said Lanzante.

Work on the first conversion is expected to begin mid-year. The completion date will depend on how long the reglatory paperwork takes to be processed.

Reports have already suggested that the next generation, factory-developed P1 could be track-only as a result of tightening regulations restricting what’s possible for road-legal vehicles.

However, a final decision on the direction of the next P1 remains some way off. McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt has already stated that the firm won’t replace the current car until technological advances allow McLaren to make a significant step forwards in terms of performance.

As such, the next generation P1 is likely to centre on hybrid powertrain developments and is believed to be at least a decade from production.

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22 April 2015
No interest in it at all as a fake racing car/track only car, but as soon as it becomes road legal, I like it.

22 April 2015
Not for the first time, the mega rich leave me baffled. These customers already own a road-going P1, have a GTR because it isn't compromised for road use, and now wish to turn their GTR road legal too?

22 April 2015
The reason you are confused Scrap, is because like me, you are a car enthusiast. This is merely going to be part of a portfolio, not something to be actually enjoyed. Very limited special editions of already exotic machines will be kept in a vault as long term investments. Seems like a shame to me.

22 April 2015
Maybe not in that colour, eh? Colour blind or Norwich City supporting billionaires only need apply.

22 April 2015
Outoftowner1969 wrote:
Maybe not in that colour, eh? Colour blind or Norwich City supporting billionaires only need apply.
The colours are meant to represent the Harrods racing colours that the McLaren F1 used to race in.

22 April 2015
I should qualify my new-found enthusiasm by saying that if I had a road going one of these, I would of course dump the P1...

22 April 2015
I'd probably go the other way and keep the GTR as it is for track use and further develop the standard P1 so it didn't have to do the whole Jekyll an Hyde split personality thing. I always thought that as soon as an existing customer bought the GTR that they were effectively making one half of the P1's ability redundant as it's track setting is illegal for road use and if your planning to do a track day your going to use the very expensive car designed specifically for the task not the one that's a compromise. I'd personally take away the standard cars on track ability and all the concessions made to it and maximize it's on road potential. You would then have a car for each discipline that was fully focused

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27 April 2015
Perhaps McLaren should be spending time and money on their F1 cars? Last significant season 2008, all we have had since then are excuses whilst Brawn, Red Bull, Mercedes have been out of sight. Constructors Championship? I am a McLaren fan but in the 2010's they should leave the exotic road cars to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ascari.

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