Let's assume for a moment that you are the owner of a car capable of doing 0-60 in less than three seconds. Correction, a hybrid car capable of that kind of off-the-line performance plus sustained speeds of up to 186 miles per hour, which it can attain in only 16.5 seconds.
Now that you have the picture, imagine that you're the lucky owner of that limited-production, street legal, $1.15 million dollar supercar and the people who built it asked you what you think needs to be improved. Would you say "looks" or "interior comfort" or "paint options?" Or would you say "it should be better on the track."
If you answered with the latter, you'd be correct, it seems. It's difficult to imagine that kind of mind set. Not only do you own a car capable of destroying nearly every other car on the road in a red-light match, but whose performance numbers would also make it capable of blowing dust into the windshield of a Formula One race car, nearly every vehicle at NASCAR, and most other contenders as well. Yet.. that's not quite good enough. It needs more?
Wow. Just wow.
Well, that answer is what was given to McLaren by owners of the beautiful P1 hybrid supercar. If you're an exclusive automaker and your clientele can come up with over a million dollars to purchase your car.. you definitely pay attention to them when they ask for something.
The up side here is that these exclusive customers weren't asking for the other things that might also have been a consideration. It doesn't appear that they asked for "matching luggage" or "paint tone matching for my garage" or anything as lame as all that. Instead, they want track performance.
As hard as it is for me to understand them, I can honestly say.. I'd like them anyway. That's awesome.
And, of course, McLaren will deliver. The above photo is a teaser of the McLaren P1 GTR, a design concept that the British supercar builder will debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 15. This track-focused version of the P1 will be shown in conceptual form, but is an answer to the request posted by P1 buyers. If enough of them like it and want to buy one, you can be sure that McLaren will build them.
The car would be sold, McLaren says, as part of a fully comprehensive program that includes driving events, training and vehicle support. The company plans production on the concept in June of 2015 if enough interest is had. And I suspect that interest will be there.
Remember that date, June 2015. That's also the date when the last of the McLaren P1 cars will roll off the line, chassis #375. It's also the twentieth anniversary of McLaren's F1 GTR win at Le Mans 24 Hours. Those are some serious karma stars lining up.
McLaren will unveil the car at Pebble Beach on the 18th Fairway on Friday evening, August 15. It will then be showcased over the weekend during the show.