According to Autocar McLaren was prompted into action after a number of clients enquired about the possibility of a faster, track-only model.
Dubbed 'P1 Track' internally, the project requires a double-digit production run to be viable. It’s believed that, if the P1 Track makes it to production, it will only be available to owners of the regular road-going P1 (pictured). Like the Enzo-based track-only Ferrari FXX, the P1 Track would be stored and maintained by McLaren and shipped to race courses for use in specially arranged track days.
Visually the P1 Track is expected to be differentiated from the normal P1 by a more aggressively styled body and aerodynamics kit. Suspension settings will be recalibrated as the P1 Track doesn’t have to handle public roads and it's likely that the variable height system will be locked to the lowest setting.
The regular P1’s petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain will be retained, albeit tuned for even more power and torque. In road-going form the P1 features a 542kW/720Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 mounted behind the driver and passenger, and a 132kW/260Nm electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack.
Total drivetrain output is rated at 673kW of power and 900Nm of torque, all of which is channelled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. McLaren claims that the regular P1 can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in under three seconds, hit the 200km/h mark before seven seconds have elapsed and breach 300km/h in under 17 seconds.
At this stage it's not known how much quicker the P1 Track will be, nor whether it will be equipped with the road-going car's 350km/h speed limiter. The price for entry into the P1 Track's ultra-exclusive club has yet to be publicly mooted.