Only six of these retro-inspired beauties are being built.
Lanzante Motorsport has a long-established history with McLaren. The UK-based racing team helped the McLaren F1 GTR race to victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. For homologation purposes, several F1 GTRs were also converted to road-legal specification, dubbed as the GTR-97 referencing the 1997 FR GTR's longer body.
Lanzante continued this tradition for the track-only McLaren P1 GTR, which was also converted for road use. After the P1 GTR came the P1 LM, which featured 40 percent more downforce and even less weight, helping it beat the Nurburgring lap record set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. In 2018, Lanzante debuted the McLaren P1 GT, a stunning Longtail version of the GTR. And for 2020, Lanzante has once again resurrected the hybrid hypercar.
Say hello to the McLaren P1 GT-18, a reincarnation of the McLaren P1 GTR chassis 011. For the first two years of its life, the car was entered in McLaren's exclusive P1 GTR Driving Program, where it raced around various F1 circuits. AFter the program finished, the car was retired and put into storage. In 2018, the owner wanted to give it a new lease of life, and the result is the McLaren P1 GTR-18, named after the year the project was started.
Visually, the GTR-18 looks nearly identical to the P1. However, what sets the GTR-18 apart is its retro-inspired Gulf livery that pays homage to the legendary F1 GTR-97. For added authenticity, designers even used original paint codes and samples the original F1 GTR-97, and a special tint was developed for the exposed carbon fiber.
Other custom features include bespoke two-way headsets for the driver and passenger to communicate with a livery that matches the exterior, a set of keys finished in the same custom tint as the exposed carbon, and bespoke dust bags and cases. After the project was completed, the was displayed at Lanzante's new showroom alongside the F1 GTR-97 chassis 028R that inspired it, before being delivered to its new owner in the US at The Thermal Club private race track.
Only six McLaren P1 GTR-18 hypercars will be produced, each featuring one of the six liveries that were used on the McLaren F1 GTR-97.