Sunday, July 20, 2014

German Grand Prix Race Report

"We expected more today"



Hockenheimring, Sunday July 20

This was a day that promised much, but delivered comparatively little.

From fourth on the grid, Kevin Magnussen looked set for a strong race, but was unable to avoid being clipped by Felipe Massa as he drove into the first corner. The resultant accident, and the knock-on requirement to stop for tires and a replacement nosebox, relegated him to the back of the field.

Nonetheless, he posted a calm and relentless comeback drive to take eighth at the chequered flag. It could have been more.

By contrast, Jenson Button’s race started strongly – from 11th on the grid, he was sixth at the end of lap one – but faded in the middle as his third set of tires proved unable to last to the finish. A late-race third stop, on lap 61, gave him the rubber to get home, but meant he couldn’t improve on ninth.

Still, it was encouraging to note that, despite the setbacks, both cars ran competitively in the top 10 for most of the race. Equally, Jenson’s second pitstop of the afternoon established a new team record of 2.15s stationary. That beats our previous record of 2.20s – also set with Jenson’s car – at last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Finally, today’s race also saw Jenson start his 257th grand prix – a statistic that moves him past Riccardo Patrese [256] and into third in the all-time rankings, behind Michael Schumacher [306] and Rubens Barrichello [322].


JENSON BUTTON, MP4-29-03
Started: 11th
Finished: 8th
Fastest Lap: 1m21.346s on lap 64 (+1.438s, 8th)
Pitstops: Three: laps 31 (6.17s), 31 (2.15s) and 61 (2.65s) [Opt-Pri-Pri-Opt]
Points: 59

"I got a good start – I was running as high as sixth in the early stages – so things were looking okay. But I think we got the strategy wrong when we made our second stop. I’m not sure why we stopped so early, but it made it extremely difficult for me to keep the set of tires alive until the end of the race, which was the plan at that point.

"The strategy didn’t work out for us, which was a shame, but we’ll learn some useful lessons from it.

"When I felt the hit from Lewis [Hamilton, on lap 30], I was a bit surprised. A lot of drivers take a wider entry line into Turn Six in order to get a better exit – perhaps Lewis expected me to let him past, but why would I let anybody through? We were racing.

"We expected more from today."


KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-29-02
Started: 4th
Finished: 9th
Fastest Lap: 1m20.224s on lap 56 (+0.316s, 2nd)
Pitstops: Three: laps 1 (8.54s – nosebox change), 29 (2.15s) and 53 (2.90s) [Opt-Pri-Pri-Opt]
Points: 37

"A real pity: I think I could’ve had a decent race if I hadn’t had the accident at Turn One. I need to see a replay of the accident, but I feel that, if I’d had somewhere to go, then there wouldn’t have been contact with Felipe. I did my best to try and avoid the accident, but there wasn’t much else I could do.

"I spun after that, and had to box to change tires and the nosebox. Then I spent the first half of the race coming through from the back of the field. Really, it wasn’t the best thing that could happen.

"Still, there are some positives from today – the car behaved extremely well; the rear tires held on – which is something new for this car, it’s usually a bigger problem to keep the rears alive, but today it was okay.

"I’m happy to come away with some points, but I’m disappointed because we should have scored more. I hope we can be on the pace and get a decent result in Hungary next week."



ERIC BOULLIER - Racing Director, McLaren Mercedes

"Obviously, we’re extremely disappointed with this result. This should have been a day when we scored a useful clutch of world championship points; instead, we go home having lost ground to all our key rivals, which is extremely frustrating.

"Kevin’s turn one incident at the start was very unfortunate; he’d made a great getaway, and was pushing to stay close to Valtteri Bottas. Massa was on the outside and probably didn’t see Kevin, who was on the inside line, and had nowhere to go. Kevin was quite blameless in the accident, so it’s even more annoying that it destroyed his chances of finishing in the top four.

"However, I think Kevin deserves commending for the level-headed drive he posted thereafter; with the promise of a good result lost, and having been relegated to the very back, it would have been very easy to lose focus, but Kevin drove with great maturity. Two points is scant reward, but he worked hard for them today.

"Jenson drove well, too; he showed tremendous fighting spirit even when the odds were somewhat stacked against him. His was a very aggressive strategy, which, as the race wore on, we began to appreciate wasn’t going to succeed. Despite some great defending, Jenson was ultimately powerless to stop other drivers from leapfrogging him as his tires faded away.

"We’ve worked hard to get ourselves into a situation where we can score good points regularly, so today was disappointing. Still, the Hungarian Grand Prix is but one week away, and we’ll be doing our best to score some good points before the onset of the summer break."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

McLaren Mission Monterey is a GO.

McLaren Newport Beach is excited to announce that we'll be participating in McLaren Automotive's "McLaren Mission Monterey" drive.  We are only about a month away and excitement is stronger than ever.  What are getting excited about?  Read on to learn more.



As part of McLaren’s participation at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours events, we invite you to join us for a road trip like no other, the McLaren Mission Monterey!

This one-day event is offered exclusively to McLaren Owners as we rally from Los Angeles to the Lodge at Pebble Beach, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow owners and  the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Coast Highway 1 along the way.



The experience includes:
- Official entrant pass for your McLaren vehicle -
- Reception breakfast and midday “pit stop” lunch -
- Photo opportunities and special gifts -
- Checkered Flag Finish Line party in Pebble Beach -



Space is restricted to a limited number of vehicles, so please  register to learn more about this exclusive McLaren customer experience by clicking the link above.

We hope to see you and your guest at this signature event.



For more information and registration, please email: us.events@McLaren.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

MSO Project 8 - 12C Coupe & Spider - For Sale


Unknown to most and known by very few, McLaren Special Operations or "MSO" for short, was commissioned by a client of ours for a very special and limited run of highly customized McLaren 12C's.  The first to be completed was the 12C Coupe which, as you can see, was highly customized inside & out to suit our client's taste.  Following the 12C Coupe was the 12C Spider similarly customized when McLaren Automotive unveiled the topless 12C.  Both are known by McLaren Automotive & McLaren Special Operations as "Bespoke Project 8".

See Top Gear's article covering "Project 8" here: Top Gear Project 8

Both have set the standard and are the most customized pair of McLaren 12C's to leave the assembly line.  As you can imagine, McLaren Newport Beach is extremely pleased to announce that both Project 8 12C's are officially for sale as a package deal.  With each having a sticker over $500,000+, we are asking for $688,888 for both the Project 8 12C Coupe & Spider.  Both come from a McLaren collection and are requested by the owner to be sold together.


You can view the listing here for both here: Project 8 For Sale


As you can see, regular Carbon Fiber wasn't enough, all the Carbon Fiber on both Project 8 12C's is tinted Red inside and out.  From the Engine Bay Covers, to Front Splitter, to Rear Diffuser, all bespoke by the talented team at MSO.  The Red didn't stop there as Red leather was fitted throughout the interior.  Where there isn't Red, there is White leather with color-matched contrast Red stitching.  The lining of the footwells, door sills, rear cabin area, and roof were fitted with Red Alcantara as well.  The customization of both Project 8 vehicles could take pages to describe so we'll let the photos do most of the talking.


View our photo album on Facebook here: Project 8

View our photo album on Flickr for High Quality: Project 8




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Santander British Grand Prix Race Report




"Progress will continue – we’re on-track"

Silverstone Circuit, Sunday July 6


JENSON BUTTON, MP4-29-03
Started: 3rd
Finished: 4th
Fastest Lap: 1m38.284s on lap 52 (+1.108s, 5th)
Pitstops: One: lap 28 (2.73s) [Opt-Pri]
Points: 55

"Circuits with high-speed changes of direction aren’t really our car’s forte, so I think we can go away from Silverstone feeling encouraged by what we achieved this weekend. Specifically, it was great to have such a good fight with Fernando [Alonso], and it was encouraging to be able to pull away from him and Sebastian [Vettel] in the last stint.

"At the end, I crossed the line only 0.9s behind Daniel [Ricciardo]; if there’d been just one more lap, I think I could have made it past.

"I got so close to a podium finish – and I think it would’ve been so great for the fans to see Lewis and me up there together. I’m sorry it didn’t quite happen, but I want to say a big thank-you to all the fans, and to my family, and last but not least to the entire McLaren team – everyone has been so supportive this weekend.

"Looking to the future, although today has seen us take another step forward, it’s apparent that we still have a lot of work to do: for example, even though Williams started behind us [on the grid], they still beat us today.

"Nonetheless, we’re certainly not giving up. On the contrary, it’s important that we continue to work hard to develop this car, so as to score as many world championship points as we can this year and learn as much as we can for next year."






KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-29-02
Started: 5th
Finished: 7th
Fastest Lap: 1m38.677s on lap 32 (+1.501s, 10th)
Pitstops: One: lap 27 (2.81s) [Opt-Pri]
Points: 35

"Today has been a good day for the team – we scored 18 points – so we should feel reasonably satisfied, because we’re continuing to improve. Also, the engineers and mechanics did a truly great job this weekend.

"Having said that, all the other teams are continuing to improve, too; so our challenge is really about making progress faster than the others do.

"My race went okay – we struggled a little on the Option [tire], and we had much better pace on the Prime. It’s always frustrating when you slip back through the order a bit – but I made a really good start to be third initially, and after that I struggled to keep the Ferrari and Red Bull behind.

"So, as I say, I think we should be reasonably satisfied with seventh place. But I’m really pleased for Jenson, who was able to score a great fourth place for the team.

"Last but not least, I want to pay tribute to the Silverstone fans. It’s been fantastic racing in front of them all today, especially as so many of them are McLaren fans.

"I’d love to have finished a bit higher for you, guys, but I don’t think we had the pace today."



ERIC BOULLIER - Racing Director, McLaren Mercedes

"We’re satisfied that we were able to convert a good qualifying performance yesterday [P3 and P5] into a decent race result today [P4 and P7].

"In achieving that outcome, our engineers and mechanics here at Silverstone didn’t put a foot wrong, and they deserve great credit for getting the absolute maximum out of the package that they have at their disposal at the moment.

"Obviously, we’d like to have scored more points still, especially as Jenson missed achieving his first ever British Grand Prix podium finish by a whisker.

"Indeed, once Nico [Rosberg] had retired, we decided to target a third-place result for Jenson, but in the end it wasn’t quite possible. Nonetheless, he drove a superb race and richly deserved the 12 world championship points he scored here today.

"Kevin drove very well, too, making a storming start to be third into Turn One and ending up a solid seventh at the flag.

"We hadn’t expected to be competitive at this circuit, whose many fast corners we felt wouldn't suit MP4-29’s aerodynamic envelope, so we're pleased to have scored 18 points here.

"More broadly, as I've said before, it’s clear that we’re making progress, even if that progress is necessarily not as rapid as we'd ideally like it to be, and I'm confident that that progress will continue; we're on-track.

"Last but not least, on behalf of all at McLaren, I want to say how relieved we all are to hear that our old friend Kimi [Raikkonen] is okay following his hefty lap-one shunt."

Friday, June 27, 2014

McLAREN GT UNVEILS LATEST GENERATION 650S GT3 AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2014

Jun 27, 2014
  • GT3 evolution featuring enhanced safety and optimised handling
  • CFD developed aerodynamic package with improved cooling
  • Limited production run to premiere on the grid for the 2015 season
  • Upgrade kit available to 12C GT3 owners to extend competitive life of existing cars

In the grounds of the famous Goodwood Estate, McLaren GT has today confirmed first details of the McLaren 650S GT3 – the latest generation track-focused racer which will contest GT3 championships across the globe from the 2015 season. Building on the highly successful 12C GT3, which has firmly re-established McLaren at the front of the GT grid over the past three seasons, the 650S GT3 was unveiled in front of fans and the global motorsport media at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.


As the 12C GT3 continues claiming trophies around the world, the 650S GT3 has big shoes to fill, but it has been designed to do just that. The menacing and purposeful-looking racer is the second-generation GT3 car from McLaren GT, the GT race car building arm of McLaren, and follows in the slipstream of the 12C GT3, now competing in its third competitive season. To date, the 12C GT3 has secured three championship titles, 51 race victories and 71 further podiums, a number that continues to rise on a weekly basis, and currently leads the highly competitive Blancpain Endurance Series and the GT Asia championship.


Based on the recently unveiled McLaren 650S, and built around the same lightweight carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, the GT3 iteration has been honed using CFD technology and the latest in automotive and motorsport simulation to offer enhanced aerodynamics and improved levels of cooling. At the front, an aggressive splitter and larger air intakes dominate the purposeful new look, incorporating the familiar McLaren ‘face’ – albeit a more aggressive and menacing version, while on the flanks, the all-new lightweight carbon fibre bodywork wraps around reprofiled air intakes, which offer further optimised cooling. The fixed carbon fibre rear wing works in tandem with the large carbon fibre splitter to complete the management of air as it is worked across, through and beneath the sleek lines of the 650S GT3.


The road-going version has been designed and developed to provide ‘the ultimate in driver engagement on the road’, and the 650S GT3 uses this same approach. Revised suspension geometry, wider track and updates to the overall setup provide enhanced levels of drivability, optimising engagement for the wide range of drivers competing in GT racing. In addition, the updates have been made with added emphasis on endurance racing, pulling from the learnings over the past few years, and responding to feedback from the customer teams.


Reduced cost of ownership has been a priority during the design and development of the 650S GT3, and this has been achieved through extended component life, including increased engine and gearbox rebuild intervals, together with re-designed components and systems to reduce parts costs. Body panel design and fit have also been optimised which will not only minimise pit lane repair times but also aids weight distribution through the use of lighter components.


Inside the cockpit, the 650S GT3 provides improved levels safety for the driver. Protection offered by the carbon fibre MonoCell chassis is further enhanced with the addition of an FIA-approved rollcage. Redesigned and lighter than that of the 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 rollcage provides a greater degree of driver comfort, with increased leg and headroom.


Another key area that has been optimised is the level of refinement, underlining the focus on endurance and driver engagement. As with its predecessor, the 650S GT3 is fitted with a bespoke motorsport digital dash display which sits behind the unique 650S GT3 steering wheel, inspired by the wheel design seen in the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ car. New to the 650S GT3 is a fully FIA-approved McLaren GT-developed race seat, fitted with a six-point race harness as standard. This seat offers increased levels of support and driver comfort through the use of bespoke moulded seat inserts.


The layout within the cockpit has been revised to make it even more driver-focused than previously. The seat is directly mounted to the chassis, and the steering wheel and all-new motorsport pedalbox are then adjustable to bring them closer to the driver. The centre console is also developed from the latest 12C GT3 interior, reducing complexity, and features a membrane-type switch panel for ease of use. In addition to this, improvements have been made to further optimise ventilation and driver cooling.

 

The 650S GT3 is equipped with the latest generation of the award-winning, 3.8-litre McLaren V8 twin turbo ‘M838T’ engine. Race-prepared and including a McLaren-developed ECU offering increased functionality to incorporate turbo boost and transmission shift control, the engine is coupled to an all-new six-speed sequential motorsport transmission. The 650S GT3 produces around 500PS – the same power as the 12C GT3, which is controlled by the FIA’s Balance of Performance (BOP) regulations. Cooling is improved through larger 650S intakes within the front bumper and re-profiled side intakes. In addition to this, the gearbox oil cooler has been relocated, now incorporated into the larger side intakes, giving the rear of the car a cleaner, more aerodynamic flow.


The 650S GT3 uses an all-new race-tuned suspension system with a 52mm wider track than the 12C GT3. The front suspension also allows the fitment of the latest generation larger diameter racing tyres . In conjunction with the optimised aerodynamic package, this provides increased levels of front-end grip and steering feel on turn-in. Newly designed forged aluminium wheels (front - 12.5” x 18”, rear – 13” x 18”) are held in place with a single wheel retaining nut on motorsport axles, while a revised hub bearing assembly and extended-life suspension components are another example of a simplified service item, and reduced maintenance costs.

Behind the new design eight-spoke wheels, and bringing the power, aerodynamics and downforce under control is a newly-developed braking system with monoblock six-piston callipers on the front, and four-piston on the rear, with ventilated discs (380 x 35mm front / 355 x 32mm rear).


The 650S GT3 development programme has pulled significant data from the findings and lessons learned from the 12C GT3 programme. Testing of the 650S GT3 will continue throughout the summer with customer car production commencing in the autumn. Pricing for the 650S GT3 has been confirmed – £330,000 ex works, plus tax.

Existing owners of the 12C GT3 are also able to benefit from the updates and enhancements offered by the 650S GT3, due to the use of the shared chassis structure and award winning engine. This upgrade package further extends the life of existing 12C GT3 cars allowing them to continue racing competitively through a second GT racing life cycle. For many McLaren GT3 owners this allows them to race their existing car for an average of six seasons. 

 
Around 15 examples of the 650S GT3 are planned to be produced and delivered for the start of the 2015 season. With the optional upgrade package for 12C GT3, this could see an additional 15 cars running the new design from next season.

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive:

‘The McLaren 650S GT3 is to GT racing what the 650S is to McLaren Automotive, with the new car improving on all areas of a strong existing product, and making it more engaging at the same time. It shares the heart and soul of its road-going sibling with the same 3.8-litre twin turbo engine and the carbon fibre chassis, but turns things up to 11 in terms of aerodynamics. It is truly fit for purpose, but is now accessible to an even wider breadth of abilities and, as with the road car, it provides unprecedented levels of comfort, safety and driver engagement.’

Andrew Kirkaldy, Managing Director, McLaren GT:

‘The 650S GT3 is a natural progression of an already successful racer, but we have looked at all the different areas where we could possibly make even the slightest incremental improvement. The revised aerodynamic profile looks much more purposeful, and we have managed to incorporate increased levels of cooling without any detriment to performance. A big step forward has also been made in terms of servicing the car, which can be the difference between a race win and finishing off the podium, and the cost of running a car at a competitive level, and this becomes more important the longer and more demanding the event. By simplifying maintenance

and repair processes, and cutting down the time and costs involved, the 650S GT3 will be even more competitive at the longer endurance events with time required in the pitlane reduced to a minimum. ‘

‘Throughout the development programme, we have focused on making the 650S GT3 even more enjoyable and engaging to drive for the wide range of drivers that are competing in GT racing around the world. With a broader envelope of performance, which is easier to access, more drivers will be able to exploit the true potential of the 650S GT3. One example is with the wider track, which gives greater levels of grip and improves handling.’

Chris Goodwin, Chief Test Driver, McLaren Automotive:

‘This is a car that is improving on a race-winning formula, and is designed and built to offer even greater levels of driver involvement, but also to be easier to drive. This is a crucial factor in any racing car, but especially with long-distance and endurance racing, where drivers can double or even triple stint, where we compete on a huge variety of circuits and where weather and track conditions vary regularly throughout a race.

‘GT racing attracts a wide variety of drivers - from the best and most experienced professionals in the world to ambitious amateurs and young developing talents. If the car is easy to drive and gives good feedback as you approach and sometimes exceed the limit, the driver will be better able to drive consistently, error free and extract more out of the car lap after lap. This is key for professional race winner as much as it is for the amateur racers that are making up increasingly large proportions of the grids around the world. It is the result of continuous development, both in terms of the work carried out by the McLaren GT design and development team, but it also takes the learnings from the thousands of laps, from countless circuits across the globe which have been completed by the 12C GT3 with our highly-successful, race winning customer teams. Real-world data and feedback from the teams gives us a much clearer understanding of what the cars go through which no simulator can provide. As such, the 650S GT3 will be just as competitive in the right hands, but more forgiving for the less experienced drivers that are being attracted to the exciting GT3 championships around the world.

‘The 12C GT3 was the first iteration of a GT car from McLaren, and was, and still is competing and winning on a regular basis. The 650S GT3 is now our second generation model, and it is up against more established rivals, many of which are on to the third, or in some cases, fourth. Just as we face in the road car market. Despite this, McLaren is still the brand to beat.’

What’s in a number? 59 - a winning pedigree

The car unveiled carries the Goodwood Festival of Speed theme of ‘addicted to winning’, with its livery including the number 59. The number was carried by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, and claimed victory in the gruelling test of endurance on its debut – a feat that had never been achieved previously, and has not been repeated since. Deliveries of the 650S GT3 will commence from late 2014, and the competitive debut with customer teams in GT3-homologated series will start in 2015, 20 years on from the famous race victory.

McLaren 650S GT3 Technical Specification
Chassis/Body
o McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear sub frames
o Bespoke lightweight carbon fibre/composite body panels
o Left hand drive
o FIA approved safety roll cage
o Air-jacking system
o Colour – customer choice

Aerodynamics
o Front splitter and dive planes
o Rear wing - fully adjustable with gurney
o Front and rear diffusers

Engine/Management
o Race prepared 3.8L V8 twin turbo McLaren M838T
o McLaren Electronics ECU incorporating turbo boost and transmission shift control

Transmission
o Six-speed sequential motorsport transmission pneumatically actuated via steering wheel mounted paddles

Electrical System
o Lightweight motorsport specification wiring and connectors
o Electronic power management system
o Membrane type switch panel
o Auxiliary power supplies for fitment of team equipment (radio etc)

Data System
o McLaren Electronics ‘ATLAS’ data system
o Motorsport digital dash display

Front/Rear Suspension
o Double wishbone adjustable for ride height, camber and toe
o 4-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs
o Motorsport axles with single wheel retaining nut
o Adjustable anti-roll bars
o Forged aluminium wheels: Front 12.5” x 18”, Rear 13” x 18”

Steering
o Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering
o Unique McLaren GT composite steering wheel incorporating key driver switch controls and map settings

Fuel System
o Motorsport ‘bag tank’ system with 125L capacity
o Motorsport ‘quick-fill’ system

Brake System
o Monoblock calipers with ventilated discs:
Front – 6 piston caliper, 380Ø x 35mm disc
Rear – 4 piston caliper, 355Ø x 32mm disc

o Bosch motorsport ABS
o Adjustable brake bias

Cockpit
o McLaren GT bespoke composite seat shell
o Six-point racing harness
o Motorsport pedal box – adjustable position
o Lightweight carbon fibre dash with integrated driver display and switch panel
o Motorsport fire extinguisher system

Monday, June 23, 2014

Austrian Grand Prix Race Report


"We got everything out of our package this weekend"

Zeltweg, Sunday June 22

On different strategies (Kevin started on Option tires before moving to Primes; Jenson, the opposite), we attempted a pincer movement in order to improve on our grid positions. That choice proved only partially successful – on the more conventional strategy, Kevin was able to run high in the top 10 throughout the race. He lost out on sixth to Sergio Perez in the closing laps after proving unable to hold off the Force India driver, who was running on markedly fresher (Option) rubber. Kevin consequently finished seventh.

Jenson had a difficult afternoon. From 11th on the grid, he dropped to 13th after being pushed wide at the first corner. Thereafter, he wasn’t quite able to get his tires working, and spent the last two stints pushing to usurp Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who was running ahead of him for much of the race. Jenson eventually finished 11th.

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-29-01

Started: 6th
Finished: 7th
Fastest Lap: 1m12.746s on lap 53 (+0.604s, 7th)
Pitstops: Two: lap 10 (2.86s) and 40 (3.01s) [Opt-Pri-Pri]
Points: 29

"I really thought we were going to finish sixth today, but Checo [Perez] just had too much pace at the end of the race. That wasn’t great, but it’s positive that we’re making improvements. We’ve made progress this weekend, but we still need to keep pushing: we still need to find good, efficient downforce.

"Still, I think we got everything out of our package this weekend. It’s tough racing in the midfield pack, like we did today, but we’re going to get there. It’s maybe difficult to see it from the outside, but, believe me, we’re making improvements all the time."


JENSON BUTTON, MP4-29-04

Started: 11th
Finished: 11th
Fastest Lap: 1m12.858s on lap 60 (+0.716s, 8th)
Pitstops: Two: lap 27 (2.62s) and 58 (2.45s) [Pri-Pri-Opt]
Points: 43

"I’d hoped we could make up some places today, but it’s never easy to overtake around here. We went for a different strategy – starting on Primes – but it didn’t really work for us.

"At the start, Nico [Hulkenberg] pushed me wide at the exit of Turn One – there was no real need for that as there was enough room for both of us – so I lost a couple of places. From then on, my race was all about sitting in the train, waiting for people ahead of me to pit, and trying to make my strategy work – which in the end I couldn’t. It was a long afternoon’s work for 11th place.

"I’m now really looking forward to Silverstone."


ERIC BOULLIER - Racing Director, McLaren Mercedes

"Kevin drove extremely maturely all afternoon, balancing the need to turn fast laps when required with the ever-present necessity to manage tire wear.

"For the first half of the race, he was able to maintain a steady sixth place, best of the rest behind the two Mercedes-Benzes, the two Williamses and Fernando’s [Alonso] Ferrari. He did well to hold that position until lap 66, when, running on worn Primes, he was unable to prevent Checo, running on fresh Options, from passing him.

"Jenson was never quite able to compensate for his less-than-optimal grid position, but he nonetheless did his level best to capitalize on an adventurous race strategy which in the end didn’t quite work out. As a result, he was able to finish only 11th, through no fault of his own.

"In summary, then, seventh and 11th isn’t the result we were hoping for, but, as I said yesterday, we’re on the right development path, even if the gains we’re making are frustratingly incremental at the moment. We’ll continue to work as hard as we possibly can in an effort gradually to enlarge those gains, but it won’t be an instant fix.

"Even so, we’re very much looking forward to the Santander British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, the spiritual home of British motorsport, where, once again, you can be well sure that Jenson and Kevin will both be driving their hearts out in an effort to put on a good show for McLaren’s many UK-based fans, who’ll be cheering them on from the packed grandstands all around the circuit."

Friday, June 13, 2014

McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE TO BESTOW ICONIC BADGE ON ULTIMATE TRACK-FOCUSED McLAREN P1™ GTR

Jun 13, 2014


Twenty years on from victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the now legendary McLaren F1 GTR, McLaren Automotive will resurrect the iconic name from its history for the track-only edition of the award-winning McLaren P1™. The limited-run model will go into production when the 375th and final example of the road car has been completed, and in homage to its race-winning ancestor, the most powerful McLaren to date will be named the McLaren P1™ GTR.


With no need to comply with road legislation, the McLaren P1™ GTR will be designed and developed as the best drivers’ car in the world on track. This will see even greater levels of performance, grip, aerodynamics and downforce than the road car. It will also feature technologies and a powertrain more extreme with an intended power output of 1,000PS (986 bhp), race-proven slick tyres, a widened track and more aggressive and distinctive styling designed to offer optimised performance around a lap.


The decision to produce a track-only variant is in response to demand to McLaren P1™ owners. The McLaren P1™ GTR programme will be priced at £1.98m, and will include a tailored programme created for each customer to build driver capability. It will include exclusive consultations with the McLaren driver fitness team and Design Director Frank Stephenson, privileged access to one of the McLaren racing simulators, and participation in a minimum of six dedicated international drive events to be held at some of the world’s most iconic Formula 1™ circuits. Exact production numbers are still to be determined, but will be strictly limited.