In order to properly bring homage to James Hunt’s winning title of the Formula 1 Driver’s Championship – which took palce four decades ago – McLaren has decided to design a bespoke P1 GTR with a customized livery for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This will remain a circuit-exclusive machine, adorned with a body finish inspired by Hunt’s race helmet, meaning it will sport a black base color combined with red, yellow and blue stripes – due to his Wellington College colors. The car will be trialed during the June 23-26 weekend by none other than Bruno Senna, the official McLaren P1 GTR Driver Program Mentor. And this is not ht only P1 GTR at Goodwood, the other being a widely customized version from Lanzante which has been retrofitted for street use.
The latter will be manned by McLaren test driver and 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Bräck who will try and deliver a record for the festival – in the road car section. This is a bit of a foul play since we’re talking about a track-exclusive model that is conditioned for road use, but anyways we wish them good luck. The current record-holder is Jann Mardenborough who completed the course in 49.27 seconds two years ago riding inside a Nissan GT-R Nismo. The two P1 GTR models will of course be joined by a plethora of other McLaren cars, from retro-flavored racers to the newest additions in the lineup.