The sheer mention of the super exclusive McLaren P1 GTR will set the pulse of every petrolhead racing. It wouldn’t do much good to calming the excitement if the above mentioned McLaren P1 GTR were to be flanked on either side by a Porsche 918 Spyder and a factory fresh Ferrari LaFerrari. Yes, you heard it right ! This is indeed the holy grail of modern day motoring, three of the world’s most insane Hypercars all under one roof.
This above said amazing feat of assembling the three Juggernauts in an auction has been achieved for the first time by RM Sotheby’s. To put things into perspective and bring to light the sheer gravity of bringing together these three Hypercars, Top Gear which is arguably the best Motoring show in the world had to postpone their review of McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari to the next series due to their inability to gain access to them.
The McLaren P1 GTR Hypercar is an out and out race version of the road going McLaren P1. Powered by a 3.8litre twin turbo V8 engine producing 727hp topped up by an electric motor producing 177hp means that the P1 cruises comfortably in the hypercar territory. The engineers at McLaren, on the iconic occasion of the 20th Anniversary of McLaren GTR’s win at the 24 hours of LeMans wanted to resurrect the GTR name.
They found the worthy car in the P1 and went ahead to treat their customers by taking the P1 and doing the unfathomable by making it lose a further 50kgs and adding 84 more Horsepower. With a handful of 58 examples ever made by McLaren it takes the meaning of exclusivity to a whole new level. The example on sale at Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale at Lake Como, Italy is finished in metallic black with black wheels and is one of the few P1 GTR’s to be converted to road legal status.
Next in the line of exclusivity is finished in Porsche’s historic “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue Porsche 918 Spyder. The 918 Spyder was the record holder for the fastest lap time in a production car around the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife until this year when the Lamborghini Huracan Performante set a new pace (which some deem to be inaccurate). Powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6litre V8 assisted by an electric motor the 918 makes a combined power output of 887hp and in incredible 1280Nm of torque.
Of the 1280NM of torque, 880 of it is available as low as 800 rpm, which is evident of its performance around the Nurburgring. The Weissach package on the Porsche 918 is a £15,000 option which further reduces the weight of the car by 45Kgs and swaps out the leather seats for alcantara ones in the process. The Wheels are made of magnesium and many aluminium components are replaced by carbon fiber. This Porsche is therefore no slouch in the McLaren’s company.
Finishing up the trio of Hypercars is an barely run (180kms on the odo) Ferrari LaFerrari dripped in Rosso Corsa paint. Being the first hybrid Hypercar to come out of Maranello, the LaFerrari had huge weight on its shoulders ever since the concept was showcased at the 2013 Paris Auto Show. The Hybrid Ferrari LaFerrari Hypercar still stays to true to its V12 heritage though, sporting a 6.3litre naturally aspirated engine that produces 800hp while being coupled with an electric motor that further adds 163hp. This takes the total power output to to 963hp.
The LaFerrari also sports the KERS system used in Formula 1 cars to fill in the gaps where the petrol engine is at its weakest (if there is such a thing as a weak Ferrari V12). The LaFerrari is also the only full-time rear wheel driven hypercar amongst the trio, and it makes up for the lack of four wheel drive traction through its active aerodynamics, which essentially means the car grips better as you go faster. This is proper F1 tech on a road car!
Images: Tom Gidden, Pieter E. Kamp and Simon Clay for RM Sotheby’s