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The firm behind the precious metal transformation is more accustomed to designing shields for presidents and souvenir antiques for kings, but they occasionally get asked to work on cars. Opinion will be divided on whether the result looks class or crass, but there’s no debating the quality of the craftsmanship.
Under the hood, the P1’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 has been enhanced to deliver 986 horsepower, an increase of 83 hp versus the engine’s already ludicrous tune in the standard car.
McLaren paid extra close attention to improving aerodynamics, with the sole intent of allowing the GTR to offer “more extreme performance,” according to the company’s press release. The front track is wider, with a larger, GT-style splitter. Cooling for the engine and brakes has been improved. The ride height has been lowered. The car’s mirrors are now repositioned on the A-pillar to reduce drag and allow for better visibility. What’s more, the racer rides on a unique set of 19-inch lightweight motorsport alloy wheels, and tire changes are easier managed thanks to an onboard air jacking system derived from the setup used on the 650S GT3 racecar. Active aerodynamics are found out back, too, with a fixed-height wing that uses a hydraulically operated drag reduction system, working in tandem with the active aero flaps placed ahead of the front wheels.
Alongside the P1 GTR launch, McLaren offered up a few details about its new driver program, an exclusive ownership experience that includes specialized driver training, access to a racing simulator and more, all of which is “designed to prepare each driver mentally and physically to fully exploit the abilities of the McLaren P1 GTR.” It sounds pretty intense, with each experience being individually tailored for each specific driver.
Of course that’s no easy task considering the competition, but the ATS-V models wade into battle with some serious straight-line performance at their disposal. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.6 litre V6 which produces 455 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, with an 8-speed paddle-shift unit available as an option. Equipped with the 8-speed transmission, the ATS-V hits 60 mph from a standind start in just 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is 185 mph.
This highly modified notch-back Mustang, called the Hoonigan RTR, will be the car used in the upcoming Gymkhana SEVEN video. It’s taken over two years to build the car, and the work was completed through a collaborative effort between Ken Block, Hoonigan Racing Division, Vaughn Gittin Jr’s automotive tuning brand RTR. The actual build was done by ASD Motorsports based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Powering the Ford Mustang Hoonigan RTR is a 6.7 litre Roush Yates V8 engine which pumps out 845 hp. The AWD transmission is a one-of-a-kind unit built by the specialists at Sadev.
Although from the outside the car looks like a classic Mustang, underneath it’s nothing like it. The chassis is a custom fabricated tubular spaceframe unit, while the retro-inspired bodywork is made from carbon fiber. The wheels are 3-piece 18-inch units wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires moulded from a rubber compound custom mixed for Mr. Block.
Speaking about his new car, Ken Block said: “This is a project that I’ve been working on for two years, so to see it fully come to fruition and be able to drive it for Gymkhana SEVEN was absolutely amazing. I also knew that working with Vaughn and his RTR team was the right choice for this project since Mustangs are their world, but they really went above and beyond on this car. The attention to detail with the fabrication and bodywork blows my mind. This is hands-down the best Gymkhana car I’ve had yet.”