It’s one of the platforms that many an enthusiast find timelessly sexy, and from 1995 until 2005 McLaren saw the GTR variant of its F1 sports car raced internationally, including an overwhelming showing at the ’95 24 Hours of Le Mans where it came home with an outright victory, as well as third, fourth, fifth and 13th, against a field of purpose-built prototypes and more established manufacturers.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of that achievement, as well as mark the running debut of its track-dedicated P1 GTR, McLaren will bring back all five cars to Le Mans for a parade lap ahead of the 2015 running of the enduro, the pack to be led by said P1 GTR. This will be the first time all five cars – represented then by teams from the UK and France – have been on track together since the checkered flag fell on June 18, 1995.
The 986-horsepower P1 GTR will be driven by French former racer Yannick Dalmas, who was part of the winning driver line-up in the no. 59 F1. His teammates J.J. Lehto and Masanori Sekiya will also join the parade, along with owners of the limited edition 650S Le Mans.
The victory put McLaren into an elite club of one, the automaker becoming the only manufacturer to win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. The spectacle will be just another reason to keep up on this year’s event.