McLaren P1 GTR converted into the wildest drift car you’ve ever seen

Imagine this against a Subaru.
  • This one-off is the brainchild of Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett, a professional racing driver
  • The car is based on a McLaren P1 GTR, which is a track-only car
  • In addition to the aero modifications, the car was given more power, too

Published on Apr 11, 2024 at 6:28PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 15, 2024 at 7:00PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain

The car you see here started out in life as an ‘ordinary’ McLaren P1 GTR.

It’s rare, powerful, and extremely fast, but it isn’t what you’d call a drift machine.

Mind you, the owner decided a touch of Tokyo Drift-style madness was missing from this rare beauty.

And so he decided to do something about it.

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This ‘drifting’ McLaren is the brainchild of professional Red Bull drifting racer Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett.

The New Zealand driver wanted to customize a McLaren P1 GTR and transform it into the sort of ‘tool’ he might be able to use for his daily job.

So, that’s exactly what he did.

The one-off McLaren P1 GTR, dubbed MADMAC, is built by Lanzante, a UK-based firm that specializes in custom McLaren supercars, with help from O’Gara, a Beverly Hills showroom.

The GTR is a track-only car, just like other GTR McLaren models such as the Senna, and in the past, Lanzante had already turned them into something else.

For example, a while back, they modified the GTR to make it road-legal (below).

This project is a bit different, though.

The McLaren MADMAC is fitted with an aero-focused widebody finished in gloss white and adorned with exposed carbon fiber accents.

Under the hood, the mechanical upgrades match the cosmetic ones.

As standard, the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 puts out nearly 1,000 horsepower (986 to be exact) but we reckon with this upgrade we can remove the word ‘nearly’ from that sentence.

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what kind of power it puts out, because the specifics have yet to be shared.

The McLaren P1 is rare, with only 375 units in existence, and even though production ended nine years ago, the company hasn’t replaced it yet.

That’s about to change, though.

A successor, which will likely be called P18, is expected later this year.

So, in a way, this will also act as a sort of send-off, a swansong model before the next one comes along.

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