LETHAL WEAPON: AUTOART 1/ 18TH MCLAREN P1 GTR

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

The first Mclaren to use the ‘GTR’ ini­tials was the F1 that won at Le Mans in 1995. Twenty years later, Mclaren re­leased a lim­ited run of 40 of the P1. This car, the P1 GTR, won a three-way shoot-out against a La­fer­rari and a Porsche 918 around Sil­ver­stone Cir­cuit in the UK. They sold out al­most im­me­di­ately, but you can still buy a brand new AUTOART die-cast ex­am­ple. And you don’t have to al­ready own a Mclaren to be able buy one.

The model is true to the orig­i­nal, with car­bon-fi­bre ad­di­tions in all the same places. From the chin spoiler on the nose to the wing and wing sup­ports at the rear, it looks as gen­uine as the real thing, and from front to back, the de­tail is amaz­ing.

It is dec­o­rated with the cor­rect de­cals and badges and even has the race­track-re­quired tow hook through the front spoiler. The rear is as so­phis­ti­cated as the rest of the model. The ex­hausts and dif­fuser look more than busi­ness like. The view of the cool­ing sys­tem through the side vents is im­pres­sive, as is the view through the clear en­gine cover. The disc brakes are mean­ing­ful and would do a su­perb job of stop­ping those slick-clad wheels.

Ac­cess to the in­te­rior is through Mclaren’s ‘di­he­dral’, or but­ter­fly, doors, and these seem to work just as well as on the real car. The in­te­rior is faith­fully re­pro­duced, car­bon fi­bre in abun­dance and true to form, with only one rac­ing seat in­cluded. The steer­ing wheel is like the real thing too, all but­tons and knobs. All you have to do is climb in and drive away, and that for a lot less than the NZ$2M that was nec­es­sary for the real thing.

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