On Tuesday 18 November The Audio Consultant was very happy to oblige when invited by KPMG and M2 Magazine in conjunction with McLaren Auckland to provide the sound for an event at the McLaren showroom in Auckland, featuring the McLaren P1™ super car, and celebrating the unveiling of the new P1 GTR. “The new McLaren P1™ GTR design concept made its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August this year, as McLaren seeks to make the world’s best track-focused drivers’ car.” The Audio Consultant brought along a sound system from Devialet and Focal, the McLaren’s of the audio world.
The Audio Consultant provided a Devialet 250 Amplifier and Focal Electra 1028 BE speakers to really liven things up, with music being streamed from a Bluesound Vault. Guests were intrigued by the Devialet, and impressed with the sound of the Devialet & Focal combination – as much world beating in there field as the McLaren P1 is in its.
For the Formula One enthusiast the McLaren showroom also featured to historical and significant Formula One cars – The 1988 McLaren MP4/4 that was driven by Ayrton Senna – which won both the Driver’s Championship (Senna was the 1988 F1 Champion with 90 points, and 8 Wins and 13 Pole positions) and the Constructor’s Championship (McLaren won 15 of the 16 races)…
…and something especially for New Zealanders, a car driven by Denny Hulme, who has been our only Formula One champion. The 1973 McLaren M23 accumulated 319 points, and 3 Wins and 14 Pole positions with Hulme. The M23 went on to win the 1974 and 1976 Formula One Driver’s Championships driven by Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt respectively. It also won the Constructors’ Championship in 1974.
However the star of the show was the P1, and soon to be available to McLaren P1™ owners only, the track-focused McLaren P1™ GTR which will begin production in 2015, once the 375th and final P1 road car has been built.
“Without road-car registrations to hold it back, the McLaren P1™ GTR will push everything to the limit, featuring even more performance and grip than the road car, thanks to more aggressive aerodynamics and styling, a widened track and slick tyres. The mid-mounted engine will be more powerful, too, with an intended power output of 1,000PS (986bhp).“