The McLaren F1 secured its place in motorsport history 20 years ago when five lightly modified examples wearing the GTR badge crossed the finish line of the world’s most famous endurance race in France to complete one of the most important results the event had ever seen. We are, of course, talking about the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a McLaren F1 was the overall winner. Although not as fast as some of the prototypes competing that year, the reliability of the BMW-sourced V-12 ensured the cars dominated.
At this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, McLaren’s five F1 GTRs that finished the 1995 running of the prestigious race, including the overall winner from Kokusai Aihatsu Racing (pictured above), will take to the Circuit de la Sarthe in honor of the 20 years since that epic race. The five F1 GTRs will take to the track prior to this year’s race led by the latest McLaren model to wear the famous GTR badge, the P1 GTR, for which will the outing will be its dynamic debut.
The P1 GTR will lead the charge driven by French former racer Yannick Dalmas, who was part of the winning driver lineup of the 1995 race. His teammates J.J. Lehto and Masanori Sekiya will also join the parade, along with owners of the limited edition 650S Le Mans unveiled back in January. McLaren has a number of festivities planned as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, and there are rumors that the highlight may be the announcement of an entry to the production car-based GTE category for 2016.
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on the weekend starting June 13.