Lanzante Unveils the McLaren P1 Spider – A Superbly Crafted Open-Top Marvel
Turning a P1 into a Spider: A Complex Masterpiece
Back in 2015, the McLaren P1 was introduced to the world as part of the exclusive trio known as the Holy Trinity, alongside the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder. It was a supercar that pushed the boundaries of performance and design. Nearly seven years later, Lanzante, a British service and restoration firm, embarked on a remarkable project to create an open-top version of the iconic McLaren P1. The project was initially announced in the summer of 2022, and now, the vehicle is ready to be delivered to its eagerly awaiting owner. Hagerty had a unique opportunity to take this exceptional creation for a quick spin.
Complex Transformation: At first glance, the P1 Spider might appear as a regular P1 with the roof removed, and that’s precisely the achievement of this ambitious project. However, beneath the surface, the transformation involved extensive work. Numerous components had to be refabricated, redesigned, or even built from the ground up. This includes the incorporation of carbon fiber buttresses, which now house newly developed air intakes and a removable roof cover. Remarkably, even the front fenders, doors, and engine cover were subtly modified to seamlessly preserve the original design essence, giving the impression that it rolled off the factory floor in this form.