Good news, McLaren F1 fans. Its spiritual successor will have three seats, will arrive in 2019, and will be the most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren in history. Simply said, forget about the P1, there’s a new king eyeing up the throne.
Codenamed BP23, because it's MSO’s second bespoke project and has three seats, the hybrid is being developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) as a vehicle delivering the ultimate on-road performance and usability in one. It’s described as the “incredible road car” by McLaren boss Mike Flewitt – it will feature a full-size driver’s seat with easy access, and two slightly smaller rear seats. “A car designed for long journeys but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren,” as the British manufacturer explains.
The so-called “Hyper-GT” will be produced in a limited series of only 106 examples, the same volume as the McLaren F1. All units have already been sold to loyal customers, who will work with MSO to “select colours, trim materials, and other points of personalisation.” Future owners have been told no open-top or track-focused variants are planned, only coupes.
No exact technical details are available at the moment, but Autocar reports the hybrid hypercar will use the brand’s new 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine that will be supported by an electric motor and a battery pack. The magazine predicts power will be more than 900 horsepower.
Interestingly, the vehicle will have dihedral doors extending into the roof, just like its spiritual predecessor, but they will be powered in this new application. A roof-mounted air scoop will be another nod to the F1.
McLaren says it’s currently working on the design of the car and first customer deliveries are expected in the beginning of 2019.
Source: McLaren via Autocar
- New design sketch gives further insight into forthcoming McLaren ‘Hyper-GT’ car, codenamed BP23
- Luxurious three-seat car with hybrid powertrain will be the most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever
- Just 106 examples will be crafted by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) – and all are pre-sold
McLaren Automotive has released a new design sketch of its forthcoming ‘Hyper-GT’. Codenamed BP23, the car will be the most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever produced.
Development of BP23 is currently underway at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke division of McLaren responsible for designing and crafting the luxurious new addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series product family. The BP23 codename is taken from the car being MSO’s second Bespoke project and it having three seats.
Production will be limited to 106 examples, the same volume as the McLaren F1. BP23 owners will work alongside MSO to select colours, trim materials and other points of personalisation unique to them.
The first examples of BP23 are expected to be delivered in 2019.