McLaren Will Reinvent The F1 As A "Hyper-GT" With Over 700-Horsepower


And it'll have a three-seat layout. Start saving.

We were first told last March at Geneva that McLaren has some serious expansion plans in the works, with 15 new models planned over the next six years. That’s a mighty tall order but we know the folks in Woking, UK are very excited to deliver the goods. And now we’re gushing with excitement over this news coming from Autocar: the iconic McLaren F1 will be reinvented by the end of the decade and bespoke division McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has been tasked with making that happen. Holy. Crap.

Autocar was told by a company insider that this all-new, limited edition F1 will be a homage to the original, meaning it’ll feature the three-seat layout, now standard McLaren dihedral doors, and a snorkel roof. While P1 production officially ended a few months ago, MSO has a "goal of making the fastest GT car yet built, as opposed to a super-sports car chasing outright performance." That same company insider told Autocar "The result will be the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren yet made." Call it a hyper-GT car, because that’s what McLaren wants to it be known. Power? More than likely, expect to see a modified version of the familiar twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8, this time pumping out more than 700 hp.

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Top speed will be in excess of 200 mph. Exact weight is still unknown, but the McLaren source claims "The power-to-weight goal is to eclipse any other car with three seats or more. But at the same time, this will be the most refined McLaren ever sold." For example, the Proactive Chassis Control, a feature on McLaren road cars, will be reworked to focus on comfort. The interior itself will be bespoke, featuring a blend of old school F1 heritage and modern tech with extreme luxurious throughout. Bespoke luggage will also be included for proper GT cross-country adventures. Customers will be able to customize their F1s in so many different ways that no two cars will be alike. And yes, there will be a central driving position.

Codenamed BP23, expect only 64 examples to be built which, in case you didn’t already know, is the same number of street legal F1s built. A 2018 launch is expected because that’s the 30th anniversary of when the conversation between McLaren chief Ron Dennis, McLaren part-owner Mansour Ojjeh of TAG, now former technical director Gordon Murray, and marketing boss Creighton Brown regarding the creation of the F1, first took place.

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