Yup, we called that.
Earlier this week we spoke to a high-profile car collector who confirmed to us that the McLaren F1 was getting a successor. Today the automaker made the news official, announcing the “BP23,” which it called the world’s first “Hyper-GT,” had been green lit for production. In case you were wondering, “BP23” stands for “Bespoke Project 2.” The number three refers to the seats. Like we said, production will be capped at 106 units to mirror the F1’s production run. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed that BP23 will be a hybrid. Yup, we called that too.
“A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet created but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard,” McLaren’s CEO declared in a press release announcing the project. We don’t yet know what the car will look like, but McLaren did say “it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fibre body of great elegance.” There will of course be dihedral doors, but since the BP23 is a unique project they will be slightly different, with the apertures that power them extending into the roof. Speaking of things that will make this project special, all of the switchgear will be bespoke.
Owners will work with MSO to further customize their cars by selecting the color, trim and other custom options. McLaren has begun design work on its F1 successor and deliveries are expected to begin in early 2019. No pricing figures were released, but as always, if you have to ask…