New three-seat McLaren set to beat F1's top speed

Mar 10, 2018, 00:30
New three-seat McLaren set to beat F1's top speed

McLaren is describing the BP23 as a "hyper-GT" auto, suggesting it will have some grand touring ability while also showcasing the outright performance we've come to expect from today's hypercars.

THE McLaren Hyper-GT will be the fastest road going vehicle the company has produced - outstripping the 243mph performance of the iconic McLaren F1. Translation: it will be faster than the original F1, which set a world record with its 243 miles per hour top speed. In a statement, McLaren confirmed the new model will be able to surpass this speed, although it's unclear what the top speed target has been set at.

At the announcement of the project, McLaren Automotive's chief executive Mike Flewitt said: "BP23 will borrow the three seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon-fibre body of great elegance". Also like the F1, just 106 will be built, costing £1.6m, plus taxes - and they're already sold.

McLaren BP23 hyper-GT will have 243mph+ top speed
The car as is shown in the images will exceed 243mph

Why 106? McLaren will build just 106 examples of the BP23 supercar, and each has already been sold for £1.6 million, or roughly $2.2 million United States dollars. The company has not yet announced specific technical details, however. It's believed it will be powered by the latest 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 though, with electric motor assistance for a huge amount of power.

When it debuts, the BP23 will sit aside the McLaren Senna as part of the supercar maker's Ultimate Series, wearing a real name, not an alphanumeric nameplate like the Super and Sports Series cars.