March 23, 2018

McLaren BP23 will be the fastest McLaren ever made

09 March 2018, 11:43 | Brandon Parsons

New McLaren BP23 will be fastest McLaren ever made

391km/h, 3 seats: McLaren F1's successor is coming

McLaren's current line-up of supercars certainly isn't shabby, but aficionados of the automaker have a special spot in their heart for the McLaren F1. That means it will have a top whack in excess of 243 miles per hour, the vMax of McLaren's iconic F1 supercar.

A gasoline-electric hybrid system will help the BP23 achieve its performance status. That's something McLaren has done before with the P1, its limited run of 375 hybrids that were produced between 2013 and 2015, and which sold for $1.35m apiece.

What we do know is that it'll be fast - very fast indeed.

Codenamed McLaren BP23, the firm's next "Ultimate Series" model, is capable of exceeding the 243mph peak speed of the iconic F1.

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However, the BP23 won't be some stripped-out racer. It will feature nods to the original McLaren F1 in several ways, including the centrally mounted driver seat flanked with passenger seats. McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt says that up to 75 of the GTRs will be made, as the most extreme hand-made track auto ever made in Woking. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019, with all examples to be tailor made via the McLaren Special Operations division for added exclusivity.

Technical details for the auto will be revealed later this year, but the GTR is based on the carbon fiber structure of the standard (if such a word can be used) Senna model, and will hold a similar dry weight of around 1,198 kg (2,641 lb).

A test mule for what will be the brand's "fastest ever model" has also been developed based on the 720S to evaluate different cabin ergonomic options and its unique three-seat layout.

Fair warning: This story is truly only applicable to 106 of you, those fortunate souls who have already snatched up McLaren's as-yet-unrevealed $2.2-million BP23 "Hyper-GT". This will go along with the up to 1,000 kg (2,204.6 lb) of downforce the vehicle can generate.

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