It will be faster than the F1!

The highly-anticipated BP23, McLaren’s upcoming hypercar and successor to the P1, will be called the Speedtail, the British firm announced today. Known as the BP23 up until now, the upcoming member of the Ultimate Series line will be the "world’s first Hyper-GT," and McLaren claims it will be its fastest vehicle yet - so fact that it will exceed the F1’s 243-mph top speed.

Only 106 will be produced, and all of them have already sold for £1.6 million (about 2.1 million as of July 2017) before option

The British carmaker also released a new teaser photo, which shows a sketch of the Speedtail’s profile. While there are no details to talk about, it seems that the supercar will be highly streamlined and will have a tall rear section. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t have a wing, although it will probably have a retractable spoiler fitted into the decklid.

McLaren also unveiled that it will have "exquisite new materials to facilitate limitless possibilities for tailoring through McLaren Special Operations." It will also be the most luxurious McLaren and will deliver an "unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury." The Brits reconfirmed that the three-seat cockpit layout with a central driving position, inspired by the iconic F1, as well as a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain.

As far as the name goes, McLaren says it was selected for the car’s highly streamlined design and record-breaking top speed. The Speedtail will be unveiled by the end of 2018, with customers to get a preview before the supercar makes its public debut. Only 106 will be produced, and all of them have already sold for £1.6 million (about 2.1 million as of July 2017) before options.

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Press release

McLaren Automotive has informed the 106 clients fortunate enough to have reserved an example of the car they previously knew only as BP23 that it will be named the McLaren Speedtail.

The world’s first Hyper-GT and McLaren’s next entrant to its Ultimate Series, the Speedtail will achieve the highest top speed of any McLaren yet, with the capability to exceed the 243mph peak speed of the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Its design, teased in a series of sketches, will be flowing and highly streamlined, incorporating exquisite new materials to facilitate limitless possibilities for tailoring through McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

The news follows the announcement by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, during the Geneva Motor Show press conference that a public reveal of the McLaren Speedtail can be expected this year. The 106 customers who have reserved one will be invited to see it first.

The next addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series will be both the fastest-ever (in a straight line) and the most luxurious McLaren. Featuring a three-seat cockpit design with a central driving position – the same layout as the F1 – and a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the McLaren Speedtail will deliver the unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren.

McLaren’s next Ultimate Series, previously codenamed BP23, to be called the Speedtail
Name evocative of a peak speed higher than any McLaren yet and flowing, highly streamlined design
To feature exquisite new materials encouraging boundless tailoring through McLaren Special Operations (MSO)
Centrally-mounted driving position with two seats either side inspired by F1 road car
Public reveal of petrol-electric hybrid ‘Hyper-GT’ before the end of 2018 with a private preview for its depositors ahead
Only 106 will be produced – and all are already reserved at £1.6million plus taxes

The entire production of the McLaren Speedtail was allocated before the car was officially announced in November 2016. Production is due to begin at the end of next year, with every McLaren Speedtail personalised to each owner’s taste by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for bespoke customer commissions.

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