New Sketch Offers Preview of McLaren’s Upcoming "Hyper-GT."
It’s not much, but development is certainly underwayby Robert Moore, on
The supercar business can be a bit funny at times, and even deceitful. Take McLaren, for example. Back in July of 2016, rumors started circulating that McLaren was building a modern interpretation of the legendary McLaren F1. It took just a few days for McLaren hit the press with the traditional denial normally associated with rumors like this. But, a few months later in November of 2016, McLaren came out again, this time confirming the model and releasing a very intriguing teaser to go along with that confirmation. It goes by the internal codename BP23, but you’ve probably heard the name “Hyper GT” more than anything. Now, another five months have passed with little word, but McLaren has finally dropped a few more details about its upcoming project. We don’t know much yet, but we do know it’s going to be a doozy.
According to a very short press release shot out by McLaren this morning, the BP23 will be the “most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever produced. That’s a pretty bold statement, but considering the source, it’s worth its weight in gold. The newest member of the Ultimate Series family is being developed over at MSO as you read this, and like the McLaren F1, will be limited to just 106 examples. Those lucky enough to secure a model of their very own will be working with MSO to personalize them and make each one unique in their own right, so each and every example will be different. And, as expected, the car will follow in the footsteps of the McLaren F1 in that it will have three seats, with the driver’s seat being positioned centrally.
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Why it Matters
Needless to say, the Hyper GT or BP23 – whatever you want to call it – is going to be one hell of a car. With it being the most powerful and aerodynamic vehicle McLaren has ever made, it will also likely be the fastest. But, the question is, will it really be able to take on models like the Koenigsegg One:1, for instance? Or, how about the upcoming Mercedes-AMG hypercar? Based on the sketch you see here, it’s certainly going to be a looker, and possibly even the most attractive car McLaren has ever produced as well. Details about the car, aside from this sketch, the name, and its seat configuration are nonexistent outside of McLaren’s circle of trust, but it should be powered by some kind of wild hybrid powertrain and will hopefully approach that 1:1 ratio that made Koenigsegg’s One:1 almost as legendary as the original McLaren F1. For now, we just have to sit back and wait, but McLaren says customers should start seeing deliveries sometime in 2019. And, since all models have already been spoken for, you’ll probably never get your hands on one, but we should see the finished product in the next year! What are your preliminary thoughts based on the sketch you see here?
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