McLaren Just Trademarked The "Sabre" Name - Does It Mean a McLaren P1 Successor Is Finally Coming?
British automaker McLaren just filed a trademark with the United States Trademark and Patent Office for the "Sabre" name. And it’s intriguing to say the least, because McLaren hasn’t announced a new model recently and we haven’t seen any prototypes either.
What’s more, the rumor mill contains no information whatsoever about such a model. However, this new trademark, first discovered by GT Nation, fuels new rumors that the Sabre name could be used for a spiritual successor to the P1.
A McLaren P1 Replacement Is Just Four Years Away
Can you believe the P1 is currently in its eighth year of existence? We surely can’t. And needless to say, a replacement is coming, but according to McLaren officials, don’t expect it before 2024.
The McLaren P1 has its special place in the automotive hall of fame because it put the Woking-based carmaker back on the super sports car map and provided a fierce rival for the likes of Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. But the hybrid-powered P1 is aging, and a new supercar will take its place eventually.
Will The McLaren P1’s Successor Be an Electric Hypercar?
With more and more electric supercars and hypercars coming to life, it feels like it’s only a matter of time before all of the world’s finest exotics lose their explosive spirit to make way for quieter, sound-synthesized remains of what was once a gasoline-fueled world. The list of cars that are already in this category is growing by the day. Some of the more prominent models include the Nio EP9, Pininfarina Battista, Rimac Concept One and C_Two, and even the Lotus Evija, among others. Any company that hasn’t ventured into electric territory yet has been called into question, and McLaren is the latest to speak its mind regarding electric hypercars. In this case, we’re referring to a successor for the McLaren P1, and the question is: Will the McLaren P1 Successor be an electric hypercar, or will McLaren hold strong in the hybrid territory as long as it can?
Did We Just Catch a McLaren GT Hybrid in the Wild?
The McLaren GT was introduced in 2019, and we know for sure that the mule we see here is, in fact, a McLaren GT. Be that as it may, it was caught in a residential neighborhood in France by a friend of Topspeed, and it certainly raises a few questions. First, why is there a camouflaged McLaren GT cruising around France? Second, why was it parked outside a residential area? Third, why do the wheels have “Dyn Wheel” written all over them? Well, we think that McLaren might be testing its new V-6 hybrid drivetrain.
The Gordon Murray T.50 - A McLaren F1 Successor - Has Crazy Aerodynamics
Twenty-five years after helping launch the McLaren F1 supercar, auto design legend Gordon Murray is hard at work on finally launching the F1’s spiritual successor, the T.50.
Though not officially a McLaren model, the T.50 traces its roots to the F1, in part because of Murray’s involvement in designing both cars. Consider the T.50, then, like a modern-day version of the F1, complete with the delta-formation, three-seater layout and an outrageous amount of cutting-edge aerodynamic technology that’s never before seen in a production car.
The Entire McLaren Lineup Will Be Hybrid by 2024 - Here’s What It Means
McLaren has never been bashful about its plans to go hybrid, and now, company CEO Mike Flewitt has pulled the curtains on plans to fully hybridize its entire lineup in the next three to four years. At the heart of this hybrid evolution is McLaren’s next-generation supercar, which will come with an all-wheel-drive setup that includes an electrically driven front axle.
McLaren also has plans to shake up its engine lineup to accommodate this shift. That could spell doom for one of the company’s existing engines, specifically the current V-8 unit that powers a lot of McLaren’s models. McLaren’s plans are already in motion as the company is expected to announce its next-generation platform and hybrid powertrain sometime in the first quarter of 2020. The first of these hybrid vehicles is scheduled to arrive by the end of 2020 with sales expected to commence in early 2021.
Gordon Murray Plans To Race His New Supercar In The 24 Hours of Le Mans
Gordon Murray, the British former F1 designer and father of McLaren’s first proper road car, is about to be back in the arena of hypercars with a car touted by its creator as being "purest, lightest, most driver-focused supercar ever." Known as the T.50, the hypercar will seat three, like the McLaren F1, and will be powered by a Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 cranking out 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. With a 12,100-rpm redline and a $2.46 million MSRP before taxes, it will surely cause a storm when it will finally be unveiled.
What is more, the T.50 is being designed with the intention of going racing as Murray hopes to see it race at Le Mans, although it is unclear if it will compete in the GTE class for production-based supercars or the new-for-2020 ’Hypercar’ class that will replace the current LMP1 category as the top-tier category of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
When your name is Gordon Murray and you’ve been in the game of designing some of the world’s most daring racing cars and road cars for the better part of four decades, you won’t settle for anything short of perfection when building what could be your last road car. After all, as the true spiritual successor to the F1 (with its three seats, its no-nonsense design down to the naturally aspirated V-12, and the clever aerodynamics), the T.50 must be an amazing car or else it will feel like a disappointment to many. And, if, indeed, Murray’s team will build a racing version, that too will have to be competitive straight out of the box akin to the F1 that swept the floor in its debut year 24 years ago including a famous outright win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Someone Leaked the Limited-Edition McLaren BC-03 And We Want More of It!
Remember the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo concept that came out of McLaren’s fling with PlayStation back in 2017? Get ready to meet a toned-down production version of it soon, because someone’s been naughty enough to leak two pictures of the upcoming McLaren BC-03, a limited-edition hypercar that looks a lot like the Gran Turismo Sport-bound prototype.
Rumors about the upcoming limited-edition McLaren hypercar have been floating on the internet for around a year without too many details to back them up. A recent leak, however, chases the fog away on this otherwise very hot topic. Bear with us for this one.
Want a McLaren SUV? Better Keep Wishing Bucko
SUVs seem to be all the hype these days, but one could argue that there are so many simply because automakers want to extort the current trend – that’s why there are literally hundreds of them on the global market from brands like Ford and Chevy all the way up to the uber-luxury brands like Bentley and, pretty soon, even Ferrari with its upcoming Purosangue. Eventually, the SUV trend is going to die much like the last big trend –fuel-efficient compact cars – did when fuel prices finally started to come down. Eventually, all the automakers that have focused their entire lineups on SUVs (Ford, you’re one of the worst offenders, by the way) there’s one company that isn’t caving in any way, shape, or form, regardless of how much you beg or offer to pay. I’m talking about McLaren – a brand that’s taking a stand and even calling out brands like Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Ferrari for giving up their purity to make a quick buck.
McLaren’s New Hyper Roadster Will Be a True Driver’s Car; Could Be Lighter Than the F1 and Faster Than the Senna
Announced a few months back, the new Ultimate Series McLaren hypercar will appear as the most extreme McLaren in the lineup. Lighter than the P1, and possibly more potent than the Senna, the new hypercar will come without the roof but with a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, and ultimate abilities in terms of driving dynamics.
“We’re developing the next chapter in our Ultimate Series story, and we want to produce a car that’s focused on the thrills of driving and with that an open experience. That’s important,” McLaren’s global marketing director Jamie Corstorphine said during the presentation of the latest McLaren GT in Australia.
McLaren’s Next Supercar Takes on Rare Porsches and an Even Rarer Lamborghini
Ladies and gentlemen, whenever McLaren announces a new car, various strata from the industry jumps for joy. Not the competition, of course, knowing how the McLarens of recent times are ready to give their rivals a rough run for their money. But even so, as soon as Woking has official details on a fresh model it’s working on, everyone spreads their antennas. This time, McLaren will step away from the usual sports car-supercar-grand tourer dance and build a speedster.
Gordon Murray is working on a spiritual McLaren F1 successor
Ever since McLaren unveiled the F1, people have been waiting, eyebrows up, for whatever else Gordon Murray might be cooking. The genius designer who made his name in the world of Formula 1 and designed such groundbreaking cars like the Brabham BT46B and the Brabham BT55 is finally ready to talk about his next creation. Named the T.50, it’s a car tailored after the F1 with a Cosworth-developed 3.9-liter, naturally aspirated V-12 developing 650 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. The cabin will take three and, as is the case with the F1, Murray won’t make judgments on the top speed.
If last time around Murray was contracted by McLaren to create a road car that would incorporate the F1 know-how of Ron Dennis’ squad, now, it’s all done on Murray’s terms. That’s because the T.50 will be built by Gordon Murray Automotive and it will be designed top to bottom in-house by Gordon Murray Design. A carbon fiber monocoque will hide underneath the sleek body of the T.50, and this will ensure Murray-approved levels of lightness. Remember, the 72-year-old designer has never been a fan of the modern supercars and hypercars that put out buckets of horsepower only to be pegged back by a generous heft - like the 4,400 pounds of a standard Bugatti Chiron. As such, the T.50 will only weigh 2,160 pounds (under a tonne), and you can be sure you won’t miss one on the road since that V-12 will be able to rev all the way up to 12,1000 rpm! Yes, the T.50 will have four wheels, not two.