McLaren gives first glimpse at new three-seat hypercar
Codenamed BP23, the new model will be released in 2019 and despite the photos being nothing more than sketches, all 106 examples to be made have already been sold. In partnership with McLaren Special Operations (MSO), each car will be specifically tailored for its buyer’s tastes.
McLaren has confirmed that the car will be one of the fastest and most powerful cars that the firm has ever made. It has been described as “the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious roadgoing McLaren to date”.
The BP23 will have a hybrid powertrain that is expected to be made up of a powerful electric motor and a variant of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from the new 720S supercar. Technical details have not yet been released, but the car is likely to be even more powerful than the current P1 hypercar. This of course comes at a price, with rumours the car will set buyers back £2m-plus.
Although the three-seat layout pays homage to the 240mph F1 from 1994, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said that the BP23 is not a direct replacement for that car. He described the BP23 as a "low-drag, super-aero hyper-GT” and "a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren".
Few finer details have been released, but we do know that the BP23 will have a carbonfibre structure which will form the basis of the next generation of McLarens. From 2020, these shells will be produced at the firm’s new manufacturing facility in Sheffield.