It's actually happening, but unsurprisingly all cars have already been pre-sold.
The rumors were true; McLaren is indeed working on a new three-seat model with a central driving position akin to its iconic F1 supercar from the 1990s. Codenamed “BP23” after Bespoke Project 2 and its interior seating layout, the new car is being described as world’s first “Hyper-GT” since it will be ideal for longer journeys like a grand tourer while retaining the high level of performance one would expect from a McLaren.
McLaren Special Operations is in charge of developing the BP23 and the plan is to make only 106 units as a nod to the F1 which was assembled in the exact same number. Pricing details haven’t been disclosed, but that actually doesn’t really matter since all cars planned for production have already been pre-sold. The Woking-based marque describes it as “the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious McLaren to date” and at the same time one of the brand’s most powerful cars ever thanks to the adoption of an unspecified hybrid powertrain.
As you would imagine, MSO will work closely with all 106 owners to customize the cars to the client’s desired specification. McLaren goes on to mention all of the switchgear is going to be created from the ground up, meaning it will not be shared with any other existing model. The BP23 is going to have dihedral doors like the legendary F1 and all of the company’s current road-going and track-only models, but for this new application the doors are going to be powered with apertures extending into the roof, representing a first for the company.
That’s all the information McLaren is willing to share at this point about its new exciting Hyper-GT, with additional details to be disclosed closer to the launch date. The company has already kicked off design work and aims to start customer deliveries at the beginning of 2019.