McLaren's new hypercar is setting out to take down a legend by doing (at least) 243 mph (391 kph).

McLaren has announced that its next Ultimate Series car, the BP23 Hyper-GT, will have a top speed higher than the company's legendary 242-mph McLaren F1. The Woking-based firm has also released new sketches of the car’s three-seat layout interior, one of which shows a speedo clocking 243 mph (391 kph).

BP23 sculpture revealed:

The new car is something of a homage to the F1, featuring a three-seat layout and central driving position as a nod to its widely revered ancestor. Only 106 BP23s will be built, the exact same number of F1s produced. All 106 have already been sold, setting owners back $2.5 million apiece. 

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McLaren teases BP23 hypercar
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The car itself is still in the middle of development and as yet the final design hasn’t been revealed. It is expected that McLaren will be ready to show its new car later in 2018. All we know about the car – aside from the fact that it will have a crazy top speed – is that it will be powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. 

BP23 is, unsurprisingly, not the car’s final name – like the Senna, Senna GTR, P1, and P1 GTR before it, BP23 will come with a suitable name to reflect its capabilities.

Being a "Hyper-GT," the BP23 is not designed to excel on the track, rather the road. While it will likely be able to hustle itself around a track, that’s best left to the track-focused Senna model. McLaren seeks to build an Ultimate Series car for each type of driving its customers are likely to enjoy.

It wouldn’t be a McLaren if there wasn’t a raft of personalization options to choose from, though. As such, each BP23 customer will have their car given the full bespoke treatment by McLaren Special Operations.

Production of the gasoline-electric hybrid is due to begin at the tail end of 2019, giving unparalleled joy to 106 very, very well-off people.

Source: McLaren

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New, three-seat McLaren ‘Hyper-GT’ will have highest top speed of any McLaren yet – including the iconic F1

  • McLaren Automotive confirms at Geneva Motor Show that forthcoming ‘Hyper-GT’ will be capable of exceeding 243mph (391km/h) – the peak speed of the iconic McLaren F1
  • Next new model to join the Ultimate Series following the McLaren Senna features centrally-mounted driving position 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 sold at £1.6million + taxes

McLaren Automotive today confirms that its forthcoming new ‘Hyper-GT ‘, codenamed BP23, 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. The news follows the announcement by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt during the Geneva Motor Show press conference that a public reveal of the car can be expected this year.

The next addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series will be both the fastest-ever 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, BP23 will deliver the unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren.

The entire BP23 production of 106 examples was allocated before the car was officially announced in November 2016. Production is due to begin at the end of next year, with every BP23 personalised to each owner’s taste by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for bespoke customer commissions.

BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name, rather than the alphanumerical nomenclatures used the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series; this name, together with the maximum possible speed, will be disclosed nearer to the car’s reveal.

* 106 examples of the McLaren F1 road car were sold