A New McLaren F1 Could Arrive by 2018
When it was launched onto the world stage in the early 1990s, the super-speed McLaren F1 not only blew every other supercar out of the water, it completely redefined the breed. In fact, up until the Bugatti Veyron stole its crown in 2005, the blistering McLaren held the title of the fastest production car in the world. A rarified 106 were ever built and each of those V12 monsters sell for unthinkably large sums of money these days. Now however, it appears McLaren has green-lit a successor to its storied F1. Its name? Sources from inside McLaren are claimed to refer to it as the “hyper-GT”. According to UK outlet Autocar, the new hypercar will arrive in 2018 with an alleged 64 on the docket for production. The 2018 date is significant because it recalls 30 years since McLaren staff met at the 1988 Italian Grand Prix to discuss building a road-going supercar. The F1 became the stunning result. RELATED: Like-New Ferrari LaFerrari Up for Sale with 211 Miles
What’s interesting about the new reports however is that the F1’s prompt appears to have changed for its second iteration. Whereas the original car was as razor focused and knife-edged as can be (a role now filled by the McLaren P1 and 675LT), this rumored F1 successor is said to be a grand tourer with a focus on performance, refinement and luxury.
The F1’s calling card three-seat arrangement however is said to make a return, allegedly using a modified version of the P1’s carbon fiber monocoque passenger cell.
An insider told the outlet, “it applies the F1’s three-seat configuration to a different need: rapid, cross-continental travel with supreme speed and style.” Autocar claims that the hyper-GT initiative is spearheaded by the exclusive McLaren Special Operations division, which typically offers high-end customizations of McLaren’s more conventional road cars.
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As far as performance figures go, not much is known, though the insider points to the company’s current twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 in a tune that emits over 700 horsepower, capable of bringing the “hyper-GT” well past the 200 mph barrier. A hybrid gas-electric powertrain, such as that seen on the P1, is understood not to be part of the plan.
Want one? And let’s admit it, who wouldn’t? The rarified McLaren F1 successor is alleged to cost in excess of £2 million (about $2.6 million at today’s rates).
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