McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has confirmed details of the world’s first ‘Hyper-GT’ which they describe as “the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren to date”. Read that again and take it in. So, it won’t be track focused like the P1 but a hypercar designed specifically for the open road – a niche that you could argue isn’t filled at the moment. In fact it is the same design ethos that conceived the McLaren F1 so what we have here is McLaren F1 2.0 – a mouthwatering prospect for any petrolhead.
The car has been codenamed BP23, standing for Bespoke Project 2, and features the three seat layout made famous by its iconic predecessor. Design work has already begun and McLaren aim to deliver the first cars in 2019. If you haven’t already given McLaren a deposit then don’t scramble for the phone – the 106 unit run (exactly the same as the number of McLaren F1s built) has already been pre-sold.
“We are calling BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ because it’s a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren”. Mike Flewitt – McLaren Automotive’s CEO.
The car will have a hybrid powertrain and be bespoke built by McLaren MSO to the customer’s specification. It will also feature McLaren’s signature dihedral doors only this time they will be powered and the aperture will extend into the roof. Even the switchgear will be bespoke and in McLaren own words “exquisitely crafted”.
Roll on 2019 – we just can’t wait.
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