MCLAREN F1 SUCCESSOR? McLaren Special Operations has given the green-light to produce a three-seater hypercar using a hybrid drivetrain. Image: Newspress
Woking, England - McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the department of McLaren Automotive responsible for bespoke customer commissions, has confirmed details of the world’s first ‘Hyper-GT’ which will be the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren to date.
The Woking-based automaker says the development of the car, codenamed BP23 (Bespoke Project 2) and featuring three seats, will be entrusted to MSO with production limited to 106 units, all of which have already been pre-sold.
McLaren's CEO, Mike Flewitt, said: "BP23 will borrow the three seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fibre body of great elegance."
McLaren says its calling the BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ since it’s a car "designed for longer journeys but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren".
106 will be built, just like the F1
A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to "three people aboard".
Design work has begun, with an ambition to deliver the first examples in early 2019. Production is being capped at 106 units which is exactly the same as the number of McLaren F1s produced.
Future owners will work alongside MSO to create their own bespoke cars, being able to select colour, trim and other points of personalisation unique to them.
According to McLaren, all of the switchgear will be bespoke and exquisitely crafted for the car.
Like the McLaren F1 and all of McLaren Automotive’s road and track cars, the car will feature dihedral doors but for BP23, the doors will be powered for the first time with apertures extending into the roof.