Malcolm Flynn | Sep 14, 2012

McLaren has released a new teaser video of its new flagship supercar, set to be unveiled at this month’s Paris Motor Show.

The highly-anticipated new model will sit above the existing MP4-12C, sitting as a successor to the UK manufacturer’s iconic F1 model.

Previous reports and recent spy photos suggest the Paris reveal may be a concept only, but its coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the F1’s launch may be a sign of what's to come.

Aside from the McLaren logo in the centre of this teased supercar, twin bonnet nostrils and recessed vents can be seen, along with a dramatically tapering bonnet shut line.

Also hinted are headlights smaller than the 12C's units, pushed right out to the front corners. Reflections also hint at the rumoured double-bubble roof shape.

The latter is expected to facilitate a return of a F1-style roof air intake for the mid-mounted engine.

mclaren p12 f1 successor spy photos 01

Known internally as the P12, the new car is expected to be based around the MP4-12C monocell carbon fibre chassis, but with lighter carbon fibre exterior panels compared with the MP4-12C’s aluminium.

The drivetrain is expected to be based on the MP4-12C’s 3.8 litre turbocharged V8, with the addition of a KERS-style hybrid system also likely.

Such a drivetrain would go head to head with similar systems used by upcoming key rivals, Ferrari F70 and Porsche 918.

Be sure to keep an eye on TMR for full details from the Paris unveiling later this month.

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