Mclaren has confirmed it will produce a road-legal race car based on the P1 hypercar Photo: supplied

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Andrew Maclean | Oct, 19 2017 | 0 Comments

McLaren is preparing to join the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin with a new hypercar inspired by the world of Formula One racing.

The world championship-winning McLaren Grand Prix team’s road car division has confirmed that its most track-focused hypercar will debut in 2018 as a road-legal but track-ready successor to its already outrageous P1 hybrid.

To go with the announcement the British car maker has issued a first look at the as-yet unnamed new car, revealing three exhaust pipes, but little else in the way of technical details.

In a statement, it says "its mission is to be the most extreme, track-concentrated road car McLaren has yet designed" and will join the P1 and the upcoming three-seater BP23 hyper GT as part of its range-topping Ultimate Series and the next variant in its Track22 plan, which sets out to introduce 15 new models by 2022.

The car has been confirmed to be revealed in the first quarter of 2018 - most likely at the Geneva Motor Show in March - and McLaren describes its design as being "brutal".

Power is likely to come from a worked version of the twin-turbo V8 and electric motor hybrid powertrain from the P1, with outputs pushed beyond the 673kW and 900Nm of that car which was able to run the 0-100km/h dash in 2.8 seconds and had an electronically-limited top speed of 350km/h.

McLaren says the new machine will sacrifice daily usability "to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit" but will still be developed to be road legal.

It's a similar concept employed by Aston Martin, which has joined forces with Red Bull Racing to develop its Valkyrie hypercar, and Mercedes-AMG which recently revealed its Project One, a machine that is powered by the same powertrain as used by Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas in their Formula One racers.

Like both of those, McLaren's top-secret track machine will only be built in limited numbers. And despite an anticipated asking price of more than $3million, the planned production run has already been sold out to loyal customers.

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