McLaren has provided confirmation that it is running a development program for its new halo car, code-named BP23, showing off the development mule that forms the basis for the new model's engineering program.
The British manufacturer’s test mule is based on the current McLaren 720S but that is where the similarities stop. The mule features a new hybrid drivetrain and a three-seat configuration inside, and the British manufacturer has also said it will be “the fastest-ever McLaren”.
However, as TMR understands, the fastest-ever record set by the BP23 will be based on performance figures, rather than a scorching hot lap time. It’s possible McLaren is eyeing off the Mercedes-AMG Project One’s sub-6 second 0-200km/h sprint or chasing a top speed north of 400km/h.
Much like McLaren’s previous hypercar the McLaren F1, drivers will sit in the centre with passenger seats fitted either side. Images of the BP23 also show test driver Chris Goodwin surrounded by internally-mounted camera displays that are in positions similar to twin rear-view mirror setup of the F1.
Details of the BP23’s drivetrain are still hush, but it is expected that the newest member to the brand’s Ultimate Series model line will be hybrid-powered and produce figures well in excess of the current range-topping 720S’ 530kW of power and 770Nm of torque.
At least one of McLaren’s latest hypercars will land here by 2019 and be road registrable, however, punters keen on forking out over $1 million for one are out of luck, as all 106 examples have been sold already.
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