McLaren To Launch Race-Ready LT Sub-Brand, Revive Iconic F1 Photo:

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Kez Casey | Jul, 21 2016 | 0 Comments

British sports car firm, McLaren is looking to step up operations, with reports out of the UK indicating that a dedicated track-ready range could emerge wearing the LT tag.

The biggest news by far however is that McLaren is planning to revive the iconic McLaren F1, this time applied to a GT car, rather than an all-out performance machine.

The latest reports come from Autocar, after discussions with a McLaren insider.

1993 McLaren F1
1993 McLaren F1

The new-generation F1 will retain the original’s central driving position, and three seat capacity, however unlike the ‘no compromises’ original, the new F1 will sit behind the P1 hypercar in the company’s range.

Internal targets for the new model will see it capable of outperforming the 650S, with a higher power-to-weight ratio, whilst being “the most refined McLaren ever sold,” according to the source.

Despite the increasing role of electrification within the company, the new F1 will likely rely solely on a version of McLaren’s existing 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, tuned to around 521kW, higher than the 675LT, but shy of the 542kW P1 tune.

2015 McLaren 675LT
2015 McLaren 675LT

McLaren also has plans to introduce a dedicated range of race ready vehicles to sit at the top of each of its three performance tiers.

As part of a plan to introduce 15 new models over the next six years, effectively refreshing the entire McLaren line-up, LT will move from being a single model as it is with the previous 675LT, to a range-wide variant.

The first of the new LT series will be applied to McLaren’s Sport Series, which currently comprises the 540C, 570S and 570GT, with more power and handling enhancements, as well as an interpretation of McLaren’s Long Tail styling expected.

Outgoing: the 650S
Outgoing: the 650S

When the Super Series comes in for replacement, the 625C and 650S are both expected to get a performance boost, with a 657LT successor set to arrive a few years later, turning up the heat even further.

Plans for the Ultimate Series cars are less clear, with McLaren working on a successor to the P1, but before that vehicle appears, an all-electric P1 could be introduced based upon the underpinnings of the first P1.

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