McLaren gave everyone a surprise when they announced plans to unveil the true successor to the greatest supercar of all time, the F1. Currently, it’s called the McLaren BP23, and the Woking-based company also released a mysterious teaser image, suggesting that the new “Hyper-GT” will be every bit as hardcore as the F1, and groundbreaking as the P1.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will take full charge of this new hypercar project. That “BP23” codename means “Bespoke Project 2” that seats 3 (hence BP23), similar to the F1. It will be a car for long journeys just like a GT but will allow the driver to experience “high levels of performance and driver engagement”.
The teaser image meanwhile gave a glimpse of the car from above. Apart from the obvious three-seater configuration, the car’s overall proportion seems akin to that of the P1. Its carbon fibre body will be purposely sculpted to slice through air, and will feature the iconic dihedral (scissor) doors. This time though, the door apertures extend into the roof for the sake of convenience.
McLaren also confirmed the use of a hybrid powertrain, but no specific details have been mentioned thus far. Though we suspect the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 to power the BP23, we’re genuinely hoping McLaren would develop a bespoke engine just for this venture. When complete, it will be McLaren’s most powerful car to be created, delivering the highest level of performance and ironically, comfort and refinement.
Now, only 106 units of the McLaren BP23 will be made, which is the same amount of McLaren F1s made. Forget about placing an order though, because each of them has already been spoken for. First delivery will take place sometime in 2019, and of course customers get the privilege to customise their hyper GT in any fashion they desire.
So there you have it, a proper heir to the legend birthed at the hands of an equally legendary designer, Gordon Murray. We just can’t wait to see what it will look like!