At the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren revealed their forthcoming ‘Hyper-GT’ will be the fastest car the company has ever produced. The three-seater will be able to exceed 243 mph, which is faster than the McLaren F1, which broke records upon release in the 1990s.
Codenamed BP23, the British automaker has not given any views of the new model at this point, but we do know that it features a centrally-mounted driver’s seat and will be powered by a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. McLaren is also reporting that the car will be their most luxurious car to date.
According to Auto Express, that the car won’t be kept under wraps for too much longer, as McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed that the new car will be revealed to the public this year. The BP23 will be limited to a run of 106 vehicles, which will cost £1.6m (over $2.2m). Unfortunately for anyone just hearing the news and wanting to buy in, all of the cars that are planning to be made have already been spoken for.
A version of the vehicle based on McLaren’s new 720s is being used to examine different ergonomic options and the three-seat layout. The company is also evaluating a variety of new technologies, including a digital mirror tech that could make its way onto the final model.
McLaren revealed a few sketches that give a better sense of what we might get from the vehicle in the end. There looks to be an elongated rear, which houses an aggressive rear diffuser along with some LED lights. The car is also likely to feature butterfly doors, as does every other McLaren.
The company is describing the BP23 as “the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious roadgoing McLaren to date.” And it is going to feature a hybrid powertrain that’s likely to consist of an electric motor and the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 seen in the new 720S.
The three-seat configuration should be exciting news for fans of the famed F1, which also used that layout. The BP23, however, will be somewhat different from McLaren’s first road car - even though it certainly pays homage to it. Flewitt said the forthcoming vehicle is "a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren.”