Modern McLaren F1 teased ahead of 2019 launch

Teaser for McLaren ‘Hyper-GT’ F1 successor launching in 2019

Teaser for McLaren ‘Hyper-GT’ F1 successor launching in 2019

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Last summer, rumors of a modern successor to the legendary McLaren F1 first surfaced.

The rumors suggested the car would be positioned as the ultimate GT, combining hypercar-like performance with long-distance comfort. The car was even said to be getting the original F1’s famous three-seat layout where the driver sits center and is flanked by a passenger on either side.

McLaren has finally confirmed the rumors, describing the car as a “Hyper-GT” and calling it the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious McLaren road car yet conceived. We’ve also been treated to a teaser sketch giving us a rough idea of what the car’s three-seat layout will be like.

The modern F1 will be built in a 106-car run, matching the original. It’s due for delivery in early 2019, meaning we could see it revealed earlier, and the build slots are already triple oversubscribed—even before a price has been announced. Another reason for the limited build is due to the car being a project of the MSO personalization department and not McLaren’s core road car development team.

The code name for the car is BP23, which stands for “Bespoke Project 2 and featuring three seats.” Bespoke Project 1 was the 12C-based X-1 unveiled at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“BP23 will borrow the three seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fiber body of great elegance,” the boss of McLaren’s road car division, Mike Flewitt, said in a statement. “We are calling BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ because it’s a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren.”

This means it won’t be a track car, as some have speculated. And there won’t be any open-top version. As for the power source, this will be a hybrid setup likely borrowed from the P1. Recall, 50 percent of McLaren’s lineup will be hybrids by 2022.

The modern F1 is expected to be McLaren’s most expensive road car yet. It’s so bespoke that even all of the switchgear will be exquisitely crafted for the car. And like the McLaren F1, and McLaren road cars since, the car will feature butterfly-style doors (McLaren calls them dihedral doors, but this time they will be powered.

Additional details will be released at a later date.

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