McLaren Has Big Plans for Another Utterly Insane Supercar

In the pantheon of supercars, the McLaren F1 holds a special place. Even now, almost a quarter-century after its arrival, its 240.1 mph top speed makes it the fastest naturally aspirated production car ever. Although designed for the street, it dominated at Le Mans. And it remains a drop-dead gorgeous automobile that deserves every superlative used to describe it.

A list of things that set the F1 apart from any car you’ll ever drive runs as long as your arm. And somewhere near the top is the unusual seating arrangement that puts the driver front and center, flanked by a passenger on each side. Now, McLaren is bringing that layout back in a “Hyper-GT” car codenamed the BP23.

“People have always wanted to order a spiritual successor to the F1,” says John Paolo Canton, McLaren’s head of public relations. The British automaker offered one, sort of, in 2013 with the P1, amillion-dollar, 903-horsepower supercarwith conventional seating. It is an insane car, and more than anyone who doesn’t earn a living driving 150 mph or more can handle. But Canton says it didn’t slake people’s thirst for a true F1 descendent.

“It is definitely going to be a hybrid, but the exact configuration is still to be decided,” saysCanton. This, of course, is the norm at the highest echelons of the automotive world, where the most extreme cars have an electric motor paired with a gasoline engine. (The P1 combines a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine and an electric motor.) McLaren expects to show off a concept next year and start deliveries in 2019.

Don’t start buying lottery tickets. McLaren plans to build just 106 of these (it built the same number of F1s) and has already sold them all. That money will offset the considerable R&D costs. The car won’t come cheap, but considering a nice F1 can fetch more than $10 million these days, it should prove a good investment.

The good news is that whatever McLaren learns building the BP23 should make its way into its entry level models like the 570S within a few years. So now you just need $184,900.

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