McLaren BP23 will have a higher top speed than the F1

McLaren BP23 will have a higher top speed than the F1

Pablo Tucker
March 10, 2018

Alongside the Senna GTR, McLaren used the Geneva Motor Show to reveal that the forthcoming three-seat "Hyper-GT" will be the fastest vehicle the brand has ever produced.

Codenamed McLaren BP23, the firm's next "Ultimate Series" model, is capable of exceeding the 243mph peak speed of the iconic F1.

Teaser for Mc Laren BP23 F1 successor launching in 2019
Teaser for Mc Laren BP23 F1 successor launching in 2019 Enlarge

McLaren has managed to keep most of the details under wraps, since we still don't know what it will actually be called and how much power the hybrid powertrain generates. New sketches released from the brand show its unique seating layout from above, as well as the driver-focused dashboard with digital instruments.

McLaren is describing the BP23 as a "hyper-GT" vehicle, suggesting it will have some grand touring ability while also showcasing the outright performance we've come to expect from today's hypercars.

The company's CEO, Mike Flewitt, confirmed the accolade at the Geneva motor show on Friday and explicitly said the BP23 "hyper GT" will exceed the 243-mph mark.

The entire BP23 production of 106 examples was allocated before the vehicle was officially announced in November 2016. There, 106 lucky individuals will see the auto first before McLaren Special Operations begins the customer personalization process ahead of production.

The BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name, rather than the alphanumerical nomenclatures used by the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series. New technologies for the BP23 are also being trialed such as digital mirror tech that could feature on the final model. Further development of the BP23 is now underway at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), dedicated producers of McLaren Ultimate Series cars.

Like the F1, the BP23 is meant to be a road auto first and foremost, and as such is referred to by McLaren as a "hyper GT" vehicle. Featuring a three-seat cockpit design with a central driving position - the same layout as the F1 - and a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, BP23 will deliver the unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren. It is expected that McLaren will be ready to show its new auto later in 2018.

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