McLaren’s three-seat BP23 hypercar will be the brand’s fastest car ever
McLaren has been smashing it recently. In the past 12 months, we’ve been treated to the limited-run MSO X and the brand’s most extreme road car ever – the Senna, while the 720S was hailed as ‘a world class supercar’ as it pulled in a raft of five-star reviews.
The codenamed ‘BP23’ hybrid supercar is another exciting project that McLaren has had simmering for a while and further details on the model have now been revealed.
According to McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt, the forthcoming three-seat ‘Hyper-GT’ will have the highest top speed of any McLaren before it.
This means it will be quicker than the iconic McLaren F1 road car, reaching speeds in excess of 243mph.
Bosses at the Surrey-based brand are wary about revealing an exact number because they know that as soon as they confirm a top speed, Hennessey (the guys responsible for the Venom GT) “will go out and build something faster”.
Following the Bugatti Chiron’s 288mph, the obvious question is how much faster can a road-legal car feasibly go?
Details on the BP23’s petrol-electric hybrid powertrain are being kept secret for now, but if it is to outpace McLaren’s 903bhp P1, it may need to stretch into a four-figure power output.
The next addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series will also be the most luxurious McLaren, the brand says.
Featuring a three-seat cockpit design with a central driving position – the same layout as in the F1, the BP23 will aim to deliver what McLaren hopes will be an unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren.
Only 106 examples will ever be built and all of them found buyers in November 2016 while development of the £1.65 million car was still in its infancy. Production isn’t even expected to begin until the end of 2019.
Each BP23 will be personalised to each owner’s taste by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for bespoke customer commissions