Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

New McLaren BP23 will be fastest McLaren ever made

New McLaren BP23 will be fastest McLaren ever made New McLaren BP23 will be fastest McLaren ever made
Sherri Watson | 09 March, 2018, 23:45

At least 243 miles per hour, indeed, thus exceeding the top speed of the McLaren F1. Like the F1, it'll have a central driving position, with the driver's seat pushed forward ahead of two, flanking passenger seats.

We've reported earlier that the upcoming McLaren Ultimate Series "Hyper-GT" BP23 will be a seriously fast machine. That means it will have a top whack in excess of 243 miles per hour, the vMax of McLaren's iconic F1 supercar.

Speaking of the reveal, McLaren will host a private debut for customers ahead of its public debut. Before you ask about buying one, the entire allotment of 106 units was already sold before the BP23 was announced in November 2016.

A test mule for what will be the brand's "fastest ever model" has also been developed based on the 720S to evaluate different cabin ergonomic options and its unique three-seat layout. There, 106 lucky individuals will see the auto first before McLaren Special Operations begins the customer personalization process ahead of production. New technologies for the BP23 are also being trialed such as digital mirror tech that could feature on the final model. That vehicle reached the top speed of 243 miles per hour, or 391 km/h; it appears the manufacturer wants the new auto to hit or exceed 400 km/h. Further development of the BP23 is now underway at McLaren Special Operations (MSO), dedicated producers of McLaren Ultimate Series cars. "A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet created, but the auto will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard". The BP23 name is reference to it being MSO's second bespoke project, and having three seats. But Flewitt has said that while the new model is an homage to the first McLaren road auto, it is not a direct successor. In a statement, McLaren confirmed the new model will be able to surpass this speed, although it's unclear what the top speed target has been set at.