Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

McLaren BP23 hybrid is a 243+ miles per hour 3-seat Hyper-GT

McLaren BP23 hybrid is a 243+ miles per hour 3-seat Hyper-GT

While the F1 was an out-and-out speed machine, McLaren says the BP23 will be a "hyper GT", meaning it'll be more comfortable and spacious.

McLaren BP23
McLaren BP23 Mc Laren BP23

Along with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, the new BP23 will carry a central driving position flanked by two outboard seats in a V formation, just like its F1 forebear. New sketches released from the brand show its unique seating layout from above, as well as the driver-focused dashboard with digital instruments.

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McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt also confirmed at Geneva that we'll be seeing the new auto in a public reveal before 2018 is out. All 106 have already been sold, setting owners back $2.5 million apiece. As such, each BP23 customer will have their vehicle given the full bespoke treatment by McLaren Special Operations. That makes it faster than the new 720S, faster than the P1 and even faster than the legendary three-place F1. New technologies for the BP23 are also being trialed such as digital mirror tech that could feature on the final model.

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Codenamed McLaren BP23, the firm's next "Ultimate Series" model, is capable of exceeding the 243mph peak speed of the iconic F1. As with every McLaren, it's also likely to feature dihedral doors.

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The company promises the auto will be its most luxurious and fastest street-legal model yet, exceeding the iconic F1's 243-mph benchmark after two decades. It will be a three-seater with a central, slightly forward driving position - the same layout as the F1 - and a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, which is most likely to have McLaren's proven four-litre twin turbo V8 driving the rear wheels (possibly with an electric motor/generator for a bit of extra voomah) and two more motors, one either side of a narrow footwell, driving the front wheels. The BP23 name is reference to it being MSO's second bespoke project, and having three seats. He described BP23 as "a auto designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren".

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