Tuesday 21 November 2017

New design sketch hints at appearance of the most powerful road-going McLaren

By Laura Thomson

The BP23 will be McLaren’s most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going model thanks to a hybrid powertrain and streamlined carbon-fibre body

McLaren has teased a new design sketch of its upcoming ‘Hyper-GT’, which will become the carmaker’s most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going model.

This new sketch focuses on the rear three-quarters of the hotly anticipated car – codenamed BP23 – and expands on a bird’s eye sketch revealed at the announcement of the new model in November 2016.

Featuring a hybrid powertrain inside a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon-fibre body, the model harks back to McLaren’s revered F1 with a three-seat configuration. Similarly to the F1, it will be built in a limited run of just 106 units.

The British automaker’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), will be responsible for crafting the BP23 as a luxurious new addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series. Despite delivery not expected for two years, all of the models have been sold ahead of production, with buyers poised to work alongside MSO to select colours, trim materials and other personal touches.

The name BP23 is derived from the model’s status as MSO’s second bespoke project and its three-seat configuration.

When the car was announced, McLaren Automotive’s CEO, Mike Flewitt, said: “We are calling BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ because it’s a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren.”

With the release of the new design sketch, McLaren confirmed that the BP23 will indeed be its most powerful model ever, despite Flewitt having previously said it would be “one of the most powerful McLarens yet.”

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