New three-seat McLaren set to beat F1’s top speed

Article Stuart Milne
Mar 9, 2018


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McLaren BP23 will become the firm’s fastest road car ever

McLaren is to launch a three-seat hypercar that"ll be the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 – one of the world’s fastest and most iconic performance cars.

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

Like the F1, the McLaren BP23 will feature a novel three-seat layout that sees the driver sat centrally, ahead of two rear passengers. Also like the F1, just 106 will be built, costing £1.6m, plus taxes – and they’re already sold.

However, McLaren bosses are quick to say the BP23 isn’t a replacement for the F1, rather a homage to it. 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 had previously suggested the P1 replacement would be a pure electric hypercar, with a range of at least 300 miles and capable of 20 to 30 minutes of flat-out track use.

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The hybrid-powered BP23 will be built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the "skunkworks" responsible for designing the firm"s Ultimate Series cars. The BP23 name is reference to it being MSO"s second bespoke project, and having three seats.

The BP23 name won’t make it to production though. McLaren remains tight-lipped on what it might be called, but has said it won’t use the “alphanumerical nomenclatures” from the Sport Series and Super Series models, like 720S and 540C. Earlier this year, McLaren announced the Senna GTR, which could set a precedent for the naming of the new car.

Although all BP23s are already sold, MSO will work with the 106 owners to personalise their cars through a range of body colours, trim materials and other customisation options. The car will be revealed later this year, and the first examples will be delivered in 2019.

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