The new McLaren BP23 will be the fastest McLaren ever
The McLaren BP23 will be the fastest McLaren ever. Woking has now confirmed that the next car in the Ultimate Series line-up will have a top speed of at least 243mph, outstripping the maximum achieved by the F1 back in 1998.
It won’t, however, get involved with the top speed war currently being waged by Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Hennessey. “Absolute top speed is not the point,” McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt says, “but it will be very, very, very, very quick, by far the fastest car McLaren has ever made. Beyond that, we want to sell a car that can do what it can do straight out of the showroom. If it had a set of tyres that can do 300mph, they’d be horrible to use – damn near solid. I want to deliver a package that’s drivable. What it won’t do is set any lap times because it doesn’t have a whole load of downforce”.
BP23 (it stands for Bepoke Prototype two, three seat), will be revealed before the end of the year. McLaren has already said only 106 of the central driving position cars (the same number as original F1s) will be built, but further details are harder to tease out.
McLaren hasn’t yet made statements on power or engine, but Flewitt did – perhaps inadvertently – reveal it will use the twin turbo V8. “There’s quite a lot of development in the V8. It’ll be with us into the middle of the 2020s. The lowest power is about 430 in the GT4, and we’ve done 1000bhp with hybridization in the P1 GTR. I’m not allowed to tell you what BP23 will be, but there’s a fair amount of stretch in that engine”.
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