Mclaren BP23 details emerge-and it looks great
Woking’s new hypercar, codenamed Mclaren BP23, will be ”the most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever” according to the British automaker. BP23 stands for ‘Bespoke Project 2’ while the ‘3’ is an acknowledgment of the number of seats. With all 106 examples having already been sold, here’s what we know:
- Mclaren BP23 will be a three-seater- a welcome throwback to the McLaren F1 layout, positioning the driver in the centre of the car with one seat on each side positioned slightly further back.
- It’s a GT, not a track focused car. Yes, it does sound a bit contradictory, doesn’t it? The most powerful and most aerodynamic McLaren ever produced is focused on being usable every day and comfortable over long journeys. ”“The Mclaren BP23 won’t be the fastest round a track. It’s not a track car. It’s a luxury hyper-GT,” said McLaren boss Mike Flewitt.
- It’s a hybrid. BP23 will get the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 found in the 720S, and will make use of electric motors too. There’s no word on specific power outputs yet, but the 720S put out 536 kW without the help of electric motors.
- Performance: Well, we know it’s going to be fast. Exactly how fast is anyone’s guess but expect a few new personal bests for McLaren. 0-100km/h won’t be faster than the P1’s 2.8 seconds though. Flewitt was careful to manage expectations linked to the word ‘fastest’. “There are many definitions of fastest,” he said, “Could be fastest from 100-200mph… it is very powerful and has very low drag”.
- There will be no spiders or track versions of BP23, so if you haven’t pre-ordered yours, you’re too late.
- The price tag. Yeah. It’s not good. +/- R32 million.
When will we see it? McLaren are slowly rolling out more sketches and computer generated images of BP23, so keep your eyes peeled. The latest pictures give us an idea of just how aerodynamically aggressive the car will be. There’s no word on an official launch date as of yet, but deliveries are due in 2019.