McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has confirmed some details on what they are dubbing the worlds first ‘Hyper-GT’ which, they say, will be the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren to date. The cars (codenamed BP23) development has been left to MSO, who will produce a limited run of 106 examples, all of which have already been pre-sold.
McLaren Automotive’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flewitt said at the announcement of the project, “BP23 will borrow the three seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fibre body of great elegance. 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. A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet created but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard.”
The British manufacturer is aiming to deliver the first examples in early 2019, with design work already underway. Production is capped at 106 cars, the same number produced as the legendary F1. When the design is nearing completion, future owners of the McLaren BP23 will be invited to work alongside MSO to create and design their own bespoke features and points of personalisation for their new three-seater Hyper-GT. Remaining consistent with the McLaren fleet, F1 included, the car will feature dihedral doors although, in the BP23, for the first time the doors will be powered with apertures extending into the roof.
Whilst McLaren hasn’t given us a lot of information to chew on, the idea of a return of a three-seater McLaren hyper car is one we can all get excited about, considering the magnitude of the last one. Further details of the car will be revealed closer to it’s launch.