Having recently announced that it has achieved a sales record in 2017, McLaren certainly has no desire to sit on its laurels. The English House is working intensively on the development of its new hypercar that will be at the top of the Ultimate Series range.
The creature in question is known by the code name BP23 , name that stands for Bespoke Project 2 while the 3 refers to the number of seats that will offer the passenger compartment (it is likely that McLaren Senna was the Bespoke Project 1). This new McLaren supercar will be the spiritual heir of the iconic F1, also configured with three seats and a central driving position, as well as for several years (from 1992 to 2005) holder of the world speed record with its 386.4 km / h.
The Woking builder has already shown a couple of anticipated images with a camouflaged prototype led by test driver Chris Goodwin, then passed to Aston Martin. On the BP23, McLaren said that it will be the Grand Tourer of the Ultimate family and that will be the fastest ever McLaren , even if we do not know if this last statement includes or not even the recent Senna model.
A prototype that looks a lot like what the British manufacturer has shown us so far has recently been sighted parked on the street, as we can see in the video below. The car was obviously covered almost entirely by camouflage film. The car is missing a third place, which could mean that it is a test rig, probably based on the 720S, since the final version of the BP23 will not arrive before 2019.
Like all McLaren, the BP23 will use the MonoCage carbon fiber frame , perhaps in an updated version, and since it will be part of the Ultimate Series range it is supposed to be equipped with a hybrid powertrain , like the P1, which could be based on V8 twin-turbo 4.0 liters that debuted on the 720S flanked by an electric unit for a total power of more than 1,000 hp.
Among the other technical innovations expected, there are also the new electric-hydraulic suspensions of McLaren, the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) inspired by Formula 1 which increases acceleration thrust thanks to the electric motor and the Drag Reduction System (DRS) introduced on P1.
The McLaren BP23 will be made in only 106 specimens and almost certainly will be launched with a different name that could contain the initials F1.