McLaren Automotive has just been caught red handed testing their new hypercar. The new successor to the legendary McLaren F1 has a big ambition – to supersede every other cars in its class like the Bugatti Veyron and the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder.
Although the car spied seems to be longer, wider and lower albeit with a similar sized cabin, the new McLaren will revolve around the same lightweight carbon-fiber monocell used in the MP4-12C.
The central seating arrangement ala F1 cars do not seem to make it to the test mule as it appears to be a left hand drive. The only feature resembling an F1 race car is a central air intake located above the cabin. A central exhaust is also in place.
The mid-engined test car also seems to have a pretty long tail which lends support to the claim to McLaren will offer the vehicle in standard and long-tail body styles. For the purpose of top speed, the long-tail version will be offered and would very likely become the base for the racing version.
The car will be equipped with an aluminum pushrod suspension system together with hydraulic anti-roll control, five-stage traction control system and adaptive dampers. It will also be fitted with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes as standard with brake steer and also electronic brake-force functions. The car will probably come with an option to have the ABS system switched off on race tracks.
It is believed that the car will be powered with a new 5.0-liter V8 engine outputting close to 800bhp at 7500rpm and a monstrous 590lbft of torque with power transferred through a Graziano dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. An F1-style KERS system will also likely be present to increase the car’s power and performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
You do not find luxuries in a race car and similarly, you would find trace amounts of it in this car. However, features for the most of avid of drivers like an on-board data logger as well as a video camera will be offered by McLaren.
Expect limited amounts of this car to be driving on the streets as only two to three cars will be produced each week over a four year period at the McLaren Technology Centre. No one knows exactly how much this car would cost but it would likely hit seven figures so if you are not quite looking for something on this level just yet – why not consider a smaller Bad Credit Car Loans product from MSG Cars and simply look to purchase the car you want from the dealership of your choice.
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