McLaren F1 To Be Reborn In 2018 As Powerful GT With Iconic 3-Seater Layout

We just heard that a new-age McLaren F1 could be created and now, Autocar is reporting that such a model has already been signed off for production and will have a starting price of £2 million, more than double the P1.

The publication suggests that the model will be created in extremely limited numbers by McLaren Special Operations and adopt the form of an exceptionally powerful GT car and the F1’s famed three-seat layout.

Those within the Woking-based automaker are apparently referring to the car as a ‘hyper-GT’ with it providing hypercar performance with the luxury of more subdued cruisers.

A McLaren insider said “It applies the F1’s three-seat configuration to a different need: rapid, cross-continental travel with supreme speed and style. The result will be the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren yet made.”

Power for the model will apparently come from McLaren’s staple 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Unlike the P1, the engine won’t be helped along by any electrical assistance and should be capable of delivering over 700 hp all on its own. This will make a top speed exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h) easily achievable.

As with McLaren’s Super Series and Ultimate Series of models, the new F1 will include the firm’s highly-regarded Proactive Chassis Control system but will be retuned away from sporting prowess and instead aim to offer the most comfortable ride possible. Underpinning the model will be McLaren’s staple carbon fiber Monocell but to accommodate the central driving position, it will be re-engineered.

Codenamed BP23 by McLaren Special Operations, production could be capped to just 64 units, the same number of road-legal F1s which were built. A debut in 2018 is rumored.


  • Matt

    For this kind of performance is just a bad deal. F1 was the fastest in the world, so 320 km/h is not that exiting for a three seat 2M pound car. They should put two of those 3,8 in it and make a 7,6 covered in gold. This would be worth 2 M pounds+.

  • pur_sang

    if the only common thread here is the 3 seats, then that’s the wrong direction to take!
    they really should build a top of the line, well-considered halo ubercar every decade to carry the F1 name.

  • kachuks

    They won’t have to do much tweaking to update the styling. The 25 year old design still looks good today.

  • AnklaX

    Central driving position makes sense if the car is performance or track oriented like the P1. For a luxurious Hyper GT, it will only be a convenience. 700 hp for 2 mills! I think it has the worst money to power ratio of any car ever. Just get a 1000 BMW V12 diipped in gold and all will be well. From the design decisions revealed so far, looks like this car is doomed to suffer from identity crisis once its out.

  • Vassilis

    It would certainly be nice to bring the F1 name back but not this way. F1 is the pinnacle. Making a very fast GT car won’t be McLaren’s pinnacle. Maybe it would be better to name the P1’s successor like that.

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