McLaren has yet to reveal the BP23 in full. But it’s already sold all 106 built slots for the new hypercar. So to keep them entertained while it prepares to roll out the finished product, it’s dispatching these sculptural models to each future owner. And in the process, it’s giving us another glimpse at what to expect.
The BP23 is slated to sit beside the Senna in McLaren’s Ultimate Series. But where the Senna is a track-focused, stripped-down performance machine, the BP23 will be more of a grand tourer. Still mid-engined, mind you, but more comfortable. (And hopefully more elegant, too.)
The next big thing from Woking is also set to incorporate the same style of three-seat layout and central driving position as the legendary McLaren F1. And it’s being engineered to reach a top speed of 243 miles per hour (391 km/h). That will make it the fastest road car ever produced by The House That Bruce Built.
Much smaller (of course) than the vehicle it previews, the BP23 Speed Form measures 400 by 205 by 80 millimeters (16 x 8 x 3 inches) and weighs 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds). Each is being CNC-machined in a process that takes over 100 hours to craft – 30 hours of which are spent just hand-polishing the thing.
The finished product may not do the same job as that special-edition 911 Turbo did in keeping Porsche’s 918 Spyder customers content while awaiting delivery. And it won’t be available to “the rest of us” to buy. But we’re getting the distinct feeling that McLaren’s new hybrid hyper-GT will be worth the wait.