Twenty years after production of the iconic McLaren F1 ended, McLaren is readying its spiritual successor: the Speedtail.
Teased a few times, the hypercar will have quite a few things in common with the F1, including the production run of only 106 examples and, most importantly, the central driving position.
Elsewhere, the McLaren Speedtail will be entirely new. And it will use hybrid power, although the exact specs are yet to be revealed. However, it could adopt a tuned version of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine of the 720S, along with at least one electric motor, or maybe something closer to the P1’s powertrain.
The 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint will take 2.8 seconds, according to Woking, and top speed will exceed the F1’s 391km/h (243mph).
In addition to a hybrid powertrain, the Speedtail will also get a very modern design, as previewed by a few teaser images. And it was one of these images that inspired Justin Ortiz to create a rendering.
At a first glance, the hypercar, with its soft curves, slim LED taillights with the brand’s logo sitting in between, and a very refrained diffuser, doesn’t look like anything that comes from McLaren, although it remains faithful to the sketch released by the automaker itself.
Anyhow, we’ll learn before the end of 2018, when McLaren’s official launch will take place, how close this rendering is to the real thing.