What Is That Mystery McLaren In The Background Of This Pic?

If you ever get the chance to visit the McLaren Technology Centre – highly recommended – you’ll be politely asked to refrain from taking photos. Even on the Boulevard that displays a rotating collection of road and race cars from the company’s history, and where this intriguing photo was taken.

Even though it’s set up for visitors to enjoy, the Boulevard at the center of McLaren’s headquarters in Woking overlooks some workshops that could contain some rather sensitive material and intellectual property. Like the three mystery vehicles seen in the background of this shot.

The image was posted by the Formula One team on its official Instagram feed, showing (in the foreground) one of its earlier single-seaters. But in the background are two or three vehicles that are a little tricky to identify, but clearly do not belong to any of the company’s current models.

As Motor1 points out, speculation began to mount as soon as the image was posted that the image could (by design or by accident) be giving us our best look yet at the forthcoming Speedtail. Previously known by its internal designation BP23, the Speedtail is a new hyper-GT that McLaren is known to be working on, with three-seat/center-driving layout and a 240-plus mph top speed, set to be released sometime next year.

The manufacturer responded to the speculation by denying that the prototypes in the background belong to the Speedtail. It pointed instead to the McLaren Design Night – an even held recently at the Ascot dealership showcasing how its supercars are styled. And there was at least one scale model on display there that bore some resemblance to the ones in the background of the Instagram pic, but bears some distinct differences.

We take McLaren at is word that we’re not looking at the Speedtail here. But those apparent differences, and the mere presence of the models in the workshop, make us wonder what the racing team turned exotic automaker could be working on. Here’s hoping we find out sooner rather than later.

  • Matthijs

    Probably one of many mock-ups for a McLaren that might come or that’s already on the market. And so a design that didn’t make it to an productionmodel. Every bar brand does that

    • Marty

      Yes, It’s most likely one of the proposals for the current cars. You probably don’t place a secret clay model in front of a huge window in an exhibition hall open for the public… 🙂

  • RDS Alphard

    Consider the black one in front of the silver one looks like 570S/P1, I’m guessing those were one of those “possible candidate” to 570S/P1, but in scaled?

  • Anon

    Its the Mclaren-E 2020 🙂

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’s probably just a design study. McLaren is smart enough not to reveal a future model like that in a picture long before its reveal date

  • donald seymour

    This was intentionally done on McLaren’s part to create buzz. But the reality is that those cars are probably most likely unused mock-ups.

    • Shahul Usman

      yea I thought the same thing.. design studies

  • Knotmyrealname

    Probably an early P1 model.

  • No

    The F1 display at MTV is open to the visitors. There is not a chance is hell that they’d leave a top secret project just out there for everyone to see.

  • Like everyone said here, it’s just a design mock up when they want to make a new model. I think I said this before but if you were allowed to see a design studios, you’ll be amazed of the design they had there. Probably wish one of them gone to production inside.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    As if McLaren–a Formula 1 team–would be careless enough to leave a top secret project in the open.

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