McLaren already developing the F1 successor

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2011

It appears that McLaren started testing the successor of the iconic McLaren F1 and according to our sources we have to expect an impressive hypercar as the British manufacturer has some serious competition. Ans when we say competition we are talking about cars like the Bugatti Veyron, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari Enzo replacement.

The new McLaren hypercar is expected to be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering around 800 hp and mated to a seven-speed Graziano dual-clutch gearbox to send power to the rear wheels.

Regarding the performances, the new car will hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds and 200 mph in 20 seconds.

Moreover, the new car will feature a lightweight carbonfibre monocell, similar to the one used by the smaller McLaren MP4-12C, but also aluminum pushrod suspension, hydraulic anti-roll control, adaptive dampers and a five-stage traction control system like the one used by Ferrari.

In order to stop the car, McLaren will use Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes as standard but an aerodynamic brake is also expected. Regarding the design, expect to see an ‘angry’ hypercar while at the interior luxury will be kept to a minimum.

For those not familiar, the sports car known as the McLaren F1 was designed by Gordon Murray and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. The idea came about as an exercise by designers who wanted to know what would be the ultimate road car. For Chief engineer Gordon Murray, the approach to the design concept was how high-performance car designers looked at it.

They aim to increase the power and lower the weight. In order to attain this, the expensive and high-tech materials were utilized which included Kevlar, magnesium, gold, titanium, and carbon fiber. In fact, the McLaren F1 is considered to be the first production car to have a monocoque chassis made entirely of carbon fiber. Aside from the materials used, the McLaren F1 is equipped as well with various trademarked technologies and designs.

In addition to being lighter compared to most of its competitors and rivals, its structure is more streamlined. This, despite the fact that it has an extra seat compared to sports cars of the same type which typically put the driver’s seat in the middle.

While it is track oriented and fitted with a powerful engine, it does not sacrifice everyday comfort and usability. Though this model was not made to race, a modified version of the McLaren F1 has managed to win a number of races like the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans where it raced with prototype race cars that were purpose-built. Even with the win, by March 31, 1998, the McLaren F1 held the record for being the fastest production car clocking in at 391 km/h (240 mph).

As of April 2009, only three cars have managed to beat the top speed of the McLaren F1 though it remains to be the fastest naturally-aspirated production car. Production of the McLaren F1 started in 1992 and ended by 1998. Overall, 106 units were made, though for some units, there were certain variations done to the design.

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