McLaren planning a successor to the legendary F1

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

It is the intention of McLaren to get to the top of the supercar ranks with its extended lineup of high performance cars, along with a modern version of the iconic F1. Autocar received an exclusive outline of the plans through a top brass with the company privy to the secret business plan.

With the direct supervision of Ron Dennis, McLaren CEO, the daily running of the company's F1 activities have been given up in favor of its road car operations, in its aim to rival low-volume, ultra-high-end car makers like Koenigsegg and Bugatti.

The company will be utilizing its latest mid-engined 430 Scuderia and the P11 as the launch pad for the ultimate introduction of a complete range of radically advanced supercars designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK.

Among the undisclosed new models McLaren is currently developing to extend its range beyond the P11 is the succeeding model to the F1 which was designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens, a car the changed the supercar landscape when it was introduced in 1991.

The car came with 627bhp 6.1-liter V12 unit and a 240mph maximum speed. A McLaren insider said that they have just begun looking at making another F1. It is a clean sheet design, the source said. The new F1, which is targeted at the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg CCX, is expected to reflect the original with no-compromised engineering and a sticker price that intends to be as exclusive as its expensive supercar contenders.

It was reported that McLaren is putting in 250 million Pounds on the supercar project. McLaren plans to produce the new F1 in greater volumes compared to the early F1 where there were only 65 regular models sold. The P11 is just the tip of the iceberg as many other models will follow over in the long haul.

There are reports coming out of Germany that McLaren has struck a deal with its F1 partner, Mercedes-Benz, to reengineer its powerplant for it forthcoming F1 versions.

Although nothing is definite at this time, but Autocar knows that McLaren has had an agreement with Mahle to provide it with special cylinder heads and other internal component parts for the Mercedes-Benz AMG-developed M156, the 6.2-liter V8 engine utilized across the AMG range.

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