McLaren head Ron Dennis said that its latest supercar (the spiritual successor to the F1) won’t be as fast as the iconic F1 in the 1990s. Dennis was a speaker at the opening of the new Trivett McLaren dealership in Sydney. He said that this supercar will be unveiled in May. He also said that it was never the brand’s intention to exceed the F1’s top speed of 391 km/h or take the record from the Bugatti Veyron.
He pointed out that the MP4-12C could go faster than an F1 in any circuit but he wants to eliminate the obsession on top speed. Instead, McLaren’s focus has been on the “complete package of performance.”
He believes that the McLaren will soon reveal the world’s most technologically advanced supercar to compete with those made by Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.
He said that McLaren’s next car comes with many technologies that don’t even exist yet. He said that just between 300 and 500 samples of this car will be built. He expressed confidence that this car will be the “most innovative, creative supercar” of its time.
He revealed that the supercar and a new, more affordable model that will be placed under the 12C will use the carbon fibre central structure of the 12C, named monocell.
It will still use the McLaren-designed 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine but it will now have a better performance and maybe even more capacity. It is expected to be mated to a hybrid system to improve performance and reduce fuel consumption. However, the styling will be very different from the conservative 12C.