McLaren had just confirmed that they are currently developing the newest member of the McLaren Ultimate Series and they are giving it the codename “BP23”. The British automaker provided photos of the 720S based test mule, or what might be the P1 hypercar’s successor.
The company’s goal for this model is to make it the fastest ever McLaren. Incidentally, it will have hybrid power. When referring to it as the fastest car, this does not necessarily mean that it will be based on lap times like Nurburgring records. There are different ways to measure performance and speed. McLaren says it will soon announce whether the parameters will be top speed, or the 0-200-0 mile per hour time.
Right now, McLaren is using this camouflaged 720S mule to develop the BP23. Though this one has a single-seater layout, the automaker confirmed that the final model will have a 1+2 seating arrangement that will be fitted into the original McLaren F1.
The BP23’s interior will get various parts from the 720S like the flip-up digital instrument display. It will also get interior switches and trim pieces attached to the minimalistic interior. Furthermore, McLaren is considering giving the BP23 fully digital rearview mirrors that work with cameras. The only issue with this right now is that the system is not legal in many parts of the world, so they have not confirmed this feature yet.
For reference, the McLaren P1 used a hybrid powertrain that generated impressive performance figures. And because of its positioning in the Ultimate Series, the BP23 will become the successor of the McLaren P1. And speaking of the McLaren P1, it can carry out a total of 902 horsepower, performing the 62 mile per hour sprint in just 2.8 seconds.
Last September 27 marks the P1’s anniversary since it first made a public appearance in the 2012 Paris Motor Show as a design study. However, it was at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show that the production version was revealed.
Earlier this year, McLaren teased us with a sketch of the BP23 saying that the model would ship to customers in 2019. Here is the thing though, all 106 examples have already been accounted for even before it has been released, so it is too late for you to buy one now. The 106 figure was chosen as it’s the same number of McLaren F1s sold. As mentioned earlier, this will be “the most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever”, and the new model will be called a “Hyper GT”
It is still too early to give precise details regarding the BP23, but stay tuned for more information on the soon to be “fastest McLaren”.