McLaren BP23 'Hyper GT' will beat F1's 243-mph top speed

  • McLaren BP23 'Hyper GT' will beat F1's 243-mph top speed

McLaren BP23 'Hyper GT' will beat F1's 243-mph top speed

The announcement was made by Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.

McLaren has confirmed that the next model in its Ultimate Series will be the fastest street legal McLaren ever, faster even than the iconic, 391km/h F1 of the 1990s, as well as the most luxurious.

The entire BP23 production of 106 examples was allocated before the auto was officially announced in November 2016.

We had another tease for the BP 23 in March previous year, and six months later McLaren were back with 'spy' photos of the BP23 as a 720S mule. Also akin to the F1, the BP23 will be a three-seater, with the driver centered in the vehicle, and their passengers flanking them.

McLaren will officially unveil the BP23 later this year, but in the meantime it has released a small series of sketches illustrating some of the car's more distinctive aspects. With well over a quarter-century of technological improvements, any top-speed run will likely be less fraught than Wallace's run in 1998 - something he described later as giving him "seriously sweaty palms".

BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name, rather than the alphanumerical nomenclatures used by the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series; this name, together with the maximum possible speed, will be disclosed nearer to the car's reveal. McLaren has already pre-sold every BP23. McLaren Tasman, anyone? The guessing begins here.