The company’s first GT – the 570GT Sports Series model launched this year – has been a success for the company, winning approval for the nods to everyday comfort and practicality that it adds to the expected supercar performance and handling.
A big GT brother to this car has been rumoured for some time. A “hyper GT” can be seen as going some way to appease those who wanted a more accommodating McLaren after the firm point blank ruled out any SUV model.
In great contrast to the F1 of the 1990s, BP23 will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, most likely combining the familiar twin turbo V8 with electric motors in the manner of the P1. McLaren isn’t confirming power output but reading between the lines suggests a figure between that of the 675 and the P1, so maybe around 750hp. Everything so far known indicates a road car, with no specific mention of track capability.
Because BP23 is being built by MSO, much of the car will be bespoke, including all the switchgear. The firm says it will be working alongside owners on a wide range of personalisation options so that every BP23 is unique.
The advantages of a central driving position – no left- or right-hand drive conversions, extra visibility, passenger seats either side in a staggered formation – are real enough even if they have failed to convince any other car makers since the ground-breaking F1 came out. The format does come with disadvantages, such as potentially more difficult access for the driver… and a real stretch to the windows to pay those motorway tolls.
It is thought this last point was the main reason why the P1 had only two seats. Today, McLaren says their customers do not think paying tolls will be an issue…