McLaren has made it clear that BP23 (it stands for Bespoke Project 2, 3-seater) has been designed as its ultimate road-going grand tourer, not primarily a track car. Despite this, as an Ultimate Series model, it will have to be the most powerful and fastest McLaren yet developed. Expect a hybrid powertrain using a version of the latest 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with an advanced electric side for emissions-free running in cities.
Expect too plenty of creature comforts in what will be McLaren’s most luxurious and fully featured model yet, with a glassy teardrop cabin offering all-round visibility in the manner of the 720, plus room for luggage. It might not beat a P1 round a circuit but for McLaren, it will be the ultimate land-based way for three people to travel long distances.
As long as Chris Goodwin got the mule in the pictures back to Woking in one piece – we are sure he did! – then development of this most majestic of McLarens should remain on schedule with the first of the 106 cars to be made (same number as F1s) going to its owner in 2019.
As a machine assembled by McLaren Special Ops (MSO), BP23 will be largely bespoke and offer a multitude of personalisation choices so that every car is different. The car is rumoured to cost £1.6m plus taxes and… you guessed… they are said to be all sold.