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McLaren F1 Successor Now Testing

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On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren F1 Successor Now Testing

As nice a car as the McLaren MP4-12C is, it's really just a mid-level super-coupe on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Gallardo. There's still a 599 GTB/Aventador LP700-4-level McLaren waiting in the wings. In fact, McLaren aims to surpass even those names, making a true F1 successor that will compete with super-million-dollar, limited run hypercars like the Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Enzo replacement and SSC Tuatara.

According to new reports, McLaren has moved on to the testing phase for its flagship.

If I had to write the history of modern day supercars, I'd have to cite the McLaren F1 as the first in what I'd term the ultra-exclusive hypercar era. Prior to the F1, world records primarily came from competitive products from exotic automakers like Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche. Then, the F1 changed the game with an untouchable 240 mph world record that stood for seven years. After that point, world records were no longer the domain of "mainstream" supercars like Lamborghini or Ferrari; they were the obsession of small supercar manufacturers like Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and SSC, manufacturers whose ultra-exclusive vehicles have often exceeded a million dollars.

So it's not much of a surprise that McLaren is positioning for a spot back at the table. To do so, it will build a car with a 799-hp 5.0-liter V-8 engine and a reported price tag around a million pounds ($1.57 million). That engine isn't quite as massive as super-1,000-hp plants that have become the norm in 2011, but McLaren will limit the car's weight using a carbon fiber monocell similar to the one in the MP2-12C and a minimalistic interior. The car's mix of power and svelte build will result in reported numbers of 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds and 200 mph in around 20 seconds. No word on top speed, but we'd expect that it will be in the mid-200s, if not up in world-record territory.

According to Autocar, McLaren has started testing its next flagship in locations that include Spain and Germany. The company is planning a 2014 launch of the model with a production run of around 500 units.


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