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McLaren F1 Successor: 1,000 HP, 2.5 Seconds To 62 MPH, August Debut

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On: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

McLaren F1 Successor: 1,000 HP, 2.5 Seconds To 62 MPH, August Debut

We've heard tell of a big McLaren debut before. At the time, it wasn't clear if the reveal would be public or private, and since we never heard anything about it later on, it was either private and tightly concealed or didn't happen. According to a new report from the UK, McLaren will hold a private debut at Pebble Beach, followed up with a full public reveal at the Paris Motor Show a month later. The subject of the reveal, of course, is the much anticipated F1 successor.

Not only does CarsUK provide a pretty solid (and believable) time line for the F1's appearance, it also has some new rumors about what the car will be capable of. We've heard the flagship's codename is P12, and CarsUK says that the actual model may be called '799'. That number undoubtedly refers to the ~800 hp that's rumored to come from its 3.8-liter V-8 engine.

Eight hundred horsepower would be more than enough for McLaren to compete with cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta or Lamborghini Aventador, but the P12/799 is about something more - it's about competing with the fastest, most powerful cars in the world. The Bugatti Veyron, SSC Tuatara and upcoming Ferrari Enzo successor are a few of its future colleagues. So McLaren will reportedly use a KERS system to add up to a 200-hp boost for a total of 1,000.

Even more exciting than that attractive 1,000-hp number, McLaren is reportedly aiming to take the title of world's fastest accelerating car, meaning it will best the Bugatti Veyron's 2.5-second 0-62 mph time. On the down side, it doesn't appear to have any interest in regaining the world speed crown by challenging the Bugatti Veyron SS at the 268-mph end of the scale.

If you're thinking the 799 will be a bigger, more aggressive MP4-12C, think again. Word is that McLaren has abandoned the somewhat forgettable, cookie cutter styling formula for something much more dramatic. The site even describes it as "almost cartoon like." While that could be interpreted in both good or bad ways, we take it to mean that the 799 will be completely fresh and extreme, much like we'd argue the SSC Tuatara is.

Hopefully some more information leaks after Pebble Beach. We imagine it will be difficult to keep a car this exciting debut under wraps for a whole month.


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