McLaren has released details of its new three-seat BP23 car, which will follow on from the famed F1. The car is being made by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the department responsible for bespoke customer commissions.
McLaren says it will be “the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious road-going McLaren to date.” The manufacturer has called the new design the world’s first ‘Hyper-GT’ because it will be created with longer journeys in mind, while retaining McLaren’s high level of performance.
The codename BP23 stands for Bespoke Project 2 (with 3 seats). The three-seat layout is taken from the McLaren F1, with the driver’s seat in the front centre.
The BP23 Hyper-GT’s sleek carbon-fibre body will be streamlined and shrink-wrapped. And, like every McLaren design, it will feature dihedral doors. But for the first time, they will be powered with apertures from the roof. And the car will have a new hybrid powertrain, making it one of the most powerful McLaren cars ever created.
Design work for the new car has already begun and now rests in the hands of the MSO. The department will work alongside the future owners so each can create their own bespoke car. Buyers can set the colour, trim and other personalised features as they wish. Plus all of the switchgear electrical controls will be bespoke and unique to the car.
The MSO will make 106 BP23 Hyper-GTs, as they did with the F1, and all units have already been sold. The first examples are expected to be delivered in early 2019. More details and specifications will be released nearer the launch date.