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McLaren Unveils its Heir to the F1’s Throne

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The famous car-maker provides the details on its ‘bespoke project’.

The McLaren F1 has been the most coveted car on the planet for the last two decades. It debuted in 1994 with a US$810,000 price tag, which would have been a good investment given they’re worth well over $10 million today. One 1998 McLaren F1 LM hypercar was auctioned for US$13.75m last year, one of the few 106 F1s in existence with the LM specification.

Rarity isn’t the only reason F1s are so sought-after — its racing pedigree as the fastest naturally aspirated production car ever seen also explains its appeal.

The F1 boasts a long line of features that set it apart from the crowd: a top speed of 240 miles per hour, scissor doors, gold-plated engine compartment, ultra-strong and ultra-light carbon fibre body, lightweight allow racing wheels, and — most importantly — the driver’s seat in the middle flanked by passengers on each side.

Three years ago, McLaren’s $1 million hybrid hypercar — the P1 — was expected to be the heir to the F1’s throne, but 906 horsepower didn’t count for much when the conventional seating arrangement meant no one saw the P1 as a genuine successor to the original.

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McLaren P1.

Rumours swirled earlier in 2016 that a more fitting descendant was in the works and McLaren confirmed the news last month by announcing the BP23 — as in ‘Bespoke Project 2’, because the project has been hand-balled to McLaren’s custom vehicles team MSO rather than their main production team, plus a three relating to the number of seats, emulating the F1.

The company is calling the BP23 the world’s first Hyper GT, as CEO Mike Flewitt explains, “because it’s a car designed for longer journeys but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren. A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet created but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard.”

Only 106 are being made — the exact same amount as the F1 — with an estimated price tag of $2 million. Fancy adding one to your garage? Sorry, too late — every last one has already been snapped up sight unseen.