McLaren hyper-GT three-seater development mule – first images

This modified 720S is the development mule for the McLaren’s three-seater BP23 (in walk-to-measure project, to two, to three places), his next Series, the Ultimate grand tourer.

Only 106 BP23s, which have a central driver’s seat flanked by two passenger seats, will be built when the car goes on sale in 2019, but the McLaren was keen to stress that, although the BP23 will be, in a manner not specified, “the fastest ever, the McLaren”, the goal will not be on the track.

“It’s just faster – that is all we are saying at the minute,” said Andy Palmer, McLaren Ultimate Series director of the line. “The goal of this car is to give the customers the opportunity to have a high level of luxury, tailor-made, items, drive, high-performance, high-speed – a very road focused grand tourer.”

Even if the BP23 is “tailor-made”, Autocar understands that another member of the McLaren’s Ultimate Series line-up, P15 track-focused sports car, he arrives before the BP23.

The risk is that P15 is the third in the Series the Ultimate auto to conceive, but beat the BP23 market because of the three seats of the complexity. BP23 will have a hybrid powertrain to increase the power of the V8 biturbo large levels, and this requires significant changes to its carbon fiber passenger compartment – that Palmer only describe as “different” to the 720S – to accommodate three people comfortably.

“The center of the seat is an incredible thing, ” Palmer told Autocar. “The attraction is not only the driving position, but you can take two passengers and luggage on a long trip. I sat in the back and is not a bad place to be.

“The technology has moved on, in particular carbon, and in our jacuzzi and in our monocell, and how we engineer to accommodate three seats. It is not without compromises, it is not sitting in the back of a Mercedes S-Class, but that’s still not crouch down or narrow space.” Palmer and his colleagues say that the entrance and the exit for the BP23 is much easier than it was in F1, too. The cameras could increase mirrors to increase visibility, without compromising the aerodynamics.

If the lap times are not the way in which the McLaren to measure the BP23 performance (and are not), that leaves the acceleration or top speed as the two measures with which the BP23 will be the fastest in the McLaren. Palmer will not be drawn on power outputs or even powertrain specifics, but beat the F1’s 240mph top speed o the P1 acceleration figures (0-62mph in 2.8 sec and 0-186mph in 16.5 sec) would require an output besides also the P1 is 903bhp. So expect a much enhanced development of the 720S 4.0-litre V8 engine, supplemented by a hybrid system whose primary mission will be to eliminate the turbo lag.

The car has a price of around £2 million, also before each visit to McLaren Special Operations to tailor-made options. All of the 106 cars are accounted for.