First details on McLaren’s “Mega Mac” F1 successor

First details on McLaren’s “Mega Mac” F1 successor

There’s been rumours and speculation floating around about McLaren’s new top spec F1 successor since the release of its MP4-12C last year. Now, thanks to fresh reports, key details have been divulged and McLaren’s tasty new supercar dubbed the “Mega Mac” sounds like an absolute monster.

Aimed squarely at the world’s top supercars like the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Huayra the Mega Mac plans to defeat them all and jump straight into number one spot. To achieve this it will use a 595kW (799 hp) 5.0-litre V8 motor which has been developed in collaboration with Ricardo. The huge amounts of power will be put to the ground through a Graziano seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Keeping light is vital and the car will feature a carbon fibre Monocell, similar to that seen on the MP4-12C. Interior appointments will also put function before luxury in pursuit of a low kerb weight.

With the emphasis on total power and light weight, performance will be nothing short of breathtaking. Early indications expect the coupe to match the Lamborghini Aventador in the 0-100kph sprint, hitting three figures in just 2.8 seconds. While that’s a few tenths slower than the Bugatti Veyron, the Mega Mac will generate more momentum as it goes reaching the 200 mph (321kph) mark in just 20 seconds flat, a full 2 seconds quicker than the Veyron.

The Mega Mac is expected to share many components with its MP4-12C sibling including, suspension, hydraulic anti-roll control, adaptive dampers and traction control systems. The flagship will also get goodies like active aerodynamics with moving front and rear spoilers, carbon-ceramic brakes and data logging with a video camera for filming high speed antics.

The Mega Mac will most likely roll out in 2014 and early speculation on pricing pegs it at around the $600k US dollar mark. But with only 500 units planned, that’s one figure that is almost certainly going to rise.

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