McLaren to build successor to F1 supercar

McLaren to build successor to F1 supercar

McLaren F1 fq

McLaren is hard at it preparing to launch its new road-car division, and speculation is that the new P11 (targeted at the likes of the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4) won’t be the only product on offer. Last month, reports surfaced that McLaren is working on a smaller P8 to rival the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, but the latest news sounds even more interesting. Frank Stephenson, the designer McLaren hired to spearhead the styling of its new line of supercars, has revealed that the company is working on a replacement for the legendary McLaren F1 supercar.

The original, powered by a BMW-sourced 6.0-litre V12 with over 600 horsepower, shattered records and quickly seized the mantle of number one supercar in the earlier 90’s, and held it for years. Its future successor promises to be just as revolutionary, with power provided by a retuned version of Mercedes AMG’s 6.2-litre V8 modified by Mahle (formerly part of Cosworth) with an eye on the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg CCX in terms of price and performance. As for what it’ll look like, Stephenson says he’s starting from scratch, so enthusiasts everywhere are left waiting in anticipation.

McLaren F1 fq

McLaren is hard at it preparing to launch its new road-car division, and speculation is that the new P11 (targeted at the likes of the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4) won’t be the only product on offer. Last month, reports surfaced that McLaren is working on a smaller P8 to rival the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, but the latest news sounds even more interesting. Frank Stephenson, the designer McLaren hired to spearhead the styling of its new line of supercars, has revealed that the company is working on a replacement for the legendary McLaren F1 supercar.

The original, powered by a BMW-sourced 6.0-litre V12 with over 600 horsepower, shattered records and quickly seized the mantle of number one supercar in the earlier 90’s, and held it for years. Its future successor promises to be just as revolutionary, with power provided by a retuned version of Mercedes AMG’s 6.2-litre V8 modified by Mahle (formerly part of Cosworth) with an eye on the Bugatti Veyron and Koenigsegg CCX in terms of price and performance. As for what it’ll look like, Stephenson says he’s starting from scratch, so enthusiasts everywhere are left waiting in anticipation.

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