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Is This McLaren’s Upcoming BP23 Three-Seater Hypercar? 7
Jan
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in DRS, Film, Hybrids, IPAS, mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren P1, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, video on 01 7th, 2018


Even though it has increased its range considerably in just a few years and having just announced that it posted record sales in 2017, McLaren is not resting at its laurels but is preparing a new hypercar that will belong in its Ultimate Series.

Code-named BP23, for Bespoke Project 2 with 3 seats (perhaps the Bespoke Project 1 was the Senna), it is the spiritual successor to the iconic F1, which also featured three seats and a central driving position. It also held the world speed record from 1992, with 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h), until 2005, when the Koenigsegg CCR upstaged it, posting a 241.63 mph (388.87 km/h) v-max.

Now, McLaren itself has already shown us a couple of images of a camouflaged prototype with chief tester Chris Goodwin, who has since moved to Aston Martin, at the driver’s seat. It also stated that it will be the Grand Tourer of the Ultimate Series, and at the same time “the fastest ever McLaren”, though we don’t know if this includes the Senna or not.

Anyhow, a prototype that looks a lot like the one Woking has posted was recently captured on video. It was, unsurprisingly, covered in camo and, as the description says, lacked a third seat, which could mean that it is an early, 720S-based test mule, which makes sense, as the production car isn’t expected until 2019.

Like all McLarens, the BP23 will use the MonoCage carbon fiber chassis, most likely in an evolved form, and since it’s an Ultimate Series, we figure it will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, just like the P1, comprising of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that made its debut in the 720S along with an electric motor for a total output in excess of 1,000HP.

We also expect the latest iteration of the company’s electrohydraulic suspension that does away with roll bars, plus the Formula 1-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which gives an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, and Drag Reduction System (DRS) that were introduced in the P1.

The BP23 will be produced in just 106 examples, all of which are already spoken for, and in all likelihood will be launched with a different name. Being a three-seater, we have a hunch that its designation will include the F1 moniker in some way, though this is just our guess. Pity they have wasted used the Senna name already, isn’t it?

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McLaren Opens Dedicated F1 Service Center In The U.S. 19
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mclaren, McLaren F1 on 12 19th, 2017


The McLaren F1 went out of production nearly two decades ago but that hasn’t stopped the company from opening a specialized service center in Pennsylvania to accommodate the iconic supercar.

Set to become one of two authorized service centers outside of McLaren Special Operations in the United Kingdom, the Pennsylvania facility is operated by McLaren Philadelphia and is located at an undisclosed location to “ensure customer discretion and privacy.”

Besides the secrecy, the service center has one of the original sets of tooling required to service the F1 as well as specially trained technicians who have been taught by MSO. McLaren says the techs can do everything from basic maintenance to “full system refreshes and even major renovations.”

Of course, owning an McLaren F1 is a tad different than your typical family car and the company notes an annual service involves a “meticulous level of inspection to the vehicle, including fluids, filters and wiper blade replacements and a full suspension inspection.” After the service is complete, the car undergoes a full shakedown at a test track or runway to ensure everything is up to snuff.

While it seems odd that McLaren would go through the trouble of opening a dedicated service center for a limited production model that is nearly 20 years old, McLaren North America President Tony Joseph said servicing an F1 is not a quick process. As he explained, “For North American owners, when you add up the time the actual service takes, with transport time to and from the U.K. – it equals a lot of time away from their vehicle. Having a service center in North America will allow us to drastically cut back on transport time and gives us an authorized facility that prioritizes North American F1s and owners.”

McLaren F1 owners who are the west coast also received some good news as the company confirmed a McLaren F1 Service Center will open in the region sometime in the future.

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McLaren F1 GTR Doubles As A Christmas Tree Transporter 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, Offbeat News, racing, video on 12 19th, 2017


This time last year, we saw numerous videos of expensive supercars carrying Christmas trees in time for the holiday season. What better way to join in on this trend than with a McLaren F1 GTR?

The owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, decided to end the Christmas tree transport game by seeing if his eight-figure supercar was up for the task.

Seeing a race-winning McLaren F1 GTR like this on the road would be extremely special. However, we imagine seeing one carrying a Christmas tree without a care in the world would be enough to get anyone into the Christmas spirit.

We actually saw this F1 GTR at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, posing alongside a street-legal P1 GTR with an identical Lark livery. The F1 GTR competed in the Japanese GT Championship and has since been converted into a road-legal masterpiece.

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Nothing Can Prepare You For A McLaren F1’s Maintenance Costs 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Owning a car like a McLaren F1 includes much more than the initial sky-high cost to purchase one. As this ex-F1 owner asserts, the maintenance bill for an F1 is truly out-of-this-world.

The former owner, Bruce Weiner, purchased his F1 used for a cool $1.2 million. Perhaps a little ignorant of the costs associated with owning an F1, Weiner parted ways with the car after a few months of ownership upon discovering the insane amounts of money required to keep the legendary supercar on the road.

Weiner asserts that the previous owner of his F1 paid roughly $300,000 to have it sent back to the factory and repainted in Volcano Orange. When Weiner picked up the keys to his new ride, he discovered that many components of the F1 need to be replaced every few years, even if the car isn’t driven.

For example, the fuel cell needs to be changed every five years for roughly $100,000. Additionally, the clutch needs to be changed every 2-3 years and it costs $50,000 to replace the tires. Interestingly, Weiner says that the real expense of swapping the tires came from McLaren’s requirement for the owner to rent out a racetrack, hire a private driver, and pay a team of engineers to perfectly set up the supercar’s suspension systems to work in sync with the new rubber.

As crazy as these alleged costs are, we’re taking them with a grain of salt. After all, Weiner incorrectly claims that there were just 63 road-going F1s built (there were 64) and that the car used an “off-the-shelf” engine from BMW when in fact its 6.1-liter BMW V12 was bespoke and not used by any other car.

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Nothing Can Prepare You For A McLaren F1’s Maintenance Costs 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Owning a car like a McLaren F1 includes much more than the initial sky-high cost to purchase one. As this ex-F1 owner asserts, the maintenance bill for an F1 is truly out-of-this-world.

The former owner, Bruce Weiner, purchased his F1 used for a cool $1.2 million. Perhaps a little ignorant of the costs associated with owning an F1, Weiner parted ways with the car after a few months of ownership upon discovering the insane amounts of money required to keep the legendary supercar on the road.

Weiner asserts that the previous owner of his F1 paid roughly $300,000 to have it sent back to the factory and repainted in Volcano Orange. When Weiner picked up the keys to his new ride, he discovered that many components of the F1 need to be replaced every few years, even if the car isn’t driven.

For example, the fuel cell needs to be changed every five years for roughly $100,000. Additionally, the clutch needs to be changed every 2-3 years and it costs $50,000 to replace the tires. Interestingly, Weiner says that the real expense of swapping the tires came from McLaren’s requirement for the owner to rent out a racetrack, hire a private driver, and pay a team of engineers to perfectly set up the supercar’s suspension systems to work in sync with the new rubber.

As crazy as these alleged costs are, we’re taking them with a grain of salt. After all, Weiner incorrectly claims that there were just 63 road-going F1s built (there were 64) and that the car used an “off-the-shelf” engine from BMW when in fact its 6.1-liter BMW V12 was bespoke and not used by any other car.

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World’s Lowest Mileage McLaren F1 Is A Collector’s Dream 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Galleries, mclaren, McLaren F1, Reports, used cars on 10 17th, 2017


The world’s lowest mileage McLaren F1 is currently for sale in the UK and is bound to sell for eight figures.
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McLaren Shows Hyper-GT Mule With F1-Inspired Center Driving Position 28
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in mclaren, McLaren F1, Reports on 09 28th, 2017


McLaren is using a modified 720S as a development mule for the Hyper-GT three-seater hypercar which is set to go on sale in 2019.
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First U.S. McLaren F1 Fetches A Staggering $15.62 Million 23
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Galleries, mclaren, McLaren F1, Pebble Beach, Reports on 08 23rd, 2017


The first McLaren F1 federalized for use on U.S. roads has sold for a staggering $15,620,000 in Monterey.
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Guess Why The McLaren F1 Has A Central Driving Position 20
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Gordon Murray Design, mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 08 20th, 2017


It's been 25 years since McLaren first hit the road with the legendary F1 supercar, which makes now as fitting a time as any to look back on the mark it made on the automotive scene. And who better to reflect on it than the vehicle's designer?
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The First McLaren F1 In America Is Looking For A Second Owner [186 Pics+Video] 20
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, mclaren, McLaren F1, Pebble Beach on 07 20th, 2017


As far as supercars go, few embody the kind of legend that the McLaren F1 still does to this day. It was the first road car produced by the racing team, the fastest thing on the road (by some margin) in its time, and remains one of the most sought-after vehicles among collectors.
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Inside The Sultan Of Brunei’s Mysterious Car Collection 20
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, McLaren F1, Offbeat News, Reports on 07 20th, 2017


It’s a well-known fact that the Sultan of Brunei has arguably the most extensive car collection on earth but for decades, the full extent of his collection has only been known by those close to him.
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McLaren Collection Takes The Stand In Museum Exhibit At The Hague 9
Jul
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mclaren, Mclaren 570GT, McLaren F1, McLaren P1 on 07 9th, 2017


Want to see a display of McLarens, old and new? You could head to Woking and try to score a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, where the company showcases a rotating display of its finest creations in the atrium. Or you could visit the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands, where an exhibition of the British racing team and supercar manufacturer's vehicles will be on display over the course of the summer.
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McLaren Offers F1 Owners A Loaner Engine If Needed 1
Jun
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, McLaren F1, Reports on 06 1st, 2017


It would appear that owning a McLaren F1 comes with a number of mind-boggling perks.
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Just Your Average Road-Legal McLaren F1 GTR Longtail Stretching Its Legs At Spa 1
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 06 1st, 2017


Witnessing a McLaren F1 out in the open is a sight to behold, but coming across a road-legal G1 GTR Longtail that’s actually being used on a track opens a whole new dimension of awesome.
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The Rarest Of The McLaren F1s Is As Magnificent As You Think 22
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 03 22nd, 2017


With 106 units ever made and 64 of them being road-legal, the McLaren F1 isn’t exactly what someone would call a common sight on the roads.
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