McLaren Teases Stunning F1-Inspired Hyper-GT, Coming in 2019 with Hybrid Power

With the Los Angeles Auto Show about to kick off, McLaren once again demonstrates its tremendous power by managing to sweep us off our feet with nothing more than a teaser.
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So, what lies behind the sketchy image we have here? Well, it's just a Grand Tourer that promises to redefine the segment by mixing stellar performance with the F1's iconic three-seater layout. Guess the rumors were true after all.

In pure Woking tradition, the nameplate of the project is cryptic, with the BP23 designation standing for Bespoke Project 2, 3 seats. This is a build handled by the McLaren Special Operations division and we're pretty sure that the thing will turn out much prettier than the polarising X-1 project that landed back in 2012.

Nevertheless, the British automaker's naming strategy has come a long way since the company's return to the road car part of the industry back in 2011, so we expect the creation to receive a proper name once it's revealed.

The company will only build 106 units of the machine, which is also labeled as a Hyper-GT, mirroring the F1's production. And, to keep up with the trends, if you're like us and this is the first time you come across the development, you won't be able to buy one. That's right, the machine is already sold out.

"We are calling BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ 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," McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt recently said.

So while we don't expect the Hyper-GT to attempt a Nurburgring record like the P1 LM, we should see an output similar to that of the "standard" P1's 904 hp. Given the fact that McLaren's effort to expand its line-up into the Grand Tourer area with the 570 GT turned out to be nothing short of brilliant, we're more than eager to meet the machine teased here.

And since we're talking about MSO, expect nothing short of a color and material delight, tailored to each owner's taste. So, once we get to see some cars, we should be able to enjoy a tech-fetishy Woking rainbow.
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