In an exciting announcement, McLaren have confirmed that their most track-focused, road-legal, Ultimate Series car will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2018.
Codenamed ‘P15’, this all-new car will join a series that has previously seen such incredible machines as the McLaren P1 and track-focussed P1 GTR. McLaren say that, despite being road-legal, P15 will be their most extreme track-concerned road car to date; sacrificing daily usability for enhanced ability when it comes to track driving.
"P15 will be McLaren's most extreme track-concerned road car to date; sacrificing daily usability for enhanced ability when it comes to track driving"
At the moment, details such as technical specification, engine, aesthetic and even name are yet to be confirmed – the only look we’ve had so far is the teaser image of the exhausts that you see here. That said, when you consider existing Ultimate Series cars such as the P1 GTR, you can almost guarantee that P15 will be both striking in design and extremely capable on track.
It has also been announced that, despite previous rumours, P15 is actually one of two different Ultimate Series cars that are currently in development. The second, codenamed BP23 (rendered in top image), will be what McLaren are calling the world’s first ‘Hyper-GT’, this meaning that it’ll be a luxurious car that still features vast amounts of power and performance. Excitingly, much like the legendary McLaren F1, BP23 will feature three seats (you can see a picture of the 720S test car below) and will top the McLaren charts as both the most powerful and most aerodynamic car that the brand has ever produced.
At the announcement of BP23 earlier this year, McLaren Automotive’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flewitt, said:
“BP23 will borrow the three seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fibre body of great elegance. 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.”
Currently in development with McLaren’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), BP23 will be strictly limited to just 106 examples (the same as the McLaren F1) and all are already spoken for. McLaren expect the first BP23s to be delivered in 2019, so expect lots of details to appear throughout next year.
Prior to P15’s early 2018 unveiling, McLaren have announced that more details about it will be revealed before the end of the year. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to ensure that you are kept up-to-date with any exciting developments. We’re rather excited about both of these sensational machines. Are you?