New open-top McLaren Ultimate Series hypercar confirmed
All-new hypercar could take on the McLaren GT Superlight name when it arrives in 2020
Announced at Pebble Beach Concors d’Elegance, McLaren has also teased the design of newcomer in typically shadowy format. The roofless model is described as a ‘two-seat, open cockpit roadster’, sitting low with only a minor lip for a windscreen, and with noticeably contoured flanks. Dihedral doors will be fitted, too.
The company is taking expressions of interest from current customers at the Pebble Beach gathering in San Francisco this weekend.
While the Senna has been designed for outright track performance, with the Speedtail an aerodynamic special majoring on outright top speed, the third Ultimate Series car will be a road-focused machine.
The engine has been confirmed as being the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 used across the brand’s entire line-up. It’s likely to arrive with the same 789bhp figure as the Senna, sending drive to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
It’ll still utilise McLaren’s carbon-fibre tub chassis, and the firm claims that it’ll be the lightest car the company has produced in the McLaren Automotive era (2010 onwards). To that extent, the bodywork will likely be all carbon-fibre too.
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