The British based automaker McLaren has recently announced that a new supercar is close to hitting the assembly line under the MP4-27 name, and the model will replace the current MP4-12C.
According to the manufacturer, the new McLaren MP4-27 is 9 months into the development program and the company has stored already some 18.918 individual components from more than 3.000 different work orders and managed to sign off more than 5.500 technical drawings. Even if the McLaren officials didn’t say whether the new model will be a successor to the McLaren F1 or a race car, we know for sure that the vehicle will be badged the MP4-27.
“We never stop. We exist to be state-of-the-art; to innovate; to perform with belief, flair and passion; to be the absolute best at what we do. And everything that McLaren is has been built on the founding principles of good design and solid, seamlessly efficient engineering and manufacturing”, said the company’s executive chairman and CEO, Ron Dennis.
As a reminder, the McLaren MP4-12C is designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive, being in production since 2011. The vehicle’s final design was unveiled on September 8, 2009, and set to be launched this year. The supercar comes with a mid-mounted 3.8 liter V8 twin-turbo engine which is developing a total output of 592 horsepower and has a peak torque of 601 Nm (443 lb-ft), being mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
UPDATE: McLaren MP-27 will be the company’s new Formula 1 car for next season, according to Dan Connell, McLaren Automotive Limited’s Global Product PR Manager, so if the British based automaker is trully working on a new model, it will “wear” a different name.