The teasing is on – McLaren officially confirms F1 follow-up image

It’s been a long time rumored but now it’s officially official – the McLaren F1 spiritual successor is coming in 2018 or 2019 complete with the iconic three-seat arrangement.

All rumors were accurate and true – there’s a new “F1” in the making, complete with the three-seat model with a central driving position akin to its legendary predecessor from the 1990s. Codenamed “BP23” after Bespoke Project 2 and its interior seating layout, the new car is already being labeled by the British company as the world’s first “Hyper-GT”. This is because in McLaren’s opinion it will have the ideal setting for longer trips while maintaining the high level of performance one would expect from the firm. McLaren Special Operations is in charge of developing the BP23 and of course – unsurprisingly – all cars have been already pre-sold.

The plan is to produce just 106 examples – the same number as for the F1. Pricing hasn’t been revealed – but that’s already just a statistical figure since all units have been reserved. The Woking-based brand says this is “the most exquisitely crafted and luxurious McLaren to date” – but it’s also going to be the most powerful via the adoption of a still mysterious hybrid powertrain. Another small piece of info is the fact that McLaren will continue to use dihedral doors like on the iconic F1 and every supercar since but with a twist – there will also be apertures extending into the roof, a first for any model of the company.