Over a decade ago, the original McLaren F1 reigned as the fastest and most expensive supercar of its time, still holding the title as the fastest naturally-aspirated car in the world.
Now McLaren is back, currently developing a slightly more subdued successor to the iconic supercar, priced to compete against the likes of the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
Despite its recent collaboration with Mercedes-Benz on the SLR Roadster, the new model will be designed and built completely in-house by engineers at the Formula One team’s factory in Woking, UK.
Codenamed the P11, it will draw inspiration from its Formula 1 siblings, expected to be constructed around a lightweight carbon-fibre chassis which should keep the new car under around 1,250kg.
Reflecting its current ties with Mercedes and its role as an F1 engine supplier, the P11 will naturally be powered by a Mercedes-sourced mid-mounted 6.2-litre V8 engine mated to a semi-automatic transmission as has become the norm for supercars of late.
Unlike the original McLaren F1 which is powered by a naturally-aspirated BMW-sourced unit, its successor is speculated to produce at least 370kW through the use of forced induction.
Coupled with its low kerb weight, benchmark acceleration from 0 to 100km/h is expected to be less than four seconds with a top speed of 200mph.
The interior will be very modern and well equipped, certainly not as sparse the cockpit of Hamilton’s F1 racer from which it will derive its inspiration.
The unique centre driving position will also be lost in favour of a more contemporary layout.
While only 64 of the original McLaren F1’s ever made, its successor will certainly be a lot more accessible with production volume slated to extend into four figures.