McLaren testing all-new F1

McLaren F1

So the McLaren MP4-12C has launched with a few technical gremlins and a plethora of road tests claiming that it's not as hot as a Ferrari 458 Italia. Jeremy Clarkson called it a pair of tights, too. That can't have been nice for them. Anyway, we all know McLaren's road-going portfolio is constantly going to be compared to one car – the F1.

Yup, the 240mph hypercar designed by moustachioed car-God Gordon Murray will forever be the comparison any new McLaren road car must face. The MP4-12C isn't as quick, or exclusive as the F1, so McLaren is changing that with a successor. And it's been out testing.

spoke to insiders who reveal that testing on an F1 successor began in Spain last month, on closed roads, and has now moved to Germany. The magazine also revealed that hot weather testing has taken place. Presumably somewhere very, very hot.

Apparently the new hypercar will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 pumping out 799bhp and 590lb ft 'o twist. As with the MP4-12C there won't be a manual option, just a twin-clutch seven-speed automatic set up. Thankfully, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes will be standard and will make use of McLaren's brake-steer function.

Apparently the Mk 2 F1 will manage 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-100mph in 5.5 seconds and 0-200mph in just 20 seconds. That's less time than a Yakult advert.

Like the MP4-12C, the Mk2 F1 will be constructed around a carbon fibre monocell. Inside there won't be much by way of luxury – it'll be a car designed for driving hard, not flouncing around in.

As far as looks go it'll be 'bigger, angrier and more functional looking' than the MP4-12C, but some details from the 12C and the original F1 will make an appearance.

Set to be built at the McLaren Technology Centre (not where the MP4-12C is built), only a few will roll off the line a week.

How much will it be? It's looking like it'll brush the £1million mark. Ouch.
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