New McLaren F1 revealed as hyper-GT

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McLaren has confirmed that it is building a new three-seater performance car inspired by the original F1.

Details are thin on the ground, but the car is being referred to as a 'hyper-GT' "because it's a car designed for longer journeys, but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren."

It is being built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which is the Woking-based manufacturer's division for bespoke commissions. Just 106 will be built – the same number as the original F1 – and all have already been sold.

The model currently has the codename BP23 because it is the second bespoke car to come out of MSO, with the '3' referring to its three-seat layout.

McLaren Automotive's Chief Executive Officer, Mike Flewitt, said: "BP23 will borrow the three seat layout with the central driving position made famous by the iconic McLaren F1, and it will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon fibre body of great elegance.

"A hybrid powertrain will make it one of the most powerful McLarens yet created but the car will also deliver the highest levels of refinement, enabling significant journeys to be undertaken with up to three people aboard."

McLaren says that design work has already begun, with the only details so far relating to the seat layout and the fact it'll feature dihedral doors. The manufacturer has released a design sketch with the announcement, seen above.

Further details will be released closer to the release date, which is slated for 2019.