The new McLaren F1 – McLaren P12 Project – will be revealed to private clients at Pebble Beach next month and gets 1,000bhp.
According to our source, McLaren already has at least two complete cars to show and has shown the new F1 – which may be the McLaren 799 – to a number of wealthy McLaren clients already.
The design is said to be spectacular – almost cartoon-like in its form – and a long way away from the almost generic supercar design of the MP4-12C. It gets even more liberal use of carbon fibre than the 12C but does have two seats rather than the three of the original F1.
Perhaps most interestingly, our source is adamant that the new F1 will be able to produce power approaching 1000bhp thanks to an output of close to 800bhp from its 3.8 litre V8 and a KERS boost for an additional 200bhp. Which sounds extraordinary if it’s true – but our source is adamant it’s correct.
It looks like McLaren are aiming to bring the new F1 to market as the quickest accelerating road car of all time – with a 0-62mph of under 2.5 seconds – although they appear to have no interest in fighting for the highest top speed badge of the Bugatti Veyron.
We should have more information when the new F1 arrives at Pebble Beach.