New McLaren BP23 will be fastest McLaren ever made

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The BP23 "Hyper-GT" will be joining the Ultimate Series of McLaren cars following the McLaren Senna features centrally-mounted driving position inspired by F1 road auto and a public reveal of the vehicle can be expected this year.

Which is why the project, codenamed BP23, is being referred to as the "Hyper-GT" by insiders.

It's already been decided that just 106 examples will be made, each one trimmed and finished to its owners taste by the McLaren Special Operations bespoke division at Woking - and yes, all 106 are already sold, at a cool £1.6 million (R26.25 million) each, before taxes.

We had another tease for the BP 23 in March past year, and six months later McLaren were back with 'spy' photos of the BP23 as a 720S mule. The vehicle is the latest in McLaren's Ultimate Series of cars and will be built to excel on the track, though it will likely also be road legal. Also akin to the F1, the BP23 will be a three-seater, with the driver centered in the auto, and their passengers flanking them.

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Finding a driver will be equally challenging, though one likely candidate is Swedish racer Kenny Brack, who serves as one of McLaren's development drivers and who set a 6:43.2s lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a McLaren P1 LM.

The three-seat layout and luxury focus of BP23 will make it heavier than its Ultimate Series stablemate, which weighs in at 1198kg dry, though with an "optimised" engine and a powerful hybrid drivetrain a power output approaching or exceeding 1000bhp is likely to help it punch to that 243mph-plus top speed.

The BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name, rather than the alphanumerical nomenclatures used by the McLaren Sports Series and Super Series. McLaren Tasman, anyone? The guessing begins here.