McLaren Special Operations has confirmed it is working on a new three-seater it calls a hyper GT. MSO, responsible for the company’s bespoke customer commissions, says the GT is going to be McLaren’s most luxurious car so far. The car is codenamed BP23, standing for Bespoke Project 2. MSO is building just 106 BP23s and — you guessed it — they’re already all sold.
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt says BP23 is borrowing the three-seat layout and central-driving position the iconic McLaren F1 made famous. “It will be housed in a streamlined, shrink-wrapped carbon-fiber body of great elegance,” he said.
“We are calling BP23 a ‘Hyper-GT’ because it’s a car designed for longer journeys,” Flewitt said, “but with the high levels of performance and driver engagement expected of any McLaren. 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.”
Design work is underway, with first deliveries expected in early 2019. That’s ambitious. The 106-car production cap is significant — it’s how many F1s were built.
Owners can work alongside MSO to create their own unique cars, being able to select their own colors and trims. Like the McLaren F1 and all of McLaren Automotive’s road and track cars, the car features dihedral doors, but the BP23’s will be powered for the first time.