McLaren has now officially confirmed the launch of their most extreme, track-focused road car yet. Internally called as P15, the new model will be introduced under the British supercar maker’s Track22 business plan.
The track-focused road car will be part of the carmaker’s Ultimate Series and will make its premiere in the first quarter of 2018. It will make its way ahead of the second Ultimate Series model which is codenamed the BP23. The BP23 is the three-seater F1-successor and promises to be the world’s first Hyper-GT, according to the Woking-based carmaker. Meanwhile, the P15 will be positioned above the recently launched 720S.
The 720S belongs to McLaren’s core Super Series. The new track-focused model of the Ultimate Series will join the ranks of McLaren P1 and its hardcore brethren, the P1 GTR. Even being an ultimate track car, the new model will be road legal. Although McLaren says, “Daily usability is being sacrificed to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit. Its design, described as brutal, will be the purest expression yet of the company’s ‘form follows function’ philosophy.”
McLaren hasn’t divulged any further details about the powertrain, power output or the performance figures. But promises more details, including the car’s name, will be revealed before the end of this year.
And if you missed out buying the P1 or the P1 GTR and thought of getting the new model, there’s no chance this time around either. As both the new models of the Ultimate Series (the P15 and the BP23) have a limited production run and all examples are already sold out.
We suspect the mysterious 675LT test mule spotted at the Nurburgring a few days back was the early prototype of the new model. Powering the track-focused McLaren will be the highly reworked hybrid powertrain of the P1 GTR. It will employ the McLaren’s Monocage II carbonfibre tub to keep the weight down. This boosts the power-to-weight ratio which is an important element for a track-focused car. The two-seater is due to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March.