McLaren’s highly-anticipated relaunch has begun with one model, the MP4-12C. As far as super cars go, it is positioned in the thick of the market, going head-to-head with the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo. For garnering sales and revenue quickly, that is a smart strategy.
The car that started it all for McLaren though was the F1 super car. To this day it stands as an amazing piece of engineering ability. Autocar reports that work on a successor has began, referred to as the “Mega Mac.” The new super car will take its place above the MP4-12C in the McLaren lineup, competing with the Lamborghini Aventador, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari’s successor to the Enzo.
According to Autocar, testing started in Spain last month, and is now shifting to Germany. Hot weather testing is being undertaken in Bahrain. The official name of the vehicle has yet to be decided. MP4-12C isn’t an exactly inspiring name, is it? However, the new super car could get a similar alphanumeric designation.
Power would come from a new 5.0-liter V-8 engine making 799 horsepower and 590 pound feet of torque. The engine is being developed in partnership with Ricardo. McLaren and Ricardo have a partnership going, jointly developing the 3.8-liter twin turbo V-8 that powers the 12C. 799 hp, combined with McLaren’s lightweight carbon fiber tub results in an anticipated 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds.
The dash to 100 takes just 5.5 seconds and 200 mph is reached in 20 seconds. Will McLaren be gunning for new world records with the F1 successor? Previous reports said they wouldn’t be, but what we’re hearing lately seems to indicate that they will.
One criticism of the 12C has been its relatively sedate design. The F1 successor is said to be far more radical and aggressive, while blending elements from the 12C and F1. We hope the iconic three-seat design makes a comeback in the new car. It is a McLaren trademark and something that would really set the car out from the pack. The “Mega Mac” is expected to arrive in 2014.