• Oct 15th 2009 at 1:20PM
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McLaren LM5 design study by Matt Williams – Click above for image gallery

Since hiring Frank Stephenson as its styling chief last year, the nascent McLaren Automotive hasn't been lacking for design talent. But the general consensus over his first design at Woking seems to be that the MP4-12C is missing a touch of originality to set it apart from other supercars. Enter one Matt Williams, a recent graduate of the transportation design program at England's Coventry University who thinks he can do a better job with the study you see here.

Positioned above the MP4-12C in McLaren's product porfolio, the LM5 concept is envisioned as a successor to the venerable McLaren F1. That means three seats across, with a central driving position. That means power provided by BMW's M division; a retuned version of company's soon-to-be-retired 5.0-liter V10 in this case. And of course, that means epic performance. Unfortunately, it's just a concept car, extant only in the clay and CAD. So for now, we'll just have to sit and wait to see what Stephenson and his colleagues at McLaren cook up next, admiring the images in the gallery below in the meantime.

[Source: Diseno-art.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks so evil, let it be built.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So basically, he took the original F1 and made it a bit more cartoon-y. How is that original?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford GT-90, look it up, it looks the exact same except this one has some more curves instead of edges. Different front headlights, and the rear maybe. But besides that, as soon as I seen it, the car that popped to my head, Ford GT-90
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautifully designed Matt. Keep up the good work!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could see that 3-seat layout getting old really fast.
      Imagine having to climb over another seat every time you get in or out. forget it.

      Also, I can't imagine there is enough air intake to the engine from the single port behind the cabin. A real car would probaly need a few more intakes.

      Other than that, the lines are nice and have just enough similarity to the original f1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not that old when you can take 2 girls from the club with you and the guy in the Lambo can only take 1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful! Love it... The main reason I wasn't completely taken by the new McLaren is that it's laking a lot of the features that made the F1 so original.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, Love some of the lines - Why are there so many negative idiots who think they can do better comments in here and probably don't know their left from their right to begin with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can't see over the wheel arches from the driver's position.

      Forget this.

      Art students.

      (Hey, thanks AB for never approving my first post, because I used the word roosterpit (only not rooster) to refer to the driver's position! Great system you have here, spammers can post any time, but reasonable posters can't!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awful. Terrible proportions and far too busy. That horrid creation definitely isn't worth a story on Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its pretty cool looking. I thought I would share my vision, I think it has a little F1 in it somewhere.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I like your concept more than this one. In my opinion, this concept seems too weird looking. Just my 2cents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS is a real car...an a proper F1 succesor...looks scary as the old f1 engine sound

      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh... no. This is more 90s than the McLaren was.
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