• Jul 7, 2010
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Here's a juicy rumor for you: Autocar is reporting that McLaren will be introducing the successor to the incredible F1 supercar in 2012. If that seems a smidge early, it is. In its original plans, McLaren had said the new beast wouldn't surface until 2014 at the earliest, thanks largely to the company's efforts with the all-new MP4-12C. Instead, the Brits say that unnamed McLaren insiders have let it slip that the company is feverishly working on the new machine, going so far as to say that it will be "revolutionary" in both styling and performance. We would expect nothing less.

That's not to say we're swallowing the Autocar report hook, line and anonymous sinker. At this point, 2012 is a mere year and a half away, and while we have no doubt that the engineers at McLaren are slaving away on the successor to the F1 throne, that's just not enough time to bring a world class supercar into reality. So until someone from McLaren goes on the record with this one, we won't hold our breath for the world's next record breaker to hit the scene.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Careful here, McLaren....don't mess with the F1 name. The F1 remains my favorite car of all time, and no, I've never driven one. I love it because it is achingly beautiful AND the result of function-first design.

      I have been in the presence of both the F1 and the Veyron: one is clearly more capable than the other, but it's not gorgeous so I don't lust after it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch out,Veyron.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Without Murray developing it? Good luck guys, you'll need it. Beating the f458, doable. Rushing to produce the true heir to the f1? I'm not holding my breath.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I don't see Ron Dennis coming up with something that is the "successor" of the F1 rather than just a related nameplate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the doors up like that it looks like some sort of evil bat. A bat that's more than capable of 200 MPH. Just an amazing car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this. Revolutionary? I'm hoping for and expecting something innovative, high tech, and its form should follow function. Mclaren know what they're doing - they make F1 cars!

      Hybrid with advanced active aero? With really good aero, maybe they could get the "fastest roadcar" record back without needing that much power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure how to feel about this. Excited on the one hand but there has never been a car that measured up to the F1 let alone exceed the F1. I sure as hell wouldn't want to be the one to doubt the geniuses at McLaren but maybe they should call this car something else. After all if it is dubbed as the successor to the F1 it may very well be damn near impossible to live up to that moniker.


      I'm personally a big fan of the philosophies car companies like McLaren and Bugatti have chased for all these years. Hell I know no mere mortal will ever own anything either company makes but these companies used to push the envelope of what is possible all the time. I thought that era was gone. Maybe it is but it seems like McLaren and Bugatti are once again at the forefront of a new era.

      Bring on the Super Veyron and F1 successor. I'll never get to drive either but its okay I can just drool over the pictures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There has never been a car to measure up, or exceed the F1? Huh? Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 599GTO, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Pagoni Zonda F, SSC Ultimate Aero......there are plenty of supercars that have all been revolutionary in their day, so it's ignorant to make a statement that a car from the early to mid 90's has never been rivaled. Even cars like the Aerial Atom, Nissan GT-R, and Lexus LF-A all are revolutionary in their own right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Gordon Murray, no successor to the F1. Simple fact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully it remains lightweight, naturally aspirated, and highly focused.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's still doable, just able to leverage a few more years of engine technology.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, I hope so. Odds are it won't though. People have proven time and time again that they don't want less, they want more, which gets you more weight, more electronics, more money, more complicated.

        The F1 is the ultimate supercar. It doesn't even have ABS. Pure, focused, and unmatched. Till people learn that more is not always the answer we'll have less impressive supercars than the previous generation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most amazing pic I have seen in a long time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup. Almost 2 decades old, and still cutting edge.

        What an awesome time in motorsport... the car was so good that privateers were buying the road cars to turn into race cars.... and ended up winning the overall victory at Le Mans... crazy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      More power to them if they can pull it off.
      F1 redux and MP4-12C, wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only way that is going to happen is if they put head lights on their F1 car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bruce Wayne needs that 3-pass configuration for taking his model babes to the club! I see a marketing opportunity here...
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