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It's "full speed ahead" for McLaren. The British racing team-turned-supercar-maker is hard at work producing the new MP4-12C and just recently debut the GT3 racing version. But that's just the tip of the proverbial for McLaren, which has big plans for additional models to follow. Autocar has published a forecast on a new top-of-the-line hypercar to follow in the footsteps of the iconic McLaren F1, set to take on the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Huayra.

Like the MP4-12C, the flagship supercar is expected to be built around a carbon-fiber monocoque packing a 799-horsepower, 5.0-liter version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 developed with Ricardo mated to the same Graziano seven-speed "pre-cog" dual-clutch gearbox. With that much power, we're looking at a 2.8-second sprint to 60 miles per hour before hitting 200 mph in 20 seconds flat.

According to the report, the car dubbed "Mega Mac" will arrive sometime in 2014, with just 500 examples pegged for production with a price tag in the neighborhood of $600,000. Of course, these specifications could prove entirely speculative, and we wouldn't be surprised if the end result were even quicker, and – given the seven-figure supercars we've been seeing lately – more expensive.


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      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      It really is amazing how well the F1 has aged. The McLaren was remarkably ahead of it's time. Any other cars from this era that aged this well?
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Haris & John Blaze: The article picture isn't of the upcoming Mega Mac, but of the current Middle Mac (a 'bottom of the range' model being in the works also), and the original Ulti Mac.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope the name is a bad joke
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should be called the 'Big Mac'!
        'Vin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alphonso Carioti
        I heard they were considering "Mac Daddy" as well.
        John Jacob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alphonso Carioti
        That is really fast food.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      cislam71
      • 3 Years Ago
      The stats on the car would make it a true contender today but by 2014...who knows. I mean the drivetrain mimics that of todays Koenigsegg Agera. No doubt the final car will be a beast then. I just hope the design is a little more radical and innovative that the plane-jane MP4-12C. Let's withhold judgement until we see what Ron Dennis has up his sleeve.
      'Vin
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it doesn't have the 3-seat center driver configuration, I'm not interested.
      Haris
      • 3 Years Ago
      still looks really plain and unremarkable, especially standing next to its predecessor, but i guess thats what they were going for with the whole " dd supercar" thing
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      0-60 in 2.8 sec for over $600K is that it??? I think Lamborghini has become a nightmare for ultra-expensive cars. For $375K the Aventador already has carbon-fiber monocoque, run to 60mph in 2.9 secs and a top speed of 217mph!!!! The Aventador is the hottest exotic car ever build!!!! and we haven't seen the SV version yet!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
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      Jeremy The-Subarian
      • 3 Years Ago
      only 799HP? their planning on making this weigh only 1500lbs or what? 799 competing with 1200? i cant wait.. what about the Ultimate Aero 2? i haven't heard of that on the longest while..
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeremy The-Subarian
        Well, the F1 isn't about speed records, as Gordon Murray (may have) said, "The most pointless exercise on the planet has got to be this four-wheel-drive thousand-horsepower Bugatti. I think it's incredibly childish this thing people have about just one element—top speed or standing kilometre or 0–60. It's about as narrow minded as you can get as a car designer to pick on one element. It's like saying we're going to beat the original Mini because we're going to make a car 10mph faster on its top speed—but it's two foot longer and 200 kilos heavier. That's not car designing—that just reeks of a company who are paranoid..." It's not about the top speed, the F1 was all about the engineering, from the gold-lined engine bay, to the meticulously designed steering- just to make sure it was the ultimate driver's car. Top speed was a side effect.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs three seats and a central position for the driver. With a 800hp twin-turbo engine, I'd expect better acceleration, but 0-200 in 20sec is quite impressive. Then again, the F1 was never about the speed, but more about the driving experience (hence, lack of automatic, the naturally aspirated engine, etc.), so this car has huge shoes to fill. Without Murray, I want to know who's going to be packing some serious engineering into this. The MP4-12C was great, but for $1,000,000+, I expect this car to be epic.
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