McLaren F1 successor begins testing
Dubbed Mega Mac, the top-of-the-line hypercar aims to outpace the creme-de-la-creme of performance exotics hitting the road, including the Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Huayra and the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari Enzo successor. To get there, we're looking at a powertrain consisting of a 799-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 developed (like the MP4-12C's engine) with Ricardo and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (again, like the 12C's) developed with Graziano.
Reports anticipate a 2.8-second dash to 60 mph, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it shave even a few tenths off that, as well. A carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, F1-style pushrod suspension and all of the (hopefully defeatable) electronic aids are also said to be part of the package, along with onboard telematics and a video camera for recording hot laps.
When we spoke with McLaren's design director Frank Stephenson at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we were told to expect a radically different design than the 12C, and sources already indicate this new flagship will offer exemplary visibility. We'll have to wait to see if the car revives its predecessor's trademark 1+2 seating arrangement with a central driving position, but with a launch not expected until 2014, we may have to wait awhile.
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