If you were impressed by the MP4-12C, well, you should be. It's an otherworldly performance machine. But we ain't seen nothing yet from McLaren Automotive, which is gearing up to launch an even more capable supercar.

Whereas the 12C is targeted at the Ferrari 458 Italia, the next project down the pipeline is more along the lines of a successor to the iconic McLaren F1, a car to rival the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Huayra – that elite class of million-dollar hypercar you're not likely to see anywhere but on Rodeo Drive, at the Monte Carlo harborfront or a closed-off section of highway along the Persian Gulf.

According to the UK's CAR magazine, McLaren is expected to employ a version of the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 developed for the 12C, but with 799 horsepower on tap and one crucial addition: Kenetic Energy Recovery System, a.k.a. KERS. That could make the vehicle codenamed P12 (following the P11 handle carried by the 12C while in development) one of the first supercars to use the system designed for Formula 1 and currently being developed for road use by Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar for their upcoming supercars.

Early prototypes reportedly incorporated a big red KERS boost button on a steering wheel closer in size and shape to an F1 cockpit's than a conventional rim, but if you were hoping for a 1+2 seating arrangement with central driving position like in the original McLaren F1, we'll have to stop you right there, as the packaging of such a layout reportedly proved prohibitive for the new P12.

As dynamically polished as the 12C emerged, its design was derided as somewhat derivative. That's largely because McLaren didn't bring celebrated designer Frank Stephenson on board until the car's design was already pretty much finalized. This reportedly being Stephenson's first clean-sheet design since arriving at McLaren HQ in Woking, we're expecting big things when the P12 debuts sometime this year.


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      Tiberius1701
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now class spell Kinetic ... K-I-N-E-T-I-C
      CarSpyTweets
      • 3 Years Ago
      800 horses out of a tiny little v8. Wonder what THAT exhaust note is gonna sound like.
        EV News
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarSpyTweets
        Like 2x Turbos!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarSpyTweets
        Like a MP4-12C with more whooshing turbo sounds. If it just has bigger turbos, the engine note itself might be a bit quieter (more disruption to exhaust sound waves), but if there is engine/intake/exhaust work as well, it would be a bit louder or meaner sounding. But that is a major guess. For all we know, it could sound like a 3 cylinder diesel, or a jet engine on afterburners.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanna see some titanium, beryllium, and crazy NASA stuff in a car that costs that much, not just carbon fiber.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ernie Mccracken
        I want it to one up the Mclaren F1's gold plated engine and construct the entire engine out of unobtainium...then plate it in platinum. Oh, and the tub should be made out of megacarbotanium nanotubes woven into a resin made out of unicorn tears and rainbows. Not to mention, the seats should be made out of minotaur hides of the finest quality.
          Ernie Mccracken
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Beryllium is what F1 engine blocks are made of. None of this is unobtainable.
      quackmanquackman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aw, how could they not have the central seating position?! I'm sure the car will be awesome otherwise but that would have been so awesome...
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I quite like the MP4-12C, even it;s styling. While the overall profile and shape aren't breathtaking, I don't think it really looks like anything else, and it has nice details. The only thing I could say bad about the car is I *personally* prefer natural aspiration to forced induction in supercars, and several reviews have the car as being a bit clinical. I'd probably still take on over a 458. As for this, nothing here really gets me too excited. I'm sure it'll be stupid fast, and probably look the part, but it definitely seems as if the ideaology behind the iconic F1 is lost here. Using the engine already in the base car, and just turning the boost up is kind of underwhelming, as is the KERS system. I was really hoping McLaren would stick to the pure, simple ethos of the F1. I guess time will tell if it fills it's shoes.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      No 3 seats? Boo. Now the incredibly affluent will only have room for 1 supermodel girlfriend in the car, not two. 799hp out of a 3.8L V8 is astronomical, and who knows how much instant kick the KERS system can deliver? It would be like having a push button nitrous oxide system that refills itself the instant you brake for a corner. The question is, will it be a top speed queen and dethrone the Veyron SS, fending off the Tuatara, Venom GT, Agera R, etc? Or will it settle with something like 240mph and focus on cracking lap records with some semblance of streetability.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        It'll be more along the lines of a Huarya and Aventador competitor, since that part of the performance market is limited to just those 2 cars.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Huayra maybe, but the Aventador is far too inexpensive (if you could call a $375,000 car that) to be in the same class as those in the million dollar plus club.
        sean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Pretty sure that people have gotten over 1300HP out of Nissan's RB26DETT. Which is 2.6l straight six. So I would hope that McLaren could get 800hp out of a 3.8l V8
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sean
          He wasn't saying it's impossible, only that it's crazy for a production V8 that is that small to produce that much power.
          wrxfrk16
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sean
          True, people have even cracked a 1,000 horse in EVO's and STi's which are starting with 2.0 and 2.5 liter four bangers respectively. But at that point, you're rebuilding the motor every couple thousand miles, if that, you're replacing parts that should never go bad normally, you're stuck to racing fuel, they can't idle, etc. This thing will put down 800 horse from a 3.8 liter, and if it's like the rest of the McLaren's will start regularly, be able to idle in traffic, and will survive relatively trouble free for at least a few solid years. That's where its impressive nature lies.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dont insult Chip Foose with your arrogant unintelligent bullshit. Electric is undeveloped, heavy, and unintelligent. Which most likely describes you perfectly as well.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      It better run on dreams and starlight for that price. It's going to be huge disappointment compared to the F1. That car was that good, topping it will be impossible.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I quite like the MP4-12C, even it;s styling. While the overall profile and shape aren't breathtaking, I don't think it really looks like anything else, and it has nice details. The only thing I could say bad about the car is I *personally* prefer natural aspiration to forced induction in supercars, and several reviews have the car as being a bit clinical. I'd probably still take on over a 458. As for this, nothing here really gets me too excited. I'm sure it'll be stupid fast, and probably look the part, but it definitely seems as if the ideaology behind the iconic F1 is lost here. Using the engine already in the base car, and just turning the boost up is kind of underwhelming, as is the KERS system. I was really hoping McLaren would stick to the pure, simple ethos of the F1. I guess time will tell if it fills it's shoes.
      • 3 Years Ago
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