Legends come and legends go when it comes to supercars, but few remain etched as indelibly in our hearts and minds as the McLaren F1. Still capable of trouncing 99% of the performance machinery being built today, the legendary F1 is one icon whose successor has been anticipated arguably more than any other.

Since the end of its production run in 1998, McLaren has gone on to produce the SLR for Mercedes-Benz and branch out on its own once again with the MP4-12C (pictured above in Monte Carlo). But as capable as these machines have proven, everyone's been waiting for the F1's true successor to come rolling out of Woking. And now, like a child anticipating Christmas, we just may have that launch date to look forward to.

According to reports, McLaren Automotive is planning to unveil the new seven-figure, 800-horsepower hyper-car not at a major auto show and not at its own dedicated event, but at no less a celebration of speed than the Monaco Grand Prix.

The 70th running of the most iconic of Formula One races, which McLaren has won no less than 15 times (more than any other team), is on the calendar for May 27, so if the rumors prove accurate, we've only got a few months to wait.


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      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will come with an F Duct, a collapsible exhaust-fed rear diffuser, two computational cheating ennumerators, a fully florpitational megawamp geepitron, and will be called the MP24-1008Y.
      barkeep
      • 3 Years Ago
      McLaren is going to set the bar up high again for this decade, just like how they set the bar up high 20 years ago with the F1.
      Cameron Young
      • 3 Years Ago
      They shouldn't reuse the F1 name. Unless this thing has been designed by an almighty deity, it's bound to just linger under the shadow of it's much older brother.
      Siafa Alvin
      • 3 Years Ago
      As if I didn't already have enough reasons to want to go to Monaco... The bar has been set so high for this car - and the brass at McLaren know it. I feel like they would've been quick to dissuade the press from saying it was an F1 successor if they didn't truly think they'd created a performance monster. Really really excited to see this.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Epic
      Extuce
      • 3 Years Ago
      fascinating how another Saab story gets 61 people interested enough to comment and "MCLAREN TO UNVEIL F1 SUCCESSOR" gets less than half... when you constantly clog AB with repetitive soap-opera rumors, actual important stories like WHEN AND WHERE WE WILL SEE THE WORLD'S NEXT ULTIMATE CAR FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DECADE sort of fall through the cracks
      fefifofum
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES YES YES!!!!! It better have a manual.
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      In what ways will it be a successor to the F1? 800 hp doesn't seem like enough to beat the Veyron SS as the fastest car in the world... Personally I hope it brings back the 3-seat center driving position.
        k_m94
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        The F1 only had 618hp yet pulled hard enough at its gear limited top speed of 242mph that it could have probably managed closer to 250. All that with no forced induction, and down 200hp on the CCR that superseded its record, 400hp shy of the Veyron, and about half as powerful as the Veyron SS. If the new one packs 800hp and superior aerodynamics to the original (and to the Veyron), it could potentially put up a fight. But, believe it or not, the goal of the F1 wasnt to cinch the speed record, it was to be the ultimate road car. So there is no saying that the new F1 is required to even attempt record speed shenanigans, let alone besting the 268mph record of the SS (which might get beaten by the SSC Tuatara claiming 275).
        tachyon particle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        because of aerodynamics, the original F1 only needed ~750HP to beat the Veyron, so 800 is probably just right
        quackmanquackman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/20/mclaren-f1-successor-to-pack-kers-into-clean-sheet-design/ It looks like it's already been confirmed that it will NOT have the central seating position :( That's a huge chunk of the original F1 gone. I hope they can make it up in other areas...
        TwoBits
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        I can't agree more with the 3-seat configuration. I always thought that was the coolest feature and really emphasized the purpose of that car. Hell... they could even ditch the rear two seats...
      Zak Jordan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestyl, i'm excited to see this.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      They do need a Aventador beater...... I am probably wrong, but I thought the MP4-12C was a Gallardo/Italia 458 competitor.
      k_m94
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it's going to be an MP4-12C that is a little lighter, the turbos programmed to feed more boost, and an order of magnitude more computing power and electronics. As long as the body it's in is a little sexier, I'm not complaining.
        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        I hope not. McLaren is wrong business if they feel they have to cut costs by sharing platforms, like mainstream manufacturers do. I hope they stick to the 3-door config. which made the F1 so unique.
          Al Terego
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Al Terego
          Yeah, 3-seater, not 3 door.
          k_m94
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Al Terego
          You mean 3 seat? And I am just throwing it out there. I would prefer they had their own platform, but after the 12C, how much further can you really go with current technology? I would like this to, if anything, evoke the purity of the F1, and focus on the experience and pantomime rather than simply one upping the 12C in the metrics.
      • 3 Years Ago
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