Rumors and conjecture will only get you so far, particularly when we're talking about the stratosphere of supercardom where speculation can disappear back into the ether from whence it came as quickly as it emerged in the first place. What we need to really anticipate the arrival of a new record-breaking hypercar is concrete evidence. And concrete evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is what we have here before us today.

The car we're talking about is the long-awaited successor to the legendary McLaren F1. Considering how thoroughly that bolide smashed all preconceived notions of what a car could do when the original hit the streets in 1992, its successor is something worth anticipating indeed. It's expected to have nearly 700 horsepower on tap, challenge the Bugatti Veyron for straight-line pace and emerge as a de-facto challenger to the Enzo replacement Ferrari is working on.

The styling is expected to take greater advantage of the skills of one Frank Stephenson, father of the modern Mini Cooper, BMW X5, Fiat 500 and countless Ferrari and Maserati models. His arrival at McLaren Automotive is said to have been a little late for him to truly leave his mark on the MP4-12C – its big brother expected to be his first clean-sheet design since moving in at Woking.

From the spy shots, we can see some distinctive common stylistic elements to the existing MP4-12C, tempered with some references to the original McLaren F1 – particularly in the shape of the greenhouse that packs a windshield that looks like it was lifted from a glass-bottom boat. A rooftop hood vent also appears to be popping up through the camouflage, with a giant exhaust pipe protruding high up through the rear (like a Pagani), with what looks like the biggest underbody diffuser we've seen yet.

The overall shape also looks longer than the MP4-12C, presumably to accommodate an engine packing 50% more cylinders than its eight-pot kid brother. With the V12 F1 expected to arrive around the same time as the Ferrari F70, it looks like Maranello and Woking are gearing up for once heck of a high-stakes grudge match.


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      johnenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      This & the new Enzo will be the benchmark for all supercars.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      considering how fast the mp4-12c already is this must be mindblowingly fast. let's hope it sounds better!
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      i hope gordon murray throws his two cents into the car...he'll add that racing/extreme aspect to the car
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        Don't worry, the chief aerodynamicist for the F1 team during the 2008 championship winning year is doing the aero on this car. It's in good hands
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        Considering his last venture was probably the T25 "Smart" style electric city car that never turned out, I hope he hasnt lost his balls. Then again, he did bring about the insane F1/LMP lovechild the Caparo T1, so who knows?
      Human
      • 2 Years Ago
      its tough to look sexy in a Burqua. this car manages. cant wait to see her in the flesh. nice job mr stephenson.
      da.kid1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, you can clearly see that front end is the 12c's, hopefully that's more camo under the camo.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      that first sentence broke my brain. i need a new one.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm hoping this is just disguised to look *like* an MP4-12C. I want something new, with the driver in the middle.
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack
        It won't look like an MP4-12C at all. But it won't have a middle driver either. Modern safety regulations would mean dimensionally that the car would just have to be too wide
      da.kid1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I almost spazzed when I saw this, please McLaren, let this be a monster!A gamechanger!Let it demolish everything in the road!Please give it looks that would make it stand out, yet not be overdone!If this follows the F1's roots I'd be the happiest person on this Earth.
      miammt
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow man.... that's a big diffuser. i hope the engine does not have forced induction... natuarlly aspirated like the f1 would be great
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      From some angles it almost looks Zonda-esque with a bubble greenhouse set really far forward and tapering to a point, leaving a long, wide rear deck.
      Wes Mantooth
      • 2 Years Ago
      this makes me happy. ive had a mclaren f1 poster on my wall since i was 11. years later i want to add a new one to the collection
      suthrn2nr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This and the new NSX will have some big shoes to fill. The GT-R and New Viper filled theirs spectacularly. And I dont mean pure speed, but how they became legendary in their own way. I hope I see same from new F1 and NSX.
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