McLaren planning 'brutal' new P15 hypercar

Some 500 will be built at McLaren's Woking site

Some 500 will be built at McLaren's Woking site

As per the report, "officials at McLaren refuse to confirm the existence of the vehicle", but the British publication thinks otherwise.

The vehicle, as claimed by Autocar, will not be a hybrid like the P1, but it will produce even more power from the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that features across nearly all McLaren cars including the new 570S Spider, the exception being the 720S, which uses an upgraded 4.0-litre development of the same unit.

Only the P1 GTR will be faster on a circuit among McLaren's other cars, the magazine estimates.

The P15 is rumoured to possess a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 which seems peculiar considering the manufacturers development of the newer M840T 4.0-litre V8. Codenamed "P15", the new high-performance machine is being referred to as a "track weapon" by people familiar with McLaren's agenda and it will be even more intense than the P1 GTR. Autocar's mole says the vehicle is completely stripped out, with luggage space limited to what's necessary to accommodate helmets and racing overalls, and with the design described as "brutal".

Though the existence of the auto is still to be confirmed by McLaren representatives. If the report is accurate, it will be at least 247 kg lighter than the P1 and that should translate into some mind-blowing performances.

The low weight of the McLaren P15 is purportedly made possible by using a new one-piece carbon-fibre tub - as first used on the 720S launched earlier this year.

The front spoiler and rear wing will be "huge" and it could feature adjustable ride height to improve aerodynamics.

McLaren might show the auto to customers later this year, but the public might have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show next March to see it.

As a reminder, 2019 will be the year when we'll see the hotly anticipated F1 spiritual successor, a sold-out $2.5-million three seater that now goes by the name of "BP23".

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