A fantasy computer racer has come to life, as McLaren reveals a track-only single-seat hypercar with 618kW and 650Nm for 25 ultra-rich owners.
The name says it all about it. McLaren Solus GT — means ‘alone’ — and its role in the world of automobiles.
It’s a single-seat ‘hypercar’ designed to deliver the ultimate adrenaline rush on the racetrack, built by the makers of the McLaren P1 and Senna for people who don’t care about price or racing on the road.
This time around, McLaren, which made its reputation in Formula One and IndyCar racing, has gone all out with a car that started out as a virtual star in the video game Gran Turismo Sport.
It has been transformed into a “road” rocket with a ton (literally) of downforce, a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 with 618kW (829hp) and 650Nm, a 0-100km/h run in 2, 5 seconds and a maximum speed of 320 km. /h.
McLaren Automotive has not confirmed how much the Solus GT will cost. Similar track-only rivals, including the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro, the Red Bull RB17 and the upcoming electric Rodin FZero, are priced up to $AU9 million.
Instead, the Solus GT focuses on the technical details of a full carbon fiber chassis and bodywork, a specially developed V10 petrol engine capable of turning over 10,000 rpm – the first McLaren with more than eight cylinders since the F1 V12 from the 1990s – and a seven-speed sequential manual gearbox with rear-wheel drive.
McLaren is targeting a weight of less than 1000kg and a downforce target of 1200kg from the car’s swoopy wings and underbody wind tunnels.
The Solus GT was unveiled over the weekend during Monterey Car Week in California, where McLaren confirmed that all 25 cars had been sold before the world premiere.
The Solus GT’s design includes a fighter jet-style hood, Formula One-style steering wheel with integrated dash display, and Batmobile-style bodywork with every surface contributing to downforce.
The car is packed with motorsports tech, from 3D-printed magnesium parts to its carbon fiber chassis, racing-style suspension and brakes, and 18-inch forged aluminum wheels fitted with Le Mans-spec racing tires, either slicks and with pattern for wet weather. .
“It represents our pioneering spirit,” McLaren Automotive CEO Michael Leiters said in an official statement.
In addition to the car, owners will receive an individually molded seat tailored to their driving position, plus a HANS safety device, race suit and driver training.
Track testing of a prototype car has already started in the UK, although McLaren does not disclose any lap times.
Still, McLaren says it intends to hold Solus GT track events for owners, and all cars will come with a custom flight case that includes tools, vehicle jacks and stands, radios and a coolant preheater to heat the engine. engine before use.