The V10 McLaren Solus GT Is A Real-Life ‘Gran Turismo’ Hypercar

Remember when you used to play Grand Touring until the wee hours of the morning, building and racing in the garage of your dreams? Then a few years later, would you find yourself with a few million dollars and buy those cars in real life? Yeah… neither do we. While the sequence we’ve just walked you through is nothing more than a pipe dream for most, time and time again, manufacturers have dangled the virtual carrot with “Vision GT” concept vehicles, a new way to test the market in digital concept shape. cars. Usually these concepts have remained just that, but McLaren is now putting its money where its mouth is (mouth-watering renderings) by announcing the production of 25 Vision GT cars, dubbed the McLaren Solus GT.

In exterior shots, the Solus GT appears to resemble the Gran Turismo Concept. An aerodynamically sculpted Le Mans-style hypercar that will break as many hearts as it does lap records (for the few that don’t end up sealed in vaults). The sliding hood over the center-mounted solo seat might be the coolest design feature we’ve ever seen on a McLaren, though truth be told, the whole package looks like pure childish fantasy. From the wheel guards to the front splitter, the entire package seeks to extract every ounce of aero efficiency from the car, to the point where McLaren claims the Solus GT will be capable of producing more than 1,200 kilograms of downforce.

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McLaren Solus GT
McLaren Solus GT

McLaren Automotive CEO Michael Leiters said: “The McLaren Solus GT is the realization of a radical concept vehicle from McLaren originally created for the world of virtual racing. Designed without the constraints of road or racing regulations, but with the full spectrum of McLaren expertise to bring it to life, it embodies our pioneering spirit.”

Surprisingly, one key element of the game that hasn’t made the transition to the real world is the powertrain. The tried and tested twin-turbocharged V8, a staple of modern McLarens, has been dropped in favor of a 5.2-litre normally aspirated V10. The bespoke engine will be capable of revving to over 10,000 rpm and will double as a structural part of the chassis. Shifts will be through a straight-cut seven-speed sequential gearbox, which will want to be crisp to push 840PS in a package that weighs less than 1,000 kilograms. McLaren is aiming for a 0-100km/h time of around 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 320km/h, but the actual numbers will do their damage on the track.

McLaren has stated that the Solus GT is currently undergoing track testing before the sold-out allocation of 25 is delivered in 2023.

The V10 McLaren Solus GT is a real-life 'Gran Turismo' hypercar
The V10 McLaren Solus GT is a real-life 'Gran Turismo' hypercar
The V10 McLaren Solus GT is a real-life 'Gran Turismo' hypercar
McLaren Solus GT
McLaren Solus GT

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