You can drive this $5.2 million Gran Turismo supercar in real life

Despite having the GT name, which can sometimes mean “grand tourer,” the Solus GT is up for anything but casual cruising. Its naturally aspirated V10 engine generates 840 hp and promises an acceleration time from zero to 100 km/h of less than 2.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 320 km/h.

Owners who are especially interested in living out their Formula One fantasies can purchase an FIA homologated race suit, helmet, bespoke head and neck support (HANS) device and a program of driver development training. Neck support is particularly important, says Bruno Senna, the professional race car driver who has driven Solus GT prototypes for testing purposes. (Senna’s uncle Aryton spent much of his career racing for the McLaren Formula One team and has a $1 million ($1.5 million) model named after him.)

Driving the Solus GT is “a whole different planet” compared to other high-powered McLarens like the Senna, he says. “This is as close as you can get to a high-end race car,” he said. “It’s nice to drive but definitely for people who buy it, they’re going to need a coach.”

The performance alone is sure to thrill anyone sitting in the solo seat of the car. Getting in and out of the vehicle will be quite an event. The spring-loaded hood top opens with the pressure of a mechanical lever; The roof then moves through a slight arc, lifting off the cabin and sliding forward to allow easy access to the driver’s seat. Once inside, the driver can access the ignition switch and a fire extinguisher fully integrated into the roof of the vehicle.

Like all McLarens made since 1981, the Solus GT uses a carbon fiber monocoque body; the front and rear chassis structures, and even the steering wheel, are also made of carbon fiber. But in a new first for the company, McLaren used 3D-printed titanium components that comprise the halo cockpit protection structure and anti-roll ring. All the carbon fiber and titanium help the car achieve a featherweight of just over 1 tonne. McLaren will build just 25 of the Solus GT, which, unlike the US-only McLaren Saber, is sold worldwide. Pricing starts at £3 million ($5.2 million). Deliveries will start in 2023.

Bloomberg

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