What it is: Possible confirmation of the availability of high strength psychotropic drugs in the Woking area of England. The BP23 is a three-seat model inspired by the legendary McLaren F1, sharing that car’s central driving position and continent-crossing Grand Tourer brief. It’s the work of McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division, and all 106 have already been sold, despite a price tag of more than $2 million.
Why it matters: It shows that McLaren will continue to pursue interesting (and profitable) niche models for as long as its super wealthy clientele wants to buy them. We know that the BP23 will have power-operated dihedral doors to ease access to its threeabreast seating layout, with passengers positioned slightly behind the driver as in the F1.
Platform: Like the forthcoming 720S we’ll be telling you about soon, the BP23 will be built off the updated Monocage II carbonfiber tub, which has been designed to make getting in and out easier than it is with McLaren’s current lineup. In addition to being more practical, the new structure will be stiffer, stronger, and 40 pounds lighter.
Powertrain: The BP23 will have a hybrid powertrain, like the P1, but details such as the strength of the electric motors and the size of the battery are being kept close to the corporate chest at the moment. We believe the gas-fed bit will be an evolution of McLaren’s current twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 and that the EV part will help total output reach beyond 800 horsepower, nearly as much as the hybrid 903-hp P1.
Competition: Not too much competition in the three-seat megacars category, so we’d wager that the target demographic is just as likely to be considering a Bell 407 helicopter or a Riva yacht as it is another car. Given that an original McLaren F1 now costs at least $12 million, you could argue that this one is something of a bargain.
What might go wrong: The first bespoke model from McLaren’s Special Ops, the X-1, was pretty hideous, although it was also commissioned by a buyer seemingly determined to drive a baroque Batmobile with carbon-covered rear wheels. We’re certain this one will look better.
Estimated arrival and price: Deliveries will likely start in 2018 at approximately $2 million.