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Firm is fast-tracking a follow-up to its iconic F1 hypercar for launch in 2012

McLaren will launch a follow-up to its iconic F1 hypercar in 2012, more than two years earlier than originally planned.

A successor to the F1 had been expected later in the decade as McLaren instead focused its efforts on setting up a new car company from scratch, developing and marketing the MP4-12C and establishing a dealer network to sell its models through.

McLaren insiders have told Autocar, however, the firm is working flat-out on a new F1, a car described as a “revolutionary” hypercar and one which will be instantly recognisable as such. This is in contrast to the MP4-12C, which has been criticised for its unadventurous styling.

The new F1 is the subject of an intensive development programme said to be among the speediest the industry has yet seen.

The new F1 will be mid-engined and will feature a carbonfibre monocoque similar in concept to the MP4-12C’s. Despite its creators’ radical approach, it will still bear some similarities to the original F1. These, however, are largely coincidental and it is not yet clear whether the car will feature the same central driving seat as its predecessor.

As with the MP4-12C and the original 1992 F1, major emphasis has been placed on saving weight; the new F1 is expected to pioneer many new solutions in this field.

It will also feature novel wheel and lighting designs, both contributing much to its distinctive look. There’s no word yet on the car’s powertrain, but it is expected to break new ground, possibly with some low emission solutions. Standard-setting suspension is also a certainty.

The F1 successor will be the second of McLaren’s trio of new models – the third is thought to slot beneath the £150,000 MP4 12C. The planned price of the F1 successor is unknown, but it’s likely to be substantially more than the 12C. But rather than a limited edition, as the F1 was, it is expected be a regular series model.

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Straight Six Man 11 July 2010

Re: New McLaren F1 in 2012

Wanos wrote:
I agree with the majority about the new McLaren, it looks plain.

Plain but handsome. It's essentially well-proportioned and inoffensive - the 458 Italia is offensively ugly.

Wanos wrote:
The 8C is lovely but the winner is still the E-Type...always

E-type? Not a bit old-fashioned and phallic? I mean, lovely car and all that, but some of the associations spoil it for me... partly the way that British Leyland wrecked it.

I think the best-looking supercar ever has to be either a 275GTB or the 2006 Lambo Miura concept - the original Miura was a stunner and Walter de Silva merely tidied it up a bit, making it look cleaner and less fussy (although the proportions changed a bit).

Now, if I could have a Murcielago LP670-2 (yes, 2 - just RWD, please) rebodied as a 2006 Miura, with a manual gearbox, I'd be a very happy bunny indeed.

Wanos 11 July 2010

Re: New McLaren F1 in 2012

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Veyron is beautiful, but it's not bad looking. I agree with the majority about the new McLaren, it looks plain.

The 8C is lovely but the winner is still the E-Type...always

disco.stu 10 July 2010

Re: New McLaren F1 in 2012

Straight Six Man wrote:

ryaner wrote:
truly beautiful modern cars, such as the Alfa 8c

Come on, the 8C doesn't even count as a modern design, it owes SO much to the Ferrari 275GTB.

The Alfa Romeo 8C is so beautiful it made me question my general distaste for retro cars. Design-wise, the Mini, Mustang, New Beetle, PT Cruiser, Jaguar S-Type and the like leave me cold - even though the Mini and Mustang are both probably a blast to drive (for different reasons!)

But the 8C is staggeringly gorgeous. Unlike the Mini, Mustang, New Beetle, Camaro and so on (not to mention Walter de'Silva's vile Muira concept), it doesn't try to replicate a specific model. It does take its overall form and various themes from several classic Alfas and Ferraris like the 275, but it is not trying to re-draw an old car for the noughties.

Actually, i like the Fiat 500 too. Damn.