McLaren has previewed some of the customisation options that will be offered to the 106 buyers of the upcoming 243mph-plus Speedtail hypercar, with a new teaser image showing an 18-carat white gold badge.
The Speedtail is the spiritual successor to the F1, which was released in 1993. Its twin-turbo V8 combusion engine will be augmented by an electric hybrid system for a combined power output in excess of 986bhp, far surpassing the F1's 627bhp.
Previously known by its BP23 codename, the Speedtail will have a higher top speed than any McLaren ever produced. The company has yet to confirm an official maximum speed but is aiming for a figure beyond the F1's 243mph.
Only 106 Speedtail models will be produced - and all have already been reserved, at £1.75 million (plus taxes) each. It will be officially revealed to owners in the coming weeks, with a public unveiling to follow on 26 October.
The newest teaser images focus on the car's badge, one of a number of custom options that buyers will be able to specify. The badge shown was made by Birmingham-based specialist jeweller Vaughtons, and combines 18 carat white gold with carbonfibre inlays using new Thin Ply Technology. The front badge weighs 100 grams, and will be offered as a set of three as one of the tailoring options.
McLaren previously released a teaser image showing the Speedtail's eponymous rear end, which suggests it will arrive with a distinctly different look from every other McLaren road car. With top speed being prioritised over lap times, it is unlikely to use the opinion-dividing additional aerodynamic upgrades found on the Senna hypercar.
McLaren said the name is “evocative of a peak speed higher than any McLaren yet and sinuous, highly streamlined design”. It also said that it will be “the most luxurious” McLaren so far.