McLaren Begins Testing Of Veyron Rival Hypercar: Report

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Nothing puts into perspective the speed of modern supercars better than the current McLaren MP4-12C.

With performance to rival the McLaren F1, at one time the pinnacle of road car development, it's now considered merely an entry-level supercar, leaving room for something even faster. That role is being filled by an upcoming hypercar, which U.K. magazine Autocar reports is now undergoing testing.

The mega-McLaren is set to rival the Bugatti Veyron, upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari's replacement for the Enzo. To ensure it won't be left behind, a new 799-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 is being developed with Ricardo. Putting the power through a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, 60 mph should arrive in 2.8 seconds and 200 mph won't even be a challenge.

Styling of the MP4-12C has been criticized in some quarters for lacking the flair you might find in a Ferrari or Lamborghini, so the faster McLaren will be "bigger, angrier and more functional looking".

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For the budding Lewis Hamiltons and Jenson Buttons the car will feature a data logger and video camera to record on-track moments.

Testing started last month in Spain and has moved on to Germany, with hot weather testing also taking place in Bahrain. Production is set to begin in 2014 at a rate of two or three cars per week.

The price? A bargain compared to the inflation-adjusted $1.3 million of the original McLaren F1, at just over $627,000.
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Comments (3)
  1. first SSC now everybody going after the Veyron. Glad to know its going to look better than the MP4-12C but we will be the judge of that.

  2. I dont think any one till this day considers a Mclaren F1 to be an entry level super car. I mean it DOES have a top speed of 240+ MPH!!! It still is a very exclusive automobile and it still fetches top dollar. Its one of the few supercars today to have any type of real racing pedigree unlike the SSC, and Veyron. I dont call that entry level.

  3. You'll note I was referring to the MP4-12C as an entry-level supercar, rather than the F1 ;)

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