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Rumors have been swirling that McLaren engineers and designers are hard at work on successor to the near-mythical F1.
Reports from Autocar talk about a hyper-focused machine that slots below the performance arch created by the P1, but above the rest of the lineup. It almost sounds like a variant of the 675LT with more power and a certain familiar cockpit layout.
According to Car & Driver though, it seems the boss is damping any idea that an updated F1 is in store for the future.
McLaren boss man Mike Flewitt denied the notion that there's a future F1 being drawn up. He specifically states that, "We loved the F1, but we're not going to make another one."
What he doesn't say, however, is that a three-seater isn't in the works for the near future. Yes, a three-seater with a V-12 and a manual gearbox is most likely never going to happen again. However, a car with that central driving layout could possibly find its way into a McLaren packing a juiced up 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 though, and we know that McLaren customers are interested in such a thing. Flewitt even admits as much.
If McLaren is looking to increase its volume, it's going to need to keep adding more model variants. A near hypercar with a central seating position? That will move a few sales needles.
Relatively speaking, of course.