Successor to the McLaren F1 hypercar by 2014

News on the interweb seems to indicate that McLaren insiders have confirmed that official testing of their new hypercar is underway ahead of its 2014 launch.

Any new road-going McLaren will be compared to the iconic mid-nineties, 240 mph F1 hypercar (below) designed by Gordon Murray.  So how will the new car stack up against the icon?

Well, reports indicate that the new hypercar will have a 5.0-litre V8 engine, kicking out 799 bhp and 590 lb ft of torque.  0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds and 200 mph in 20.0 seconds.

That compares well against the original F1 which took 3.2, 6.3 and 28.0 seconds to complete these benchmarks.

It also stacks up well against the Bugatti Veyron’s 2.5, 5.1 and 24.0 seconds, especially the 0-200 mph figure.

It should also show a clean pair of heels to the Pagani Huayra and the Ferrari Enzo replacement.

In fact, the Venom GT is one of the few cars that will beat it to 200 mph. It manages a time of 15.3 seconds, but it’s bonkers.

The new hypercar is expected to include styling details from both the MP4-12C and the original F1.  Only time will tell, but it will have to be something really special to eclipse the revolutionary styling of the F1.

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