Report: Next McLaren Supercar Begins Testing

McLaren’s next supercar is now beginning testing in Spain and Germany ahead of the car’s debut in 2014. According to Autocar, the so-called “Mega Mac” is still designed to trump the performance credentials of the mighty Bugatti Veyron.

As we had heard before, 799 hp of motivation will come from a 5.0-liter V-8 engine codeveloped with Ricardo. The engine will be coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and transmits power to the rear wheels. Performance estimates are unchanged from prior reports: 0-to-60-mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-to-100-mph in 5.5 seconds, and 0-to-200-mph in just 20.0 seconds.

Lest you assume the new McLaren is merely a drag-racing toy, Autocar reports that it will be built with a carbon-fiber monocoque and features pushrod aluminum suspension, Brembo ceramic brakes, a hydraulic anti-roll system, and a built-in camera and data logger for track use.

The new McLaren is set to be larger than the current MP4-12C, but its styling will be a blend of cues seen on that car and on the older McLaren F1. Active aerodynamic flaps are standard, as will be a switch to disable the ABS for racing use. Power is up considerably compared to the current McLaren, which extracts “just” 592 hp from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8.

Although it’s being called the Mega Mac for now, the new car will eventually get an alphanumeric name, like the MP4-12C that is already on sale. Speaking of which, McLaren plans to build two or three copies of the car per week over four years, for a total production run of 500 cars.

Each car will reportedly cost close to £1 million -- about $1.5 million at today’s exchange rates. Start saving now.

Source: Autocar

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