McLaren Teases Possible F1 Successor Before Paris Show Debut

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a prop from Tron. No, folks, this is actually a future McLaren supercar that should debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month – and if the rumors are true, it’s going to be a true successor to the hallowed McLaren F1.

We first heard scuttlebutt of a new McLaren supercar – one more powerful and extreme than the already impressive MP4-12C – nearly two years ago. Early reports suggested the car would be positioned as a true successor to the F1, and could debut as early as 2012 – albeit McLaren would first launch the MP4-12C and its drop-top variant, the MP4-12C Spider.

Those old predicitions seem eerily prescient, even today: McLaren recently launched the MP4-12C Spider, and the Paris Motor Show still falls within the 2012 calendar year. At this point, McLaren isn’t saying much about its new reveal, other than “the next exciting chapter will debut in Paris” and that the company will “use this stage to showcase future plans.”

It’s hard to discern much from the neon-clad photo, but the car hidden in the shadows appears to be markedly different from the existing MP4-12C (or, for that matter, the one-off X1 that debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance). Its nose appears more tapered and rounded, its headlamps long and slender, and its roofline slender and flowing. A pair of neon-blue swage marks above the nose emblem reminds us of the nose duct used on the F1, but they could simply be an artistic distraction rendered in the photo studio.

We’ll know more for certain in the coming weeks. McLaren will officially reveal this car in Paris on September 27, but may tease additional details and photos in the days before its formal debut. Stay tuned.

Source: McLaren Automotive