The claims of the McLaren P15's existence can be traced to a news post by auto magazine Autocar, which cites anonymous insiders who appear to have knowledge of the engineering team working on the vehicle.
We've known for a while that McLaren would add two cars to its Ultimate Series; a successor to the P1 developed under its Track22 plan and a three-seater code-named BP23. Apparently, it's a track-ready monster with performance better than a P1.
But Autocar magazine has broken the story in today's issue, quoting sources at McLaren as saying the second model in the Ultimate Series, codenamed P15, has been pared down to less than 1300kg ready to go, with an upgraded version of McLaren's 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that's good for nearly 600kW. While company officials "refuse to confirm" its existence, the vehicle - dubbed "P15" - is expected to "be the second model in the firm's Ultimate Series after the P1". Power output will come in at around 789bhp - 62bhp more than the P1. If the report is accurate, it will be at least 247 kg lighter than the P1 and that should translate into some mind-blowing performances.
Autocar says McLaren is primarily focusing on the car's performances and that will have an impact on the exterior design described as being rather "brutal".
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The report also suggests that the new model will rely heavily on McLaren's Formula 1 expertise, making use of active aerodynamics and a large rear diffuser and rear wing to provide massive downforce, as well as giving the new auto a menacing appearance.
As for the interior, it will only have what's needed for the P15 to receive road approval as everything else has been taken out to reach that remarkable, yet unconfirmed low weight. Production apparently will be limited to 500 cars, and the price will be just shy of a million bucks at the current exchange rate. And it's about to get even more confusing, as McLaren reportedly has been secretly developing a no-holds-barred "track weapon" that will debut later this year.
Yet it looks like the production version of the P15 actually will arrive first.