106 people have given huge sums of money to McLaren Automotive to reserve a unit of a hypercar that has been referred to only as ‘BP23’ in documents and discussions. Now the company has revealed its name: Speedtail.

The world’s first Hyper-GT and McLaren’s next entrant to its Ultimate Series, the Speedtail will achieve the highest top speed of any McLaren yet, with the capability to exceed the 390 km/h peak speed of the legendary McLaren F1 road car.

Its design, teased in a series of sketches, will be flowing and highly streamlined, incorporating exquisite new materials to facilitate limitless possibilities for tailoring through McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

The news follows the announcement by McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, during the Geneva Motor Show press conference that a public reveal of the Speedtail can be expected in October this year. However, those 106 customers will be invited to see it first before the rest of the world.

The next addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series will be both the fastest-ever (in a straight line) and the most luxurious McLaren. Featuring a 3-seat cockpit design with a central driving position – the same layout as the F1 – and a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the Speedtail will deliver the unparalleled blend of extreme performance and sporting luxury that befits its status as the ultimate road-going McLaren.

The entire production was allocated even before the car was officially announced in November 2016. Production is due to begin at the end of next year, with every Speedtail personalised to each customer’s specific requirement by MSO.

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