The McLaren F1 became the fastest road car in the world in 1998. The record speed at that time was 240 mph. Since then the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has set the new standard at 268 mph. McLaren has gone back to the drawing board since then, and we’re finally seeing the results of their hard work with their new Mega Mac halo car.
The BMW sourced 6.1-liter powerplant (627 horsepower) which powered the past McLaren, will be replaced by a 5.0-liter V-8, producing around 799 horsepower and 599 lb-ft of torque. The combination of the McLaren’s lightweight carbon fiber chassis, more powerful lightweight engine, 5-stage traction control, and improved aerodynamics, should put the Mega Mac in the neighborhood of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, 0-100 in 5.5 seconds, and 0-200 in 20 seconds (the Bugatti hits 200 in 22 seconds).
According to Autocar, the Mega Mac will resemble the past F1, but will be “bigger, angrier, and more functional”. They also hint it might be packing a Graziano 7-speed dual clutch transmission, Brembo (carbon ceramic) brakes, hydraulic/adaptive dampers, and an active rear and front spoiler (deployed on demand). Only 500 of these production models will be made, and they will cost roughly $650,000 US. This means they will be selling at ‘two for one’ in comparison to the Bugatti’s $1.2 million price tag (and that’s the Veyron’s base model).
Stay Tuned, the battle is just heating up!