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McLaren has teased photos of its next Ultimate Series hypercar, along with a promise that the new model will be the fastest ever produced by the brand.

The ‘Hyper-GT’ will exceed the 243mph top speed of McLaren’s previous record holder and its first road car, the iconic McLaren F1.The marker was set on a German test track by British Le Mans 24 Hours winner in 1998.

Like its predecessor, produced between 1992 and 1998, the newcomer will be a three seater, with a central driving position. We exclusively snapped the car on the road about six months ago, just days before McLaren confirmed its existence and released its own official photos of the prototype track testing.

The car will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain combining a twin-turbo V8 engine with electric motors, and is expected to be significantly more powerful than the current most potent McLaren production car, the 1,000hp P1.

Currently officially known by its BP23 code name, the car will carry a proper name – McLaren’s Ultimate Series models are named whereas the more mainstream Sports and Super Series models carry numbers.

The BP23 is also being pitched as the most luxurious McLaren yet made. Each will be personalised to their customer by McLaren Special Operations, and production of the cars will begin at the end of 2019.

McLaren intends to build 106 examples of the BP23 – exactly the same number as was produced of the McLaren F1. And anyone who believes they can afford the likely £2 million price tag will be disappointed – since the car was announced in November 2016 all have already been reserved.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.