Woking, Surrey - McLaren has confirmed that its next Track22 model will a track-focused extension of its flagship Ultimate series, so new that it doesn’t even have a code-name yet.
Previous members of the Utimate series include the P1 and P1 GTR, but this is Intended to be the most extreme, performance-concentrated road car yet from the Woking stable.
McLaren says it will be street-legal (just!) but daily usability has been sacrificed in favour of intense driver response on track - which is adspeak for rock-hard suspension, ultra-direct go-kart steering, the barest minimum of driver aids and the throttle response of a striking cobra.
Even the styling is described as ‘brutal’, a pure expression of the Woking ‘form follows function’ styling philosophy. More details, including the car’s name, have been promised by the end of the year.
The new rocketship will be launched in the first quarter of 2018, ahead of a second future Ultimate Series model, codenamed BP23, which is intended to combine supercar performance on the open road with five-star comfort.
McLaren is describing the BP23 as a ‘Hyper-GT’, and says both it and the as yet unnamed track-day special will be built in extremely limited numbers - all of which are already spoken for.