McLaren launched a single-seater sports car designed for the track, called Solus GT, equipped with a naturally aspirated V10 engine with a maximum power of more than 830 horsepower.
The car, which recently debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, was designed with speed, downforce and lap records in mind, featuring a unique carbon fiber cockpit, wide enclosed wheels and a massive rear spoiler. The car uses a unique monocoque chassis that itself weighs less than 1000kg but generates 1200kg of downforce at full tilt.
The car, based on a 2017 concept car designed for the Gran Turismo Sport video game, has now been unveiled in production form at Monterey Car Week in California.
Power for the Solus GT comes from a 5.2-liter V10 engine that revs to 10,000 rpm and puts out more than 830 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The car uses a custom-made seven-speed sequential gearbox, and the vehicle accelerates from zero to 62 miles (Note: about 99.78 kilometers) per hour in just 2.5 seconds. According to McLaren, the car has a top speed of more than 200 mph.
The driver sits in a centrally mounted, enclosed cockpit, accessed through a jet-like sliding hatch. Inside the cockpit is a racing-inspired fixed seat, customized to each owner’s needs. There’s also a carbon fiber steering wheel inspired by Formula 1, and a digital rearview display.
Solus GT is limited to 25 units, all of which have been sold, with an average price of more than 3 million pounds and the first deliveries of the car are scheduled to begin next year.