The McLaren Solus GT is a single-seater V-10 track monster

Every number associated with McLaren’s Solus GT race car is crazy. It has a 5.2 liter V-10 which accelerates to 10,000 rpm and almost 830 hp. He weighs 2,205 pounds. but it can produce 2645 pounds of downforce. It has one seat. The goal is to reach 60 in 2.5 seconds or less. And McLaren Special Operations will only build 25 and all of them will be sold, possibly for many millions of dollars.

This isn’t the first McLaren hypercar designed exclusively for track use, but it has to be the most extreme. This is the true version of the McLaren Vision GT that was made for Gran Turismo Sport. Yes, a video game. If you’ve ever played Gran Turismo, you’ve found out what this car looks like. And what it is like seems crazy.

The drive system is of particular interest. McLaren has long used the 3.8 or 4.0 liter turbo-charged V-8 in its wildest cars, and has just introduced a hybrid V-6 for Arthur. This new car uses a 5.2 liter V-10 engine which McLaren says is unique. It accelerates to 10,000 rpm and has 829 hp and 479 Nm of torque. There are no belts or chains. Everything is gear-driven. The engine is mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox with straight gears and a carbon fiber clutch. McLaren says the engine and gearbox are derived from motorsport, and the gearbox was originally intended for LMP racing cars. The engine and gearbox are stressed undercarriage components.

The V-10 doesn’t have much weight to move around thanks to the carbon monocoque and 3D printed titanium elements such as the halo and headband. It even has carbon fiber crash structures as in Formula 1. The suspension consists of double wishbones with a front and rear torsion bar, and four-way shock absorbers are manually adjustable.

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Combined with a body that will create a downforce greater than the weight of the car. The first Solus owner who tries to drive his car upside down at high speed will be considered a hero. It has a fixed rear wing for a lot of traction, and the design of this virtual car has been optimized for the real world, you guessed it, the virtual world.

It’s packed with crazy details like side skirts with heat sinks and covers that distribute air around the double wishbone suspension. There are tunnels with a ground effect. Yes, it’s a car that normal people – well, normal people – can buy and then drive, and it has an impact on the ground. There is a huge splitter at the front and the air also comes out through a massive diffuser.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seater hypercar pricing release date

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There is an air inlet above the canopy so you can get all that great induction noise. This canopy also hides the cockpit. The whole thing is molded around the rider, as you’d expect from the seat and the structure that is made to the owner’s specifications. The pedals are adjustable, but the seat is fixed. There’s a six-point racing harness, and the owner even gets a custom-made helmet and HANS device to keep them safe at the surely ridiculous speeds this thing can achieve.

Unlike other McLaren, there are buttons on the steering wheel. In fact, almost every button is on the steering wheel, which is a must as the track car will require your utmost attention and you can’t adjust everything at 200mph.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seater hypercar pricing release date

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It’s a really crazy thing, the kind of car kids draw on their napkins in fifth grade, but adults would tell them it could never exist for one reason or another. McLaren took this doodle and put it in a video game, then the crazy people of Woking decided to make it a reality. What a thing.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seater hypercar pricing release date

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