McLaren has teased the replacement for the 650S with this photo of its body structure.
The new model is currently codenamed P14 and will act as a replacement for the 650S, sitting in the middle of the manufacturer’s range as a ‘Super Series’ sports car.
It has been spied testing with camouflage hiding its design, but now McLaren has revealed the first official image – albeit without any skin.
The image shows the carbon-fibre body structure, which the company calls Monocage II. McLaren is famous for building the skeleton of its car from the tough, lightweight material, but this design is an evolution of that seen on the 650S.
The most obvious addition is the top rear section, which is steel on the current model. This contributes to a weight saving of 18kg for the new car and lowers the centre of gravity, which will aid handling.
Gaps in the roof line of the structure appear to confirm that the butterfly door design debuted on the classic McLaren F1 and spied on prototype models will make production.
McLaren’s supercars are notoriously difficult to get in and out of thanks to the carbon-fibre structure’s wide sills, but the image appears to show that this has been addressed for the ‘P14’.
McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt said: “Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland.”
January 5, 2017