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

Every single number associated with McLaren’s Solus GT track car is crazy. It has a 5.2 liter V-10 that revs to 10,000 rpm and nearly 830 hp. It weighs 2205 lbs. but can produce 2645 lbs of downforce. It has a seat. The goal is for it to reach 60 in 2.5 seconds or less. And McLaren Special Operations will only build 25, and they’re all sold, probably for a multi-million dollar price tag.

This isn’t McLaren’s first track-only hypercar, but it has to be its most extreme. It is a realistic version of the McLaren Vision GT, which was created for Gran Turismo Sport. Yes, a video game. If you’ve ever played Gran Turismo, you’ve experienced what this car is like. And how it is, looks very insane.

The driveline is of particular interest. McLaren has long used a 3.8 or 4.0 liter turbocharged V-8 in its wildest cars and has just introduced a hybridized V-6 to the Artura. This new car uses a 5.2-liter V-10 that McLaren says is unique. It revs to 10,000 rpm and has 829 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. It has no belts or chains. Everything is gear driven. The engine is mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox with straight-cut gears and a carbon fiber clutch. McLaren says the engine and gearbox are motorsport derived, with the gearbox originally intended for LMP racing cars. The engine and gearbox are both loaded members of the chassis.

The V-10 doesn’t have a lot of weight to push around thanks to the carbon monocoque and 3D-printed titanium components, like a halo and roll bar. It even has carbon crash structures like in Formula 1. The suspension is double wishbones with front push rod and rear drag rod torsion bars and the four-way dampers are manually adjustable.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seat hypercar price specs release date

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That is combined with the bodywork, which will produce more downforce than the car’s weight. The first Solus owner to attempt to drive their car upside down at speed will be considered a hero. It has a fixed rear wing that is responsible for a lot of grip, and the design of this already virtual car was optimized for the real world in, you guessed it, the virtual world.

It’s full of crazy details, like side pods with radiators in them and shrouds to work the air around the double wishbone suspension. There are ground effect tunnels. Yes, this is a car that normal people – well, normal-ish – can buy and then drive, and it has ground effects. There is a huge front splitter and the air also comes out through a massive diffuser.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seat hypercar price specs release date

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Above the canopy is an air intake so you can get all that wonderful induction noise. That canopy also hides the cockpit. It’s all molded around the driver as you’d expect with a seat and design all done 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 helmet and HANS device to keep them safe at the surely ridiculous speeds this thing can achieve.

Unlike other McLarens, the steering wheel has buttons on it. In fact, almost every button on the steering wheel is a necessity, as the track car will need your utmost attention and you can’t adjust everything at 200 mph.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seat hypercar price specs release date

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This is a really wild thing, the kind of car that kids doodle on napkins in fifth grade but adults would tell them could never exist for one reason or another. McLaren took that doodle and put it in a video game, and then some crazy people in Woking decided to make it real. What thing.

2023 mclaren solus gt single seat hypercar price specs release date

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