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McLaren Solus GT, a hypercar derived from Formula 1

Sometimes, and only sometimes, reality outweighs fantasy. Especially if you have many zeros in the checking account. An essential cond

McLaren Solus GT, a hypercar derived from Formula 1


Sometimes, and only sometimes, reality outweighs fantasy. Especially if you have many zeros in the checking account. An essential condition to be one of the 25 owners new McLaren Solus GTthe hypercar presented during the Monterey Car Week (California) and that it already had all the units approved before this public display. The reasons are obvious, starting with its design and paying special attention to the mechanical aspect, led by a 840 hp V10 block that reaches 10,000 rpm and grants 650 Nm of torque.

The McLaren Solus GT is a track-legal hypercar.

This hypercar is the staging of a firm that has worked hard on the track. His experience in and the solutions derived from Formula 1 single-seatershave been key in developing the Solus GT.

The obsession during the process was aerodynamics and lightness, essential elements of a Grand Circus racing car that now becomes a reality for the most exclusive drivers. That yes, before it has been able to be enjoyed by the users of the Gran Turismo SPORT as a virtual concept car.

from kilo to kilo

As we mentioned, the weight of the McLaren Solus GT has been the main challenge for the engineers. Thanks to the knowledge on track, this hypercar weighs less than 1,000 kilograms and includes aerodynamic solutions that represent a load greater than 1,200 kg. Some appendages, air intakes and spoilers that result in an unprecedented design.

mclarenThe front of this hypercar maintains the well-known hammerhead but with much more.

As explained during the presentation, the Solus GT is “designed without any restriction by road or competition regulations, but with the full spectrum of McLaren experience to bring it to reality, exemplifies our avant-garde spirit”, commented Michael Leiters, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

To name some of the most significant parts of this hypercar, the ode to single-seaters begins with the placement of a single seat in the middle. On this we find a sliding hard top, which closes the cabin completely and requires a fighter jet style entrance. The seat position is fixed, with the placement of the pedal box like in a racing car.

mclarenThe Solus GT’s aerodynamic solutions give it 1,200 kilograms of payload.

But before moving on to the interior, it is worth stopping at the exterior design winks. Keep the badge hammerhead nose that characterizes McLarens and that, in this case, it significantly improves the distribution of airflow to achieve the key ground effect in a supercar.

The wheel pods in the corners They serve to reduce the overall weight and work individually to take advantage of the airflow thanks to the teardrop shape, a design that “calms the turbulence in the wake of each tire and mitigates pressure buildup within the wheel well.” That is, the forks are exposed to airflow and wrapped in carbon fiber to direct air to the side pod-mounted radiators. This location is directly inspired by the competition and reduces the frontal area.

McLarenThe interior is accessed as in a fighter, from above and with a sliding hood.

The 18-inch forged wheelswith central nut, and shod with specific tires Le Mans Prototype they grant an elongated lateral vision worthy of the most famous endurance races in the world. The fixed rear spoiler It’s got two parts, each working to maximize the load on the rear for that ground effect and better cornering.

cutting edge engineering

It is clear that the Solus GT reminds us of the cars of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or the virtual racing cars of video games such as the Gran Turismo. However, it is a reality will circulate from 2023. Like all McLarens built for 40 years, the Solus GT is built on a carbon fiber monocoque. Of course, the firm adopts engineering processes based on its years of Formula 1 and combines other cutting-edge materials.

mclarenLike all McLarens, its structure is based on a carbon fiber monocoque.

The front and rear impact structures are made of carbon fiber, something that is usually aluminum attached to the passenger cell on production models. Also, the engine and gearbox are part of the chassis, so there’s no need for a rear subframe. For its construction, and as McLaren told us, a process of carbon “prepreg” simplifies adaptation of the material to the mold without affecting the resistance that is needed.

A rigidity capable of withstanding the demands of a 5.2 liter V10 block that exceeds the 10,000 laps to reach 840 horsepower. The engine torque exceeds 650 Nm to sign an acceleration of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h. All this thanks to the presence of a box of 7-speed sequential shiftingwhich goes in a custom-made aluminum housing and uses carbon fiber for the clutch.

The set-up is focused on the circuit: it is a particular racing car that will not leave the tracks. As its engineers explain: “The trapezoids and connecting rods are made of steel to improve its durability, but the arms of the front suspension are covered in carbon fiber to achieve greater aerodynamic efficiency.

Vertical movement has been limited as much as possible, offering racing stability for which good braking is essential. The system is completed by monobloc clamps of 6-piston machined aluminum with carbon discs and brake pads. The driver can adjust the split between the front and rear brakes sitting in the car.