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A group of renderings have surfaced on Slovenian automotive site avtmanija.com of what could be the McLaren F2 – successor to the all conquering Mclaren F1. Of course the jury is still out on this one, so we will leave it to our highly intelligent user base to offer their opinions below.

McLaren are currently developing two new models, first up will come the successor to the Mercedes McLaren SLR – codenamed F11 which is expected to be launched in 2010. We will then see the McLaren F1 successor which is only known by its codename F12 at the moment.

McLaren are currently developing a new engine based on the current power unit found in the SLR. Rumours state the cylinder count could be increased from the current V8 to become a V10, power output figure should be in the region of 600bhp – that would be a lower than the current SLR. To counter this, the supercar maker will re-engineer and strip down the model to drop the overall weight to create the ultimate driving machine.

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Looks like someone just adapted the new lotus

I was about to say that.
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if it is the successor to the F1, it will have a lot to live up to

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With industry divorces and proposed marriages all over the show, it’s not surprising the move by McLaren and Mercedes-Benz to go it alone in each of their future projects. As we have been reporting for many many months now, Benz is extremely deep into its SLC super car development, and our several spy photos confirm this. McLaren is obviously not sleeping either, we’ve spoken at length about a car codenamed P11 from the Woking crew. Now for the first time, CAR in the UK say they have as close to production images as we have seen in these leaked images.

McLaren is known as a weight saver of note, so we are looking at a compact V8 motor to partner some lightweight chassis and bodywork materials. Mercedes-Benz, which still owns part of McLaren, would be the most obvious choice for engine partner and their 6.2-litre V8 is a distinct possibility, natural or force-fed. Problem there is weight and size, but targeted rivals Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo would have also moved their game up by release date in 2010. Resulting horses will be along the 500 bhp lines, and if it weighs the 1200kg earmarked, it should make for a sub 4-second mechanical arrow.

This engine choice would also be quite a shift from the original McLaren F1 super car which packed a formidable BMW powerplant. There have been eyewitnesses who’ve seen the mule testing at Surrey’s Dunsfold circuit, and they reveal a swift runner with quick gear changes, suspected to be an F1-style sequential affair. The name McLaren is synonymous with motor racing, so we look forward to its future Nurburgring times.

Likely prices will fall between £150,000 and £200,000.

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That front looks like a rounded LP640...

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looks like a cross between a LP640 and a Gallardo

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New McLaren supercars target Ferrari

The company behind the legendary McLaren F1 is planning a new range of supercars to take on its Formula One arch-rival Ferrari. By JEZ SPINKS.

Formula One team McLaren will take its intense rivalry with Ferrari from the track to the road with a new range of supercars.

The British racing outfit that in the 1990s boasted the world’s fastest production car – the F1 – will launch its first new model in 2011.

McLaren believes the economic conditions will have improved by then and has told media it is planning to build up to 4000 supercars a year by 2015, under a new spin-off company called McLaren Automotive.

The first supercar has been in development for two years and has been photographed by Drive’s spy cameras during cold-weather testing.

It is expected to be similar in size to Ferrari’s F430, with 1000 built in 2011 – considerably more than the 100 McLaren F1s made between 1993 and 1998.

McLaren is seeking new investors for its supercar program, after announcing previously it would end at the end of 2009 its SLR road-car co-operation with majority shareholder and F1 engine partner Mercedes-Benz.

McLaren Automotive will be led by Ron Dennis, who has stepped down from running the F1 team having steered the marque to multiple world championships since 1980.

The company opened a stunning new technical centre in 2004 to incorporate both its F1 and supercar programs, though an additional new factory is also planned for what is believed will be a three-model range.

The original McLaren F1 was powered by a BMW V12 engine and was the world’s fastest product car between 1998 and 2005, before it was dethroned by the Bugatti Veyron.


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right hooker too, if it looks fat, could be tempted to get one in credit crunch colour.  :waah:

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right hooker too, if it looks fat, could be tempted to get one in credit crunch colour.  :waah:

So is that red in keeping with accounting terms, or grey/black for mood?

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