Every song associated with McLaren’s Solus GT track car is crazy. It has a 5.2 liter V-10 that revs up to 10,000 rpm and nearly 830 horsepower. He weighs 2205 pounds. but can produce 2645 lbs of downforce. It has one chair. The goal is to reach 60 in 2.5 seconds or less. And McLaren Special Operations will only build 25, and they will all be sold, probably for a multi-million dollar price tag.
This isn’t McLaren’s first hypercar, but it has to be the most extreme. It is a true-to-life 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, is a lot like madness.
The drivetrain is especially interesting. 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 for the Artura. This new car uses a 5.2 liter V-10 which McLaren says is unique. It revs to 10,000 rpm and has 829 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It has no straps or chains. Everything is gear driven. The engine is mated to a seven-speed straight-speed sequential gearbox with a carbon fiber clutch. McLaren says the engine and gearbox are from motorsport, with the gearbox originally intended for LMP race cars. The engine and gearbox are both loaded parts 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, such as a halo and the roll bar. It even has carbon crash structures, like in Formula 1. The suspension is double wishbones with front pushrod and rear pullrod torsion bars and the four-way dampers are manually adjustable.
That is combined with the bodywork, which will produce more downforce than the weight of the car. The first Solus owner to attempt to turn his car upside down at high speed is considered a hero. It has a fixed rear wing which is responsible for a lot of grip, and the design of this already virtual car is optimized for the real world in, you guessed it, the virtual world.
It’s full of crazy details, like sidepods with radiators in them and shrouds to make the air work around the double wishbone suspension. There are ground effect tunnels. Yes, this is a car that normal people – well, normal – can buy and then drive and it has ground effects. There is a huge front splitter and the air also goes out through a huge diffuser.
Above the canopy is an air inlet so you can get all that wonderful induction sound. That canopy also hides the cockpit. The whole thing is molded around the driver, as you would expect with a seat and design all done to the owner’s specifications. The pedals can be adjusted, but the seat is fixed. There’s a six-point racing harness and the owner even gets a custom helmet and a HANS device to keep them safe at the certainly ridiculous speeds this thing can reach.
Unlike other McLarens, the steering wheel does have buttons. In fact, almost every button is on the steering wheel, a necessity because the track car needs your utmost attention and you can’t adjust everything at 200 mph.
This is really wild, the kind of car that kids scribble on napkins when they’re in fifth grade, but adults would tell them that for some reason it could never exist. McLaren took that doodle and put it in a video game, and then some crazy people in Woking decided to make it real. What a thing.
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