McLaren Solus GT

Every single number associated with McLaren's Solus GT track car is nuts. 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 one seat. The aim is for it to get to 60 in 2.5 seconds or less. And McLaren Special Operations will only build 25, and they're all sold, likely 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's a real-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 what it's like seems a lot like insanity.

The powertrain is of particular interest. McLaren has long used a 3.8 or 4.0 liter turbocharged V-8 in its wildest cars, and just introduced a hybridized V-6 for 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 linked to a seven-speed sequential gearbox with straight-cut gears and a carbon fiber clutch. McLaren says that the engine and gearbox are motorsport-derived, with the gearbox originally intended for LMP race cars. The engine and gearbox are both stressed members of the chassis.

Curb weight:                                1000 kg (2205 lbs)

Torque:                                         650 Nm (479 lb-ft)

Transmission:                               7 speed sequential gear box

Layout:                                         middle engine, rear wheel drive


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