McLaren will pay homage to founder Bruce McLaren at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, celebrating his bold vision and the greatest moments from the six decades since McLaren began in 1963, including McLaren’s capture of motorsport’s unofficial ‘Triple Crown’ of victories at the Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours. McLaren Automotive will also be looking to the future with global dynamic debuts of two new models on the Goodwood Hillclimb, alongside other iconic cars both running and on display.
The new 750S V8-engined supercar will headline McLaren Automotive’s presence at this year’s Festival, together with the game-changing, single-seat, closed-cockpit Solus GT. The Artura – McLaren’s high-performance hybrid V6 supercar – will also be showcased.
In the 750S, a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 developing power of 750PS and torque of 800Nm combines with new lightweight elements to deliver a power-to-weight ratio of up to 587PS-per-tonne – 22PS-per-tonne greater than its closest competitor. With more power and less weight (30kg DIN) than the 720S it replaces, the new 750S is capable of 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds. At its lightest dry weight of just 1,277kg, the 750S is a remarkable 193kg lighter than its closest competitor. Its outstanding dynamic capabilities are further unlocked by a new version of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control linked-hydraulic suspension, PCC III.
Leaping out of the virtual world and into reality, the Solus GT is track-only development of a futuristic concept featured in the Gran Turismo SPORT video game. Just 25 customer cars will be built, all of which have been sold. The Solus GT is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine that revs in excess of 10,000rpm and is mated to a bespoke seven-speed sequential transmission. The engine produces 840PS and 650Nm of torque and with the whole car weighing less than 1,000kg, performance is simply incredible, targeting 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph. Wind-tunnel research combined with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) work results in an aerodynamic package capable of developing over 1,200kg of downforce, reinforcing the extreme track ability of the Solus GT.
In addition to tackling the challenging Goodwood Hillclimb, the first Solus GT production car will also be on display at McLaren House, the brand’s home for the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed and the destination for fans wanting to explore McLaren’s rich racing and automotive heritage. Silverstone-based, high-performance engineering company KW Special Projects (KWSP), which specialises in supporting exclusive vehicle projects for road, track, and display, is working alongside McLaren engineers as a technical supply partner.