The McLaren Solus GT was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week as a collaboration between McLaren and Mercedes-AMG, with both companies developing the new model together.
“The McLaren Solus GT is our most extreme track day special of all time,” said Mike Flewitt, Technical Director of McLaren Automotive. “It combines the best of both worlds – a race-bred chassis with an aggressive body kit and wild aerodynamics.”
The new Solus GT is powered by a 675 horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that propels it from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. And while it’s not quite as fast as the McLaren 720S that was released last year, this one is still speedy enough to hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach 186 mph on its way to a top speed of 217 mph.
The McLaren Solus GT features a carbon fiber chassis that weighs just 295 kg (661 lbs) and a body that weighs just 129 kg (285 lbs). The engine is an electric powertrain composed of two motors: one mounted frontally, and one mounted rearwardly. The car boasts a 2.0-liter displacement, producing an incredible 1,010 hp per liter!
If you’re looking for the ultimate track-only machine, look no further than the Solus. This single-seat, track-only machine, has a single-seat jet fighter cockpit but no doors. In place of doors, the car has a windshield along with a canopy slide to let the driver climb in the car. As with the VGT, the car has front wheels that extend to the strut suspension, which are also covered by pods with carbon aero touches sticking out.
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The naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V10 revving over 10,000 rpm is “unique,” says McLaren. It has an extensive air intake and exhaust system that are all bespoke.” The crank is made from lightweight alloy, with each cylinder having its individual barrel throttle along with the camshafts, as well as ancillary systems that are gear-driven to take the traditional belts and chains out of the equation.
The new Solus is a force to be reckoned with. With its 830 hp, 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque, and a top speed of over 200 mph (322 km/h), this car is going to blow your mind.
But don’t write this off as just another high-end luxury car: The Solus is also built for driving enthusiasts who want something different from what’s out there today. It’s not just about going fast; it’s about doing it with style and grace while giving you access to everything from heated seats and three-zone climate control.
McLaren is getting in on the new wave of hyper-luxury vehicles, and they’re doing it right. They’re making 25 of these things, all of which are being sold for multi-million-dollar prices before the car even gets announced.
It Feels Like a Formula 1 Car
Step into the single-seat interior of the Solus GT and find yourself in a world of perfection. The open canopy is just the beginning as you step into a Formula 1-inspired driving position. You’ll be able to see out over the track’s curving glass bubble, where you’ll be able to enjoy a perfect view of your surroundings.
But that’s not all: this car was designed from the ground up to be race-ready, and it shows. Beyond the race car-inspired steering wheel, there is a panoramic 180-degree view of the track. Perfected by its central driving position. The sculpted wheel pods help you position Solus GT with pinpoint accuracy.
Features of the all New McLarer’s Solut GT
The McLaren is a car that can take you anywhere, and Solus GT is no exception. The super-light, rigid carbon-fiber monocoque has been at the heart of every McLaren since 1981—and it’s the same in Solus GT.
The car also features specialist low-volume manufactured methods, consisting of a carbon ‘prepreg’ process for maximum strength, absolute lightweight, and the highest uniformity of finish.
It’s how they achieve race-winning, thrilling cars for track and road.
CARBON FIBER TO THE CORE
The carbon fiber monocoque is shaped with F1-grade technology and optimized aerodynamics to deliver a responsive ride, while the front and rear impact structures are made from carbon fiber to ensure that your GT stays stable in any situation.
Solus GT is made from carbon fiber and 3D-printed titanium, but it’s the halo cockpit protection system and roll hoop that make this car stand out from the crowd. This advanced technique allows for precision-tailored design but also reduces weight.
IN PURSUIT OF THE LIGHT
The answer lies in our commitment to extreme performance but also in our desire to create a car that is more than just a means of transportation – but also an expression of ourselves. A car that reflects us as individuals, and yet one that gives us the freedom to travel the world without having to limit ourselves by our physical strength or endurance.
The Design Is What Sets It Apart from the Rest of the McLaren
The V-10 has a lot of technology packed into its tiny form. The carbon monocoque with the 3D printed titanium components, like the halo and rollbar, make it possible to create a lightweight car that can be pushed around by its carbon crash structures, like in Formula One. The suspension uses double wishbones with front and rear pushrod torsion bars and four-way dampers, which can be adjusted manually.
The Solus is a virtual car that will be available for purchase starting in 2020.
The car comes with a rear wing that offers a lot of grips, along with the design of a virtual car that was optimized for the real world.
That’s conjoined with the body and will also produce maximum downforce than the actual weight of the car.
The Solus is a highly customizable vehicle with a lot of great options. There are seedpods that have radiators in them. The shrouds work the air around the double-wishbone suspension.
The intakes on the top of the canopy ensure that you get all the wonderful induction noise from the engine. The canopy also hides the cockpit, which is designed specifically for the driver. The entire car is molded around the driver’s seat so that everything is customized to their specifications. The pedals are adjustable, but the seat is fixed. There’s a six-point race harness to keep the driver safe, and they even get a bespoke helmet and HANS device. This car can achieve some seriously high speeds!
Unlike other McLarens, the steering wheel features buttons on it. The buttons on the steering wheel help you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel so you can focus on driving.
This is an incredible feat – the sort of car that kids draw on napkins during recess but are quickly told by adults that it’s impossible for one reason or another. McLaren not only brought this doodle to life but created it in a video game, and then some passionate people in Woking decided to make it a reality. What a remarkable accomplishment.