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McLaren’s latest track toy has a 5.2-liter V-10 and 829 HP

  • The McLaren Solus GT is a new limited-edition track car, taking inspiration from the 2017 Vision GT car created for the Gran Turismo series of video games.
  • The centerpiece is a 5.2-liter V-10 developed with help from Judd Power, producing over 829 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque and revving to over 10,000 rpm.
  • McLaren is predicting a top speed of over 200mph and a sprint time of under 2.5 seconds at 60mph, and only 25 units will be built.

    Since 2013, automakers have designed dramatic and outlandish race cars for the Gran Turismo series of video games under the “Vision Gran Turismo” banner. These fantastic vehicles are designed to exist only in the virtual world, allowing designers to stretch their imaginations beyond the limits of real budgets and production processes. McLaren’s 2017 entry, the Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo, was one of the most striking concepts, and now McLaren is turning that virtual race car into a reality with the Solus GT, a V-engined single-seat track car -10.

    The design of the Solus GT remains quite similar to that of the Vision GT, with a windswept body reminiscent of high-flying endurance racing cars. Access to the single seat is granted by a theatrical sliding canopy, while styling is largely dictated by aerodynamics. The Solus is glued to the asphalt through ground-effect tunnels running the length of the car, fed by vents behind the large front splitter and spitting air out the rear of the car via a rear diffuser cavernous. A fixed rear wing also helps the Solus stick to the track, while the front suspension and wheels are wrapped in aerodynamic pods to improve airflow. McLaren says Solus can produce more than 2,635 pounds of downforce, while the whole car is said to weigh less than 2,205 pounds, thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque and front and rear chassis structures.

    Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, which will produce over 829 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque while accelerating to over 10,000 rpm. McLaren aims for the Solus to reach a top speed of over 200mph and sprint to 60mph in under 2.5 seconds. This V-10 engine is unusual for a company that has used a form of twin-turbocharged V-8 in every modern road car it has built in addition to the recently revealed V-6-powered Artura. Development assistance came from engine specialists Judd Power, who built Formula 1 engines in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The V-10 draws air through a mounted air intake atop the cockpit, and the chiseled sidepods house large radiators to help keep the 5.2-litre unit cool. McLaren also claims that engine responsiveness is enhanced by the V-10’s individual throttle bodies.

    The beastly engine is mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox with straight-cut gears and a carbon fiber multi-disc clutch. The engine is also integrated into the frame, eliminating the need for additional subframes, reducing weight. The unequal-length control arm suspension features inboard torsion bar shock absorbers, using push rods up front and pull rods in the rear. Anti-roll bars on each axle can be adjusted by the driver, and the Solus rolls on 18-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Le Mans slick tires (a wet-weather compound will also be available). Stopping power is provided by six-piston monobloc aluminum calipers and carbon brake discs and pads, with brake bias also adjustable by the driver.

    The cockpit is stripped down, with a yoke-style steering wheel that resembles that of Lando Norris’ F1. Each customer will have a seat adapted in the manner of a professional racing driver, and the pedals will be adjustable via a remote system operated from the fixed seat. McLaren says there is a ‘halo-style’ cockpit guard, which is 3D-printed from titanium and is likely inspired by the ‘halo’ device used by F1 since 2018 to help prevent head injuries .

    In addition to a seat adjustment, owners receive an FIA homologated racing suit, helmet, HANS headrest and radio compatible ear inserts, as well as access to a development coaching program driving. McLaren plans to hold on-track events for Solus owners, and each car will come with a flight case – including tools, vehicle jacks, radio sets and more. – so that owners can attend track days on their own.

    McLaren claims the Solus will deliver the fastest lap times of any McLaren besides their single-seater race cars. Deliveries will begin in 2023, with the Solus still undergoing track testing. There’s no word on pricing, but production of the Solus GT will be limited to 25 units, and, of course, they’ve all sold out already.

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