The McLaren has gone up against the Bugatti Veyron before, during an episode of Top Gear. The 627 horsepower McLaren F1 lined up against the 1,001 horsepower Veyron, and while its light frame pulled off the line slightly quicker, the final result of the quarter mile proved Bugatti the clear winner.
On March 31st, 1998, The McLaren F1 became the fastest road car in the world, at 240 mph. Since then, the Bugatti Veyron has set the new benchmark at 268 mph. Fueled by the desire to regain their domination, the McLaren team has been busy crunching numbers and schematics in the hopes of recreating the perfect balance between minimal weight and non-asperated horsepower. All this effort has accumulated into their newest halo car, the Mega Mac.
The BMW sourced 6.1-liter powerplant (627 horsepower) which powered past F1′s, will now be replaced by a 5.0-liter V-8, producing around 799 horsepower and 599 lb-ft of torque. This new found grunt combined with the McLaren’s lightweight carbon fiber chassis, hydraulic anti-roll/adaptive dampers, 5-stage traction control, and improved aerodynamics, should put it in the neighborhood of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, 0-100 in 5.5 seconds, and 0-200 in 20 seconds (the Bugatti hits 200 is 22 seconds).
According to the British magazine, Autocar, the Mega Mac will resemble the past F1 and current MP4-12, but will be “bigger, angrier, and more functional”. Its specs will include a Graziano 7-speed dual clutch transmission, Brembo (carbon ceramic) brakes, rear air brakes, and an active rear and front spoiler (deployed on demand). Autocar estimates only 500 of these production models will make it into existence in 2014 at roughly $650,000 US.
Rest assured, the Bugatti Veyron will not be lying around occupying itself with Oprah re-runs for the next two years, so we should be looking at one hell of a rematch.
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