Can a Third Turbo Make Your McLaren Sports Car a P1 Killer?

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Matt Farah takes this triple-turbocharged Hypercar Developments McLaren out for an exciting spin. Is it worth the cost of entry?

This wild McLaren started life as a simple MP4-12C Spyder, but thanks to Hypercar Developments, it now makes a whopping 1,200 horsepower on race fuel, and has downforce comparable to McLaren’s monster P1 hybrid hypercar. This particular car was built as a showcase vehicle for a client intending to race it in time-attack, but Hypercar Developments can build a similar setup on a very stock-looking McLaren. Matt Farah seems to really like the thing, and that counts for something, right?

Hypercar Developments McLaren MP4-12C

It may not seem like it at first glance, but this is actually the bargain of the hypercar performance market. For example, you can purchase a McLaren 12C coupe on the used market for just over six figures, and then have a similar car to this one built on top of it, and still only be into the car for about a quarter-million. If you can bully P1s on track for a fraction of the cost, that makes it a bargain, right?

Outside of the additional turbocharger, this car has also been fitted with a roll cage, a wild active aero kit for the rear wing, and a P1-style nose to help balance the car’s aero. It only makes sense that this car would be fitted with larger and stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires because there is hardly any other tire that could handle this kind of power. Add a few motorsport-inspired touches like quick-removal bodywork, and you’ve got the makings of a really exciting car.


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