The McLaren Solus GT shall be inbuilt simply 25 models – all offered out earlier than public reveal.
At lower than 1,000kg in weight and with aerodynamic efficiency together with downforce in extra of 1,200kg, the Solus GT – which is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine – is able to the quickest lap occasions of any McLaren outdoors of single-seater racing and delivers a driving expertise near the engagement and sensation of driving a System 1 automobile.
From the official Press Launch:
The outside design, which is remarkably devoted to its digital inspiration, relies on confirmed aerodynamic rules and McLaren’s ‘all the pieces for a purpose’ design ethos, honed by further CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and wind-tunnel aerodynamic analysis.
Among the many distinctive exterior options is the sliding cover above the only, central seat. The wheels are shrouded in aerodynamic pods and positioned by suspension arms. A big entrance splitter feeds air into ground-effect tunnels earlier than it exits the automobile through a full diffuser.
A motorsport-inspired consumption above the cockpit built-in into the design of the roll hoop cowl feeds chilly air into the engine, whereas additionally offering an interesting induction sound. Race automobile design additionally impressed the sidepods which home the Solus GT’s radiators.
A twin-element, fastened rear wing is essential to a downforce determine that exceeds the general weight of the automobile. The downforce to tug ratio can also be optimised, aiding straight-line efficiency in addition to enhancing cornering skills.
The Solus GT expertise begins even earlier than the engine is began, with the motive force opening the distinctive cockpit cover that slides ahead by way of a shallow arc to permit entry. That is nothing like a standard automobile door, and even the signature dihedral doorways of different McLaren automobiles, somewhat extra like stepping right into a jet fighter aircraft.
The technique of moving into the automobile provides to the sense of event offered by the only seat that dominates an inside targeted solely on the motive force and efficiency. The seat place is fastened – the 25 Solus GT house owners expertise their very own motorsport-style ‘seat becoming’ – with the pedal field adjustable as in a race automobile, though with the comfort of a distant system operated from the seating place.
The steering wheel – the design of which is exclusive amongst McLaren manufacturing automobiles – takes its inspiration from System 1, with sprint show and important controls built-in to swimsuit the tight confines of a single-seater observe automobile. Past the steering wheel is a view by way of the glass ‘bubble’, with built-in halo-style cockpit safety – mounted to which is a rear-view show fed by a wide-angle digital camera positioned inside the roll hoop. The peerlessly symmetrical 180-degree line of sight offered by the central driving place is additional aided by the dramatically styled wheel pods in serving to the motive force to place the automobile on a observe.
To additional improve the exhilaration for Solus GT clients, McLaren is providing a full ‘racing driver expertise’. This features a driving seat moulded to the motive force’s particular person physique form; an FIA-homologated race swimsuit, helmet and HANS gadget bespoke to every proprietor, and radio-enabled ear inserts. A full driver-development teaching programme may also be obtainable to assist clients totally exploit the potential of their new observe hypercar.
The Solus GT is powered by a novel 5.2-litre V10, constructed utilizing low-volume, machined parts, that revs to greater than 10,000rpm and delivers excessive efficiency and thrilling driver engagement. The engine’s responsiveness is enhanced by means of barrel-driven throttles for every cylinder – a system solely appropriate for observe software – and is totally gear-driven, with no chains or belts for camshaft or ancillary programs.
Along with having energy and torque outputs in extra respectively of 840PS and 650Nm, the engine was additionally chosen for its structural qualities; for the primary time in a McLaren manufacturing automobile, the engine is an integral a part of the chassis. Standard follow in race automobile development, this design method optimises weight discount by negating the necessity for added chassis constructions or subframes behind the carbon fibre monocoque.
The race-derived seven-speed sequential gearbox, which incorporates a bespoke casting and casing – the latter manufactured from aluminium with magnesium panels – is mounted to the again of the engine with the rear suspension fastened to the gearbox casing. Internally, straight-cut gears engaged through a multi-plate carbon fibre clutch are ideally suited to the aggressive shifts demanded in a observe software. The system is totally automated and software program managed, eradicating the necessity for the motive force to function the clutch, aiding pit-lane pull-away.
In widespread with each McLaren since 1981, the Solus GT relies round a carbon-fibre monocoque, on this case one created utilizing specialist low-volume manufacturing strategies together with a carbon ‘pre-preg’ course of for larger structural energy and a excessive uniformity of end to the fabric. The entrance and rear chassis constructions are additionally created from carbon fibre, with the engine and gearbox forming the remainder of the chassis.
Carbon fibre shouldn’t be the one high-value materials within the Solus GT. Additional embracing applied sciences used within the high tiers of motorsport, 3D-printed titanium parts have been used for the halo cockpit safety construction and roll hoop. That is the primary time the method has been adopted for structural components in a McLaren manufacturing automobile, permitting a tailor-made design as effectively decreasing weight.
The suspension system incorporates double wishbones with inboard torsion bar damping, operated through pushrods on the entrance and pullrods on the rear. Each axles are linked by anti-roll bars, with tuning choices obtainable to the motive force. Fabricated from metal for enhanced sturdiness, the entrance suspension hyperlinks are encased in aerodynamic carbon fibre shrouds much like the method in System 1.
Housed inside the distinctive wheel pods are 18-inch solid aluminium wheels with centre locking nuts, shod with Le Mans Prototype-specification tyres obtainable in each slick and moist compounds. Braking is offered by 6-piston monobloc machined aluminium calipers and carbon brake discs and pads. Bias between the entrance and rear brakes will be adjusted within the cockpit by the motive force.
Conventional efficiency metrics should not as related for a observe automobile, however with a goal time of two.5 seconds for 0-100km/h acceleration and a most pace of greater than 200mph – together with the automobile’s gentle weight and powerful aerodynamic skills – the McLaren Solus GT has the efficiency credentials wanted for an excessive observe machine.
In incorporating each ingredient that has made McLaren a world-beating automotive power, the Solus GT can also be a showcase for the craftmanship obtainable to McLaren clients from McLaren Particular Operations (MSO). With a challenge resembling this, the MSO service goes past the automobile itself to a degree of luxurious buyer engagement and accessibility distinctive to McLaren. A bespoking course of ensures each Solus GT is exclusive and common updates on the event programme, together with entry to prototype drive classes that may affect the driving traits of the automobile forward of manufacturing, are supplied.
Solus GT observe occasions are deliberate, and all automobiles shall be delivered with a flight case to permit house owners to help their very own observe actions. This features a complete set of instruments, automobile jacks, stands, radio units and a coolant pre-heater.
The McLaren Solus GT is presently on the track-testing stage of its improvement course of. The primary of 25 buyer automobiles – all of that are offered – shall be delivered in 2023.