McLaren working on ‘Mega Mac’ to compete with Bugatti Veyron

Let’s face it. As time and technology advance, the Bugatti Veryon’s attribution for being the world’s fastest production car wasn’t going to go on for much longer. To further prove this, McLaren announced that they are hard at work with a new flagship model that is “intended to eclipse every supercar to date, combining blistering performance with ultimate agility and everyday usability.”

Said to be “bigger, angrier, and more functional looking” than a McLaren MP4-12C while resembling both the latter and the original F1, the internally dubbed “Mega Mac” receives an active aerodynamic systems that can adjust the front and rear spoilers.

The inside is said to be decked out with on-board data logging and a video camera that will keep track junkies busy so they could compare data with the latest and greatest efforts from their friends.

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Mechanically, McLaren said that the new Mega Mac will have a 5.0L V8 engine good for 799-hp and 590 lb-ft of torques for a grand figure of 160-hp per liter. The engine will be mated to a Graziano seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

McLaren estimates that the Mega Mac should pass 60 in just 2.8 seconds with 100 mph coming in at 5.5 seconds, and 200 in just 20! Although 0-60 is slower than the current Veyron Super Sport, the 0-200 time should pass the Veyron’s 22 seconds.

The MegaMac will be loosely based on the current MP4-12C’s carbon fiber Monocell, retuned with aluminum pushrod suspension, hydraulic anti-roll control, adaptive dampers, and a five-stage traction control system.

Brembo carbon-ceramics are expected to be standard with Brake Steer and electronic brake force distribution. ABS will have the option to be defeated for race circuits based on the sat-nav’s location, similar to workings of the stability control system on the Nissan GTR.

Scheduled for a 2014 launch and only 500 units, the “Mega Mac” is expected to sell around £350,000 and £400,000.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoCar