The intersection of fantasy and reality
An extreme McLaren design concept born in the virtual racing world.Now made real. And ultra-rare. There will only ever be 25 Solus GTs. Rendered possible through McLaren’s position at the apex of motorsport, supercar and hypercar development – this is a pure expression of track driving focus and engagement. A single seater. With central closed cockpit and jet aircraft-style canopy. A ground-up design set free from the compromises of road and race regulations. The unique monocoque houses a naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine that revs beyond 10,000rpm and generates more than 840PS. In a ruthlessly pared down machine that weighs less than 1,000kg and generates 1,200kg of downforce. It’s as close to the experience and feel of driving a Formula 1 car as you can get.
Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
The radical exterior design of Solus GT is unswervingly faithful to its virtual inspiration. And to McLaren’s ‘everything for a reason’ design ethos. Carved by proven aerodynamic principles. Honed with Computational Fluid Dynamics [CFD] and exhaustive wind tunnel testing. The sense of fantasy transformed into reality is powerfully present in numerous features. The dramatic sliding glass canopy that arcs forward to allow access to the centrally positioned single seat. The aerodynamic pods that shroud each wheel. The epic front splitter that feeds air into ground-effect tunnels before it flows out through the rear diffuser. The motorsport-inspired intake above the cockpit feeding cool air into the engine. Solus GT blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality.
Open the graceful canopy and step into the single seat interior. Each Solus GT owner experiences a personal seat fitting. This means the driving position is spot-on and fine-tuned thanks to the adjustable pedal box. Race ready. Beyond the Formula 1 inspired steering wheel, through the curving glass bubble, is a panoramic symmetrical 180-degree view of the track. Perfected by the central driving position. The sculpted wheel pods help the driver to position Solus GT with pinpoint accuracy.
The depth of ability and the sensory overload delivered by this Formula 1-style car for enthusiasts are such that McLaren has created a total ‘racing driver experience’. It starts with the individual seat fitting, but also includes an FIA-homologated race suit, helmet and HANS [head and neck safety] device, plus radio communication technology. We make sure that every second can be savoured.
Every single McLaren since 1981 has been based around a super-light, rigid carbon-fibre monocoque. Solus GT is no exception. It’s how we achieve race- winning, thrilling cars for track and road. Solus GT uses specialist low volume production methods, including a carbon ‘pre-preg’ process that achieves massive structural strength, extreme light weight and the highest uniformity of finish.
The 5.2 litre V10 engine that powers Solus GT is unique. Its crank, capacity, air intake and exhaust system are all bespoke. There are barrel throttles for each individual cylinder – a technology that is strictly for track use and delivers razor-edge throttle response. The camshaft and ancillary systems are gear driven, so the engine is free from chains and belts. Many components are low-volume and machined. In keeping with its pure motorsport lineage, the engine is fixed directly to the monocoque – it’s a structural part of the chassis. This is an approach rarely seen in production cars, but in an extreme track racer it delivers vital strength and rigidity. And a rush of detailed feedback to the driver that means 100% engagement.
Solus GT’s wild engine is controlled using a 7-speed sequential gearbox using racing-style straight cut gears, and a carbon fibre clutch with automated software. It provides a balance of aggressive shifting and user-friendliness. The results of this bespoke, single-minded combination are a 0 – 100km/h [62mph] in a target of 2.5 seconds and a maximum speed beyond 200mph. But it’s the feel and sound and experience that will be remembered most clearly. Eclipsing even these incredible statistics.
Start the engine and a force of nature explodes into life. A racing derived 5.2 litre V10 that revs beyond 10,000rpm. Every component is designed to maximise performance. Responsiveness. Driver engagement – the feel of Formula 1
Individuality isn’t shaped by compromise. With MSO there is no compromise. This is an ultra-exclusive service born and bred to realise your McLaren – your way. Here is where one of kind vehicles take shape. One that’s defined by your vision – and a rare level of cooperation between customer and craftsmen.
1200Downforce at 150mph
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