British luxury automotive manufacturer, McLaren Automotive, has started testing its new $3.6 million Solus GT Hypercar, set to be released in 2023.
The Solus GT will be a 25-unit limited-edition hypercar.
The exterior photos of the Solus GT show a single-seat vehicle with a centrally closed cockpit and a sliding canopy in the style of a jet.
According to McLaren, every line on the McLaren Solus GT is based on aerodynamic principles refined through Computational Fluid Dynamics and extensive wind tunnel testing.
These aerodynamic features help the vehicle’s V10 engine technology produce 840 horsepower and a 0-62 mph time of 2.5 seconds.
If you thought this McLaren looked like something out of a video game, you’d be correct.
The concept of the Solus GT is based on the McLaren Ultimate Vision concept car, which made its debut in 2017’s Gran Turismo 4 video game.
Gran Turismo is a racing computation video game franchise that has released eight titles since its debut in 1997.
Gran Turismo’s ability to create fictional hypercars that players can experience on a track contributes to the game’s entertainment value.
Alexander Alexiev created the McLaren Ultimate Vision for Gran Turismo.
In a Gran Turismo interview, Alexiev discussed his creation, saying, “McLaren Vision GT is a visceral experience. It puts you at the forefront of the vehicle. You really get the sensation of speed and the dynamic nature of what McLaren is.”
“We then begin to look at volumes in 3D development, and that’s where the VR [virtual reality] came in, Alexiev added.”
McLaren CEO, Michael Leiters, also revealed that the physical
McLaren Vision GT [Solus GT] is a track-only vehicle that will be illegal to drive on public roads.
“The Solus GT is the realization of a radical McLaren concept vehicle originally created only for the world of virtual racing…it epitomizes the art of the possible, he stated.”