• The McLaren Solus GT is a new limited-edition track car that takes design inspiration from the 2017 Vision GT car built for Grand Tourism video game series.
  • At the center is a Judd Power-developed 5.2-liter V-10 that produces more than 829 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque and revs to more than 10,000 rpm.
  • McLaren predicts a top speed of more than 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time of under 2.5 seconds, and only 25 units will be built.

    Since 2013, automakers have been creating dramatic, amazing racing cars for Grand Tourism a series of video games under “Vision Gran Turismoยป banner. These fantastic vehicles are created to exist solely in the virtual world, allowing designers to go beyond budget constraints and real-world production processes. 2017 McLaren entry Ultimate Vision Gran Turismowas one of its most striking concepts, and now McLaren is turning that virtual racing car into reality with the Solus GT, a V-10 single-seater track car.

    The design of the Solus GT remains quite similar to that of the Vision GT, with bodywork reminiscent of top-class racing cars. Access to the single seat is provided by a theatrically sliding cupola, while styling is largely dictated by aerodynamics. The Solus is glued to the tarmac thanks to ground-effect tunnels that run the length of the car, fed by air vents behind the large front splitter and ejecting air from the rear of the car through a cavernous rear diffuser. A fixed rear wing also helps the Solus follow the track, while the front suspension and wheels are wrapped in aerodynamic packages to improve airflow. McLaren says the Solus can generate more than 2,635 pounds of downforce, while the entire car is said to weigh less than 2,205 pounds, thanks to its carbon fiber monocoque and front and rear chassis structures.

    Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces more than 829 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque at 10,000 rpm. McLaren is aiming for the Solus to hit a top speed of over 200mph and sprint to 60mph in under 2.5 seconds. This V-10 engine is unusual for the company, which has used some form of twin-turbocharged V-8 in every modern road car it’s made, except for the recently introduced V-6 engine Arthur. Development assistance was provided by engine specialists Judd Power, who built Formula 1 engines in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The V-10 draws air through an air intake mounted on the top of the cab, and the cut-out side panels house large radiators that help cool the 5.2-liter unit. McLaren also says the engine’s responsiveness is enhanced by the V-10’s individual throttle bodies.

    The beastly engine is mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox with direct gears and a carbon fiber multi-plate clutch. The engine is also integrated into the chassis, eliminating the need for additional subframes and reducing weight. The wishbone suspension has internal torsion shocks using pushrods at the front and trailing arms at the rear. Anti-roll bars on each axle can be adjusted by the driver, and the Solus rides on 18-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in slick Le Mans tires (a wet-weather compound will also be available). Stopping power is provided by six-piston monobloc aluminum calipers and carbon brake discs and pads, with brake bias also adjustable by the driver.

    The cockpit is simple, with a yoke-style steering wheel that looks like something from Land Norris’ F1 car. Each customer will have a seat set-up like a professional rider and the pedal unit will be adjusted via a remote system controlled from the stationary seat. McLaren says there’s a halo-style cockpit guard that’s 3D-printed from titanium and likely takes inspiration from the halo device used by F1 since 2018 to prevent head injuries.

    Along with the seat kit, owners get an FIA-approved racing suit, helmet, HANS headrest and earplugs with radios, as well as access to a driver development training program. McLaren plans to host track events for Solus owners, and each car will come with a flight case including tools, jacks, radios and more so owners can attend track days on their own.

    McLaren claims the Solus will deliver the fastest lap times of any McLaren other than their single-seater racing cars. Deliveries will begin in 2023, with the Solus still undergoing track testing. No word on pricing, but the Solus GT will be limited to 25 units, and of course, they’re all sold out.

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