Watch: the McLaren Solus GT, a £2.75m V10 Gran Turismo hypercar made real | Top Gear
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Watch: the McLaren Solus GT, a £2.75m V10 Gran Turismo hypercar made real

Sounds like an old F1 car, goes like stink: meet McLaren's real-life videogame

Published: 31 Aug 2022
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The Solus GT is the first Vision Gran Turismo car to become a reality. McLaren will build 25 of them, priced at over £2.5 million each. Considerably more than the million credits they cost in the game.

The familiar twin-turbo V8 has been ditched in favour of a naturally aspirated V10 that revs past 10,000rpm and develops 840bhp. That 5.2-litre engine (it’ll need to be pre-warmed for an hour before driving) is used in different configurations for LMP2, and the Solus GT’s architecture is pure racer.

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Obviously it’s not road legal. But outside of F1 it will be the fastest McLaren ever around a track, quicker than a 720S GT3X, Senna GTR or P1 GTR. All up it weighs well under 1,000kg and develops 1,200kg of downforce. There’s no active aero, just a socking great wing, front splitter and huge underbody tunnels.

Top Gear magazine’s Ollie Marriage gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look and tells us all we need to know.

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