The 403km/h (250mph) hybrid hypercar, featuring a center seat layout, is being tested in the company’s closed-facilities, while road trials will begin next month.
The images show the first attribute prototype, nicknamed ‘Albert’, in honor to the name of the McLaren F1 mule ‘Albert’ but also to the Albert Drive premises in which the F1 was designed.
Albert marks the next step in the development of the fastest, most aerodynamic and most luxurious McLaren ever made, set to be delivered to the first customers in early 2020, with a production run of 106 units and a price of £1.75 million plus taxes.
The hypercar is equipped with a 1,050PS hybrid drivetrain that propels it up to 403km/h (250mph).
The central driving position and three-seat layout of the Speedtail was pioneered by the iconic McLaren F1 in 1992. This configuration is uniquely McLaren, remaining exclusive among production cars until McLaren Automotive confirmed in November 2016 that it would be reprised for the next Ultimate Series model, then codenamed BP23.
The center-seat layout of the Speedtail was first publicly demonstrated in a ‘proof of concept’ model that was simply a McLaren 720S reconfigured with a single, centrally-mounted driving seat.
Four further mules followed and these will continue to be used around the world for performance and durability testing, alongside the prototype vehicles.
Despite its test livery and the bodywork from the A-pillars forward, ‘Albert’ is fundamentally a Speedtail, with shape-representative body panels and dihedral doors around the unique carbon fibre McLaren Monocage core structure.
The production-level specification allows Speedtail attributes to be proven in real-world conditions early in the development process, including for example ingress and egress to the three-seat cockpit.