Photo credit: Toby Wales and Jordan Butters via Goodwood
Weighing just 2,205-pounds, the limited edition McLaren Solus GT is a track-ready supercar that made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week. Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 5.2L V10 engine making 829 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed sequential gearbox, enabling it to hit 62 mph in 2.5-seconds.
Why is it so light? Its chassis is made from a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque that incorporates numerous designs from F1 vehicles, complete with 3D-printed titanium components used in the halo protecting the cockpit and roll bar. To keep the supercar planed on the ground, it uses a double wishbone suspension with pushrod torsion bars at the front and pull-rod torsion bars at the rear, along with four-way manually adjustable dampers. McLaren is only making 25-units and all will come with a custom molded seat, FIA-homologated race suit, helmet and a besoke HANS (head and neck support device).
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So it should come as no surprise that when it hit the Hill at the 2023 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard half the crowd were slack-jawed, the other wondering what the point was,” said Ethan Jupp, Editor at Goodwood Road & Racing.