McLaren is set to honor its founder, Bruce McLaren, at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed, commemorating his visionary spirit and the remarkable moments spanning six decades since the establishment of McLaren in 1963. The celebration will include McLaren’s historic achievement of winning motorsport’s unofficial ‘Triple Crown,’ comprising triumphs at the Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and Le Mans 24 Hours. Moreover, McLaren Automotive will look towards the future by unveiling two new models during exhilarating runs on the Goodwood Hillclimb, alongside a display of other iconic cars.
Taking the spotlight at this year’s Festival will be the new 750S V8-powered supercar, which headlines McLaren Automotive’s presence. Joining it is the groundbreaking Solus GT, a single-seat, closed-cockpit car that has the potential to revolutionize the industry. Additionally, the Artura, McLaren’s high-performance hybrid V6 supercar, will be showcased, emphasizing the brand’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.
The 750S boasts a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine generating 750PS of power and 800Nm of torque. Incorporating lightweight elements, it achieves an impressive power-to-weight ratio of up to 587PS-per-tonne, surpassing its closest competitor by 22PS-per-tonne. With enhanced power and reduced weight (30kg DIN) compared to its predecessor, the 720S, the new 750S achieves 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h in 7.2 seconds. Weighing as little as 1,277kg in its lightest dry weight configuration, the 750S is a remarkable 193kg lighter than its closest competitor. Its exceptional performance is further elevated by the new iteration of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control linked-hydraulic suspension, known as PCC III.
Making the leap from the virtual world to reality, the Solus GT is a track-only version of a futuristic concept featured in the Gran Turismo SPORT video game. Limited to only 25 customer cars, all of which have already been sold, the Solus GT is equipped with a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that revs beyond 10,000rpm and is paired with a bespoke seven-speed sequential transmission. Delivering 840PS of power and 650Nm of torque, this lightweight car weighs less than 1,000kg, enabling astonishing performance with a targeted 0-100km/h time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed exceeding 200mph. Its aerodynamic package, developed through wind-tunnel research and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), generates over 1,200kg of downforce, solidifying the Solus GT’s track prowess.
In addition to conquering the challenging Goodwood Hillclimb, the first production model of the Solus GT will be on display at McLaren House, the brand’s designated venue for the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed. This location serves as a hub for fans eager to explore McLaren’s illustrious racing and automotive heritage. Collaborating as a technical supply partner, KW Special Projects (KWSP), a high-performance engineering company based in Silverstone, assists McLaren engineers in supporting exclusive vehicle projects for road, track, and exhibition purposes.
McLaren models, both past and present, will participate in the Supercar and Manufacturer batches during the event. The Artura, McLaren’s first V6 hybrid supercar, will make its presence felt alongside the P1™ hypercar, commemorating its tenth anniversary in 2023. Ultimate Series models such as the McLaren Senna and Elva will powerfully ascend the hill, while the very first production 12C, known as Job #1, will also be in attendance.
Throughout the four-day festival, a special segment called ‘McLaren Moment’ will showcase some of McLaren’s most iconic racing machines in a captivating moving motor show on the Hillclimb. The lineup will feature notable appearances, including Mika Häkkinen driving the MP4/14 that led him to victory in the 1999 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship, Bruno Senna piloting his uncle Ayrton Senna’s championship-winning MP4/6 from 1991, and JJ Lehto, McLaren’s Le Mans 24 Hour race winner, behind the wheel of Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 MP4/23, which secured the F1 Championship.
Spectators will also have the opportunity to witness McLaren Customer Racing’s remarkable cars, including the 12C GT3, 650S GT3, 570S GT4, 720S GT3 X (winner of the 2021 timed shootout driven by Rob Bell), GT3 Evo, and the newly introduced Artura Trophy race car.
“This year marks the 60th anniversary of McLaren’s founding, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the perfect event to celebrate six decades of exhilarating performance. Alongside our iconic cars from the past, we will showcase our current model range and introduce two new models, solidifying the foundation for a new era of McLaren’s performance in the future.”— Michael Leiters, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive