While automakers around the world are readying for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, McLaren is biding its time for what might be a very special unveiling at the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix held in May.
According to GTspirit, McLaren may introduce an all-new successor to Gordon Murray’s legendary McLaren F1 in the coming months. Under the codename McLaren P12, this halo car will utilize a tuned version of the MP4-12C’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing approximately 800-hp as well as an F1 tech derived KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), capable of an additional 120-hp. Engineers will also be working with carbon fiber and light alloys even more extensively to keep the weight of the P12 down to a feather-weight target just over 2500 lbs.
An unconventional venue for a product launch, the tax haven for the world’s wealthiest might just be the perfect place for McLaren. A 15-time winner of the Monaco GP, McLaren hopes to take advantage of the many high profile clients that will attend the race. Production for the P12 isn’t expected to begin before 2014 and is likely to demand a starting price of €750,000.