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The world of console and PC games has progressed immensely over the last few years, and when you talk about online racing things are massively competitive with OEM-backed online racing teams and leagues. There are even some eRacers that have done so well in the virtual world that they have managed to carry their virtual racing skills over into the real world and have been equally fast - even though there’s no reset button. Many games feature real cars that can be driven and campaigned but we’ve also seen a handful that started life out as a virtual creation, and just like those eRacers the cars have been recreated in reality. The McLaren Solus GT is one of these cars, and the real world is a better place for it. Using the body design from the virtual world, the McLaren team have successfully made the car real and it has the same outrageous visuals as the virtual one, which is no mean feat. The real-life version was created drawing on the company’s racing exploits and so there’s heaps of Formula 1 and other series technology packed into the Solus GT.

With the massive expense to create these cars, you can understand that the car will be produced as an exclusive numbered production run, and that number is 25. Those 25 clients, who have all reportedly already done all the financial things to ensure ownership, will be getting an amazing track-only McLaren. The Solus GT features a single-seat, closed-cockpit design with jet aircraft-style sliding canopy and a high-revving normally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 powerplant that’s been mated to a 7-speed sequential transmission. The Solus GT weighs just 1 000 kg and the aero is so good the car is capable of producing over 1 200 kg of downforce. That’s mad. This means the real car should be capable of a 0-100 km/h dash in just 2.5-seconds and a top speed over the benchmark 200 mph mark. That’s what 620 kW and 650 Nm at 10 000 rpm will do. “The McLaren Solus GT is the realisation of a radical McLaren concept vehicle originally created for the world of virtual racing. Engineered free of any restrictions from road or race regulations, but with the full spectrum of McLaren’s expertise to bring it to reality, it epitomises our pioneering spirit.” Michael Leiters, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows some of the dynamics of the amazing McLaren Solus GT while in action in the virtual world. As soon as a real-life version is tested on a track somewhere this will have to do, but we shouldn't wait long as the car is scheduled to be given to customers in 2023, and we're only weeks away from the start of the New Year: The virtually-inspired McLaren Solus GT is absolutely amazing | CWM

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