The McLaren LM5 is a concept created by Matt Williams,
a graduate of Coventry University's Transportation Design
degree program. The LM5 was produced as his final year
The LM5 was designed as a vehicle which could rekindle
the drama and sophistication of the legendary McLaren
F1. And while McLaren have since revealed the MP4-12C
supercar, it's not exactly in the same league as the technological
tour-de-force which was the original F1.
The styling of the F1 was primarily dictated by function.
However it also retained a unique sense of character and
presence. Williams thought it would be interesting to
develop the brand identity of McLaren - but more specifically
the F1 model - and bring it into the 21st Century. And
while the LM5 concept was designed to offer a similar
personality and overall stance to the F1, it was also
designed to utilize more extreme and race-influenced bodywork.
The McLaren LM5 concept features the same three-seat layout
with a central drivers seat as the old F1. All three sports
seats have an extremely slim profile to reduce weight
and free up interior space, and instead of conventional
safety belts all the seats feature racing-style four-point
harnesses. The multifunction steering wheel features a
central display for the tachometer.
The proposed engine for the McLaren LM5 concept is a worked
over 5.0 litre V10 sourced from BMW. Mounted midship in
fibre pre-preg chassis this unit would make the LM5
a force to be reckoned with on both road and track.
While the LM5 is at the moment just one man's idea of
what the F1's successor could look like, the design itself
uses both past and present McLaren influences giving it
a sense of realism. And It's important to remember that
McLaren themselves have made it public knowledge that
they're working on developing a successor to their most
iconic car within the next couple of years.
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