Real McLaren F1 successor will bear the IGM badge

When McLaren released the P1, many were disappointed to see it did not have a central driving seat. That it was a hybrid. And that it did not look even a bit with its predecessor, the amazing McLaren F1. Perhaps what a true successor needed what the touch of the man that conceived the first one, as the new IGM hipercar, announced by Gordon Murray last Friday (November 3), allows us to believe. Compare the image above, of the future hipercar, with a side picture of the McLaren F1.

Did you notice how many similarities they present? Even the roof scoop is there, although it seems to be more prominent in the new hipercar. The new car will wear the IGM badge, which stands for Ian Gordon Murray, the full name of the famous designer. It was used by Murray’s first car, the T.1 IGM Ford Special, created in 1967.

The new IGM hipercar will be created to fulfill “contemporary driving conditions, and will incorporate some of the most advanced aerodynamics yet seen on a road car”. One of the main features we have already been informed about is the new iStream superlight building system. Instead of steel, it uses high-strength aluminium sections, what can make the structure up to 50% lighter. This is the main promise for the new IGM hipercar: to bring back the light weight and driving pleasure philosophy that was once the mantra of all main car builders. Well, now we have one more around. And it is only owned and run by the man that created the McLaren F1. Expect great things from it. We do.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.