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PostHeaderIcon There’s a Special McLaren 570S Just for Valentines Day!

While most Valentine’s Day gifts usually consist of flowers, chocolates, or gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (I don’t have time, ok!), somebody in this great, big world of ours decided to go big with his present. Instead of getting one of those oversized teddy bears, this “incurable romantic” decided to commission McLaren’s MSO personalization division by building him a custom, one-off McLaren 570S Spider that’s dripping in the colors of the day: red, red, and more red.


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“The one-off McLaren 570S Spider starts off with a bang as the exterior sports a ruby shade of Vermillion Red paint finish”

The one-off McLaren 570S Spider starts off with a bang as the exterior sports a ruby shade of Vermillion Red paint finish. This specific shade comes directly from the McLaren Elite color palette, which itself comes with a splash of exclusivity. The ruby red body of the 570S Spider is matched in audacity by red brake calipers and a specific set of Michelin P Zero tires taken from the tire manufacturer’s “Color Edition” collection. Care to venture a guess why it belongs in that collection? It’s because the tires come with a matching red stripe. Fortunately — or unfortunately, depending on your preference — not every surface area of the exterior is covered in red. The roof, for example, sports a Dark Palladium gray finish while specific sections of the car received carbon fiber trim. This includes the door inserts, front splitter, back bumper, rear spoiler, and parts of the rear deck lid.

Ok, the break from all the red is over. Move to the interior and the Saint Valentine’s color returns with a vengeance. This time, MSO dressed up the 570S Spider’s cabin with a mixture of Apex Red and Jet Black Nappa leather. The steering wheel also gets the same Apex Red leather while the seat belts are Indian Red. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two, but we’ll let it slide. The dominion of red in the interior is broken up by the aforementioned Jet Black Nappa leather upholstery. MSO also added a Carbon Black Alcantara trim and sprinkled more of the lightweight stuff on the doors, center tunnel, and door sills.


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“MSO dressed up the 570S Spider’s cabin with a mixture of Apex Red and Jet Black Nappa leather”

Move to the engine and I’m happy to report that MSO didn’t paint it in red, which it probably could have if the person who commissioned it wanted to. Instead, we get the same 3.8-liter biturbo V-8 unit that the standard 570S has at its disposal. The engine is still capable of producing 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of McLaren’s seven-speed seamless shift transmission. The result is a car that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of about 196 mph. And that’s with the top down.

I suppose now is the time to once again remind you that this bloodshot McLaren 570S Spider is a one-off creation. It’s not for sale, though you can buy a stock example of the supercar for a tidy sum of $208,800. It’s a steep price to pay, but can you imagine the kind of reaction your significant other will have when she sees this car with a ribbon on the hood?

I can only hope that whoever commissioned McLaren to build this one-off 570S Spider still has enough money for dinner.

References

McLaren 570S


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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 570S Spider.


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PostHeaderIcon One-Off Vermillion Red McLaren 570S Spider for Valentine’s Day

You must have a lot of faith in your partner in love to get them a bespoke McLaren on Valentine’s Day. The person who commissioned this Vermillion Red McLaren 570S Spider seems to have that, so let’s hope it works out for him, or her, at the end of it all. In any case, this car is a great showcase of what McLaren’s bespoke department is capable of. 

The one-of-a-kind Vermillion Red McLaren 570S Spider boasts not just a unique paint work, but also McLaren Designer Sport Interior in red and black leather and extra red detailing for extra effect. To delve a bit more into details, the interior features Apex Red and Jet Black Nappa Leathers and Carbon Black Alcantara trim, plus carbon fiber components on the doors and center tunnel. The exterior features MSO side sills, red brake calipers and personalized ‘Color Edition’ P ZERO tires.

Other notable highlights include MSO Indian Red seatbelts and steering wheel with Apex Red leather trim. McLaren 570S Spider is a sweet supercar for daily use, what with a comfortable ride, ample luxury equipment including a 10-inch TFT main instrument cluster and centrally-mounted, 7-inch IRIS touchscreen and a creamy 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers a 0 to 60 time of 3.1 seconds and top speed of 204 mph. The party trick of this car is a foldable hardtop. But even with that lowered it can still do 196 mph.









 

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna to Race at Le Mans in a Couple of Years

Launched in late 2017 as a successor to the P1, the McLaren Senna is the company’s most radical road-legal car yet. Not just superior to the P1 in almost every department, it’s one of the quickest supercars on the race track. At least that’s what McLaren claims. There’s no proof of the Senna skill at the track, but all the specs, performance figures, and the extreme aerodynamics seem to point in that direction. And McLaren wants to take things up yet another notch in the near future with a racing version.

Although it has yet to confirm it, the British firm is most likely developing a GTR version of the Senna. It will be here once production of the regular model, limited to 500 units, comes to an end, so it will probably take until late 2019 for that to happen. Much like the P1 GTR, the Senna GTR will be a race-spec model of existing Senna clients and part of the company’s customer program with racing events around the world. But while the P1 program was halted after the GTR, the Senna will become a full-blown race car for FIA events. At least that’s the plan.

Continue reading for the full story.

It’s All Down to the Upcoming Technical Rules


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“Taking a supercar like the Senna racing is a bit of an issue right now, as most series under the FIA banner do not allow such vehicles to the track”

Taking a supercar like the Senna racing is a bit of an issue right now, as most series under the FIA banner do not allow such vehicles to the track. But this could change in the future. Recent rumors suggest that the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is planning to revert technical rules for the top class back to road-legal supercars following the demise of the LMP1 category for hybrids. This could open up the opportunity for McLaren to field a prototype-spec Senna at the iconic event.

“I certainly could conceive racing [the Senna]. I genuinely cannot confirm anything at the minute, but we are working on a plan. The way it is designed from an aerodynamic perspective, and the sheer balance of our cars, would be very, very competitive. You could never say outright that you’d go and win, but we wouldn’t go in with any other intention,”
McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt told Autocar.

Big Shoes to Fill


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“A race-spec Senna would have big shoes to fill, as it will become the spiritual successor of the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR.”

A race-spec Senna would have big shoes to fill, as it will become the spiritual successor of the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR. The innovative F1 hit the race track in 1995, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its first season. What’s more, four of the top five cars at the finish line were F1s. The GTR remained competitive in the series until 1998, getting a major upgrade in the Longtail spec. It continued to race internationally with noticeable success until 2005. In all, it won 39 races and scored 64 podiums, plus three constructors’ championships in the BPR Global GT Series and the FIA GT Championship.

Granted, it remains to be seen whether the race-spec Senna will become reality or if it will be able to win at Le Mans, but McLaren will surely put up a good fight. And no matter the result, it will probably remain one of the most radical race cars based on a road-going model.

References

McLaren Senna


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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.


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PostHeaderIcon New MSO Defined Options for McLaren Sports Series

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is not just about making one-off hypercar for the ultra-rich.They are also in charge of coming up with cool options and accessories for the moderately wealthy who can’t afford anything better than a McLaren Super or Sports Series. The latest series of MSO Defined options cover the Sports models. 

That includes 570S Coupe, Spider and 570GT which in this treatment get a number of really awesome features not available with the regular options list. The first item on the new MSO Defined is a Black Pack which replaces the standard-fit Dark Palladium grey components, including front splitter; front aero blades; side skirts and side air intakes; door inserts; rear diffuser; rear spoiler and rear bumper. The package also includes a Nano Black Exhaust Finisher which can be ordered along with the new Titanium SuperSports Exhaust.

That exhaust system is another highlight of the MSO Defined package. Available for the 570S Coupe, 570GT and 570S Spider, the Titanium SuperSports Exhaus results in a crisper, sportier noise, and it is also 11lbs (5kg) lighter than the standard unit. It is a little expensive at $5,460, but McLaren states with scientific precision that it is 5dB louder than the standard Sports Series system above 5,000 rpm!



Last but not least, you can order the MSO Defined Extended Carbon Fibre Sill Covers, and this one is available for all the models in the Sport Series range: 540C and 570S Coupe, 570GT and 570S Spider. These sills come with  McLaren Branding in satin finish Visual Carbon Fibre. If you are the kind of person who likes such little details, maybe you want to also go for the MSO Defined Ignition Keys, painted in either Black or McLaren Orange.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren MSO X

Launched in 2015, the McLaren Sports Series is the automaker’s most affordable lineup yet and already includes a handful of different variations. There’s the entry-level 540C, the more powerful 570S, the comfort-oriented 570GT, and even a spyder version. In 2016, McLaren also launched two race-spec variants, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. Come 2018 and the British firmed introduced yet another version of the highly acclaimed sports car. But unlike its predecessors, this one was crafted by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for the company’s largest U.S. importer. It goes by the name MSO X, and it’s essentially a road-legal 570S GT4.

Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project by McLaren Newport Beach, the MSO X was designed to emulate the look and feel of the GT4 race car, but retain a fully road-legal status and some convenience features. It was unveiled at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas in late January, where all ten units were handed over to their customers. Yup, if you thought that the regular 570S was rare, the MSO X is a car you might not even see on public roads unless you attend McLaren meetings or certain open track days.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren MSO X.

What makes the McLaren MSO X Special

  • Almost identical to 570S GT4
  • Race-inspired features
  • Exposed carbon exterior
  • Bespoke features
  • Unique rear wing
  • Exposed carbon chassis
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Color-matched harness bar
  • Standard telemetry system
  • Loads of convenience features
  • Standard 3.8-liter V-8 engine
  • Limited to only 10 units
  • All sold in the U.S.

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“The really cool thing about the MSO X is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car”

The really cool thing about the MSO X (apart from its name of course) is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car. You have to look really close to spot the differences, as there aren’t too many to talk about. Even the livery is similar to the race car, each example wearing a race-like number (1 to 10) on the doors.

Up front, we can see a similar bumper section with a big diffuser and large extensions toward the sides. McLaren even mounted canards toward the wheels, and they’re only slightly smaller than the GT4’s. The bonnet is also sourced from the GT4, sporting similar air intakes that work in conjunction with the roof snorkel, which in turn is a tribute to the 1997 F1 GT-R Longtail. The latter enhances airflow. The center bumper isn’t as aggressive as the GT4 though, and the MSO X appears to sit a tad higher above the ground.


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“The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser and the big wing”

The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser (including the colored highlights) and the big wing. Sure, the wing is a bit different, the fascia has extra louvers, and the exhaust is finished in chrome, but again, you have to look really close to tell the MSO X and the race-spec 570S GT4 apart. The wing also provides 100 kg (about 220 pounds) of extra downforce compared to the standard 750S. The MSO X also uses a custom titanium exhaust and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. All cars have satin finish carbon-fiber on the entire body, including the roof, engine cover, side skirts, and the rear bumper.

The interior of the MSO X is as bespoke as they get. In order to obtain that race-ready, GT4-spec look, MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed. The lightweight material is also visible on the steering wheel, center stack, center console, and door panels. Although the seats are wrapped in Alcantara, they’re also made from carbon for weight-saving purposes. MSO also added carbon sill panels and a bespoke bulkhead that features storage space for a race helmet.


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“MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed”

Speaking of storage room, the center tunnel bin seen in the regular 570S was removed to save weight. Also, the MSO X received the 570S GT4’s raised carbon-fiber center console for race-inspired look. A color-matched harness bar for the six-point racing harnesses and the McLaren Track Telemetry system turns the road-legal vehicle into a full-blown race car for track weekends. However, the MSO X retains most of McLaren’s convenience features, including the parking sensors, rearview cameras, vehicle lift, and air conditioning.


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“Motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower”

McLaren had nothing to say about the drivetrain, so it’s safe to assume that the MSO X uses the same underpinnings as the standard 570S. In this case, motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The mill mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and helps the car charge from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. Given all the aerodynamic enhancements, the MSO X should be able to get there quicker by at least a tenth-second. Top speed likely remains unchanged at 204 mph.

The British firm didn’t say how much one of these race-ready coupes costs, but it’s safe to assume that it’s significantly more expensive than the regular 570S, priced from $184,900. Given the extreme modifications and the complex MSO Bespoke program, I’d say that owners paid close to $300,000, a sticker that makes the MSO X the most expensive Sports Series model yet. And yes, it fetches more than the 570S GT4 it is based on (priced from £159,900, or about $223,250 as of February 2018, in the U.K.).

References

McLaren 570S


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren MSO X

Launched in 2015, the McLaren Sports Series is the automaker’s most affordable lineup yet and already includes a handful of different variations. There’s the entry-level 540C, the more powerful 570S, the comfort-oriented 570GT, and even a spyder version. In 2016, McLaren also launched two race-spec variants, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. Come 2018 and the British firmed introduced yet another version of the highly acclaimed sports car. But unlike its predecessors, this one was crafted by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for the company’s largest U.S. importer. It goes by the name MSO X, and it’s essentially a road-legal 570S GT4.

Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project by McLaren Newport Beach, the MSO X was designed to emulate the look and feel of the GT4 race car, but retain a fully road-legal status and some convenience features. It was unveiled at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas in late January, where all ten units were handed over to their customers. Yup, if you thought that the regular 570S was rare, the MSO X is a car you might not even see on public roads unless you attend McLaren meetings or certain open track days.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren MSO X.

What makes the McLaren MSO X Special

  • Almost identical to 570S GT4
  • Race-inspired features
  • Exposed carbon exterior
  • Bespoke features
  • Unique rear wing
  • Exposed carbon chassis
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Color-matched harness bar
  • Standard telemetry system
  • Loads of convenience features
  • Standard 3.8-liter V-8 engine
  • Limited to only 10 units
  • All sold in the U.S.

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“The really cool thing about the MSO X is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car”

The really cool thing about the MSO X (apart from its name of course) is that it looks almost identical to the 570S GT4 race car. You have to look really close to spot the differences, as there aren’t too many to talk about. Even the livery is similar to the race car, each example wearing a race-like number (1 to 10) on the doors.

Up front, we can see a similar bumper section with a big diffuser and large extensions toward the sides. McLaren even mounted canards toward the wheels, and they’re only slightly smaller than the GT4’s. The bonnet is also sourced from the GT4, sporting similar air intakes that work in conjunction with the roof snorkel, which in turn is a tribute to the 1997 F1 GT-R Longtail. The latter enhances airflow. The center bumper isn’t as aggressive as the GT4 though, and the MSO X appears to sit a tad higher above the ground.


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“The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser and the big wing”

The rear end is surprisingly similar to the GT4, down to the menacing diffuser (including the colored highlights) and the big wing. Sure, the wing is a bit different, the fascia has extra louvers, and the exhaust is finished in chrome, but again, you have to look really close to tell the MSO X and the race-spec 570S GT4 apart. The wing also provides 100 kg (about 220 pounds) of extra downforce compared to the standard 750S. The MSO X also uses a custom titanium exhaust and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. All cars have satin finish carbon-fiber on the entire body, including the roof, engine cover, side skirts, and the rear bumper.

The interior of the MSO X is as bespoke as they get. In order to obtain that race-ready, GT4-spec look, MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed. The lightweight material is also visible on the steering wheel, center stack, center console, and door panels. Although the seats are wrapped in Alcantara, they’re also made from carbon for weight-saving purposes. MSO also added carbon sill panels and a bespoke bulkhead that features storage space for a race helmet.


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“MSO deliberately kept the carbon-fiber Monocell 2 chassis exposed”

Speaking of storage room, the center tunnel bin seen in the regular 570S was removed to save weight. Also, the MSO X received the 570S GT4’s raised carbon-fiber center console for race-inspired look. A color-matched harness bar for the six-point racing harnesses and the McLaren Track Telemetry system turns the road-legal vehicle into a full-blown race car for track weekends. However, the MSO X retains most of McLaren’s convenience features, including the parking sensors, rearview cameras, vehicle lift, and air conditioning.


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“Motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower”

McLaren had nothing to say about the drivetrain, so it’s safe to assume that the MSO X uses the same underpinnings as the standard 570S. In this case, motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The mill mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and helps the car charge from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. Given all the aerodynamic enhancements, the MSO X should be able to get there quicker by at least a tenth-second. Top speed likely remains unchanged at 204 mph.

The British firm didn’t say how much one of these race-ready coupes costs, but it’s safe to assume that it’s significantly more expensive than the regular 570S, priced from $184,900. Given the extreme modifications and the complex MSO Bespoke program, I’d say that owners paid close to $300,000, a sticker that makes the MSO X the most expensive Sports Series model yet. And yes, it fetches more than the 570S GT4 it is based on (priced from £159,900, or about $223,250 as of February 2018, in the U.K.).

References

McLaren 570S


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S.


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Read our full review on the 2017 McLaren 570S GT4.


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna – Details, Specs, Photos, Video

Before the most mental car they have ever built, McLaren Senna, celebrates its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren Automotive released full details and specs of this extraordinary hypercar. Shown herein Victory Gray, the Senna is the ultimate expression of a racing car for the streets. 

So even though it is pointless for most of us to know about its details, seeing as they are only making 500 units each of which costs £750,000 at the factory, let’s just see what sort of facts and figures this amazing machine boasts. The rather controversial design of McLaren Senna is more about function than form, as evidenced by the shape of its large and ungainly aero parts. You can however try to beauty the thing using one of the special paint jobs available, including Stealth Cosmos black, Trophy Kyanos blue, Trophy Mira orange, Vision Pure white and Vision Victory grey, or just order a bespoke color from MSO.

Performance-wise, we have in the McLaren Senna a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 with  800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590b ft). With only 1.198 kg to carry around, the engine enables the Senna to sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds; 0-200km/h (124 mph) is achieved in just 6.8 seconds and a standing quarter-mile (402m) in only 9.9 seconds. Top speed is 340km/h (211 mph) which is slower than a Lamborghini Aventador, but pretty impressive nonetheless. After all, the Senna is more about handling and lap times than straight line performance. That’s why it has active aerodynamics with active flaps and double diffuser and stuff.

The cockpit of the Senna is pretty spartan, just a sea of carbon fiber and Alcantara and the bare minimum in terms of displays and features. Even the three-spoke steering wheel, trimmed in Alcantara or leather, is free of buttons and switches to allow a pure focus on the sensory feedback it delivers. Among the main technology features of the Senna we have ProActive Chassis Control, RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II), CCM-R carbon ceramic brake discs, flat-plane crankshaft, race-inspired dry sump lubrication and lightweight connecting rods.












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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna Is Quicker than P1, Generates Incredible Downforce

When it unveiled the Senna back in December 2017, McLaren omitted some of the supercar’s performance facts. Needless to say, the Senna was downright spectacular even without those figures to run by, but McLaren just released a batch of new information that proves this supercar is as quick as it looks.


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“While many argue that the Senna isn't exactly pretty design-wise, its controversial appearance is a modern embodiment of the "form follows function" concept”

While many argue that the Senna isn’t exactly pretty design-wise, its controversial appearance is a modern embodiment of the “form follows function” concept. Radical aerodynamics rarely go hand in hand with appealing styling cues and McLaren decided to completely sacrifice the latter for the sake of performance. It might be ugly, but that carbon-fiber shell helps it generate a whopping 800 kg (almost 1,764 pounds) of downforce at 155 mph. That’s 200 kg (441 pounds) more than the McLaren P1 at the same speed.

But what about acceleration? The Senna needs 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second quicker than the P1. The sprint to 124 mph takes 6.8 clicks, a full second quicker than the awesome 720S. The quarter-mile time is equally impressive at 9.9 seconds, while stopping from 124 mph takes only 100 meters (328 feet). Top speed is rated at “only” 211 mph, six mph below the P1, but that’s a small sacrifice given the Senna’s outstanding cornering abilities.


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“The Senna needs 2.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second quicker than the P1”

According to McLaren, the Senna is unstoppable at the track when used in race mode. The revise RaceActive Chassis Control suspension not only enables the driver to brake and turn into corners later, but also hit the gas pedal earlier than in a P1. That’s due to the extra available downforce and the balanced aerodynamics.

The design language of the McLaren Senna is extremely aggressive and different from any previous McLaren – because no other road-legal McLaren has had to fulfill such an uncompromising brief,” explained Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive. ”When you see the car for the first time, you know instantly how single-minded and focused it is; to meet the performance targets we have had to go to an entirely different level from even the McLaren P1.”

It’s all true, and it looks as if Ayrton Senna himself helped design it.

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.


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PostHeaderIcon Will Semi-Autonomous Features And Hybrid Power Ruin The Pleasure Of Driving A McLaren?

The supercar segment is doing quite well these days, with expanded offerings across the board, from hardcore track killers, to everyday sports cruisers. McLaren is staying active, with plans to hybridize its lineup and add new autonomous driving features. But is it the right move for the supercar maker?

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“McLaren has plans to electrify the entirety of its core lineup, kicking off with a replacement for the 570S by 2019.”

The modern McLaren Cars company was founded in 2010, but the brand’s history stretches back further than that, with Ron Dennis founding the company in 1985 that would eventually lead up the the release of the epic McLaren F1 in the early ’90s. Now, the market is changing, and it’s changing rapidly. Increased competition, new technology demands, and heavy pressure for greater efficiency are forcing the Woking brand to change up the formula and add autonomous driving systems and hybrid powertrains, both of which will see extensive use in McLaren’s forthcoming line of supercars.

The fresh batch of vehicles is due out by 2019, kicking off with a replacement for the 570S, the mid-grade option in McLaren’s entry-level stable. After that will be a new 720S,which is expected to receive a replacement in 2022.

Indeed, McLaren has plans to electrify the entirety of its core lineup, including the upcoming BP23, which is expected to use a hybrid twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. And while V-8’s are McLaren’s specialty, hybrid and turbocharged V-6 engines will also join the lineup.


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“All told, the brand's next-gen architecture will be designed specifically for the inclusion of battery-assisted tech.”

All told, the brand’s next-gen architecture will be designed specifically for the inclusion of battery-assisted tech. “Hybrid design is part of the next platform – it is designed-in from day one rather than having to adapt an existing chassis,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO at McLaren Automotive, in an interview with Autocar. Luckily for those who loathe extra battery packs, McLaren might offer internal combustion-only special editions as well, such as in the top-rung Ultimate Series.

While the purists out there will undoubtedly deride McLaren’s decision to force hybrid tech onto its customers, it’s worth reminding those naysayers that the hugely popular P1 hypercar is proof positive that the tech can be used to maximize performance potential. While adding batteries certainly adds weight, anyone who’s actually driven the P1 will tell you – the packs don’t dull the experience one bit.

Regarding the inclusion of autonomous tech, Flewitt had this to say: “We will be selective. Autonomy in its own right isn’t that appealing to our customers, but we need to have capabilities designed in for safety, legislation and emissions.”


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“Regarding the inclusion of autonomous tech, Flewitt had this to say: “We will be selective. Autonomy in its own right isn't that appealing to our customers, but we need to have capabilities designed in for safety, legislation and emissions.””

It’s a clear acknowledgment of the changing automotive landscape, something that affects even high-end supercar-makers like McLaren. To that end, we’d expect the inclusion of adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic braking, all of which would do well to up the daily driveability of the various models.

And that makes a lot of sense, and for a number of different reasons. For example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) requires a model to include at least a few basic semi-autonomous systems before it will grant the vehicle in question with a top-shelf safety rating. Furthermore, these systems are pretty much standard equipment throughout a variety of segments, so why not supercars? Throw in the fact that McLaren is looking to branch out into the more relaxed sportscar segments (take the Super Series lineup, for example), and it kinda all falls into place.

Just offer the option to turn them off when attacking corners on the track, and what’s the problem?

Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

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Read our full review on the 2014 McLaren P1.


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PostHeaderIcon One-Off McLaren 720S MSO Raises $650,000 for Charity

Not to be outdone by American car makers who auctions their special models left and right for charity, McLaren sent a super special 720S to the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF). This one-of-a-kind McLaren 720S MSO raised the goodly sum of $650,000 for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. 

The one-off McLaren 720S MSO auctioned at the event is one of the nicest examples of the supercar created to date by McLaren Special Operations. The highlights of the car include a Nerello Red exterior paint finish (named after the Nerello Mascalese grape from the Mascali area of Castaia, Sicily); a Saddle Brown with Nerello stitching leather interior; and a custom steering wheel featuring leather and Carbon Black leather grips. And as if all that wasn’t enough to let you know you are in the presence of something unique, they have fitted it with grape motifs featured throughout the vehicle and a bespoke dedication plate.

McLaren’s partnership with the Naples Winter Wine Festival is in its second year. So far they have raised $1,130,000 for at-risk children.

“The McLaren 720S is an extraordinary vehicle – in fact demand exceeds supply, which makes it even more exciting for us to be able to offer this MSO 720S to the winning bidder, who will be able to take delivery immediately,” said Tony Joseph, President, McLaren North America. “The work done by the Naples Children & Education Foundation to help transform the lives of children is so important and we are honored to donate a vehicle to this cause.”




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PostHeaderIcon McLaren MSO X Bespoke Bunch Delivered to Customers

Ordered by McLaren Newport Beach, US market’s largest McLaren retailer, the 10 McLaren MSO X models have been delivered to their buyers in Las Vegas. Created by McLaren Special Operations unit to emulate the spirit of the 570S GT4 race car, the X bunch come with liveries inspired by McLaren F1 GTR race car of the 90s.

Now, normally it would be really uncool to have your car painted in motorsport liveries if you don’t want to use it exclusively on the race track. But in the case of the McLaren MSO X that’s alright because of the prestigious badge of the car. Granted, you still have to explain to people what those graphics on the exterior mean and by which legendary endurance racer they are inspired. But the buyers of the X are going to get plenty of admiring nods from car geeks on the street.

Besides the racing look, McLaren MSO X models also get a GT4-based get a pylon-mounted rear wing with nearly 100kg of extra downforce, functional ‘goose neck’ carbon fibre roof snorkel borrowed from the F1 LongTail, front dive planes, an MSO Titanium Super Sports Exhaust, Pirelli P ZERO CORSA tyres and a 570S GT4-style bonnet with specially constructed air intake. Another highlight of the X is satin finish carbon fibre across the entire bodywork, including roof, bonnet, side skirts and engine cover. A cool new rear bumper is the icing on the cake. These models are fully road-legal.









“The MSO X collection is the perfect example of the rich vein of bespoke service offered by McLaren Special Operations. Customers come to us with their thoughts and ideas and MSO works with them to set boundaries within which they can then let their imaginations run wild.  What could be better than a McLaren buyer playing the role of ‘race engineer’ in briefing the MSO team and directing them to test and validate those ideas to create a race-bred road car such as this?” Jolyon Nash, McLaren Automotive Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Unleashes the Senna to Christen New Tech Center

Now that the Detroit Auto Show is safely in our rearview mirrors, we can now go back to our regularly scheduled programming. To mark our return to the real world, McLaren threw itself a little housewarming party after the opening of its Carbon Composites Technology Centre in the UK. The special guest-of-honor was none other than the McLaren Senna, and in true form, the Senna did more than just show up and wave to the gathered masses, it actually performed a series of donuts in the company of a 1989 McLaren Formula One race car, the same car that was driven by Ayrton Senna, for which the car was named after.

The Senna’s presence inside the Carbon Composites Technology Centre wasn’t by accident, but a choreographed event by McLaren to use the supercar to leave a trail of fresh Pirelli tire rubber on the center’s new floor. It was, in the automaker’s words, a way to “christen it — McLaren style.” The company even recorded part of the Senna’s performance on video, and it is as glorious as it sounds.

To be clear, the Carbon Composites Technology Centre isn’t open yet. Nevertheless, the doors were opened to a select group of attendees with the intention of showing what the place will look like once it’s fully operational. For those who don’t know, the center will serve as ground zero for McLaren’s future carbon fiber tubs. This will be the place where they’ll be built beginning in 2019.

But that’s a story for another time. For now, check out the McLaren Senna getting its first public workout. By the looks of it, the supercar is all set to unleash its wrath into the world.


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PostHeaderIcon Don’t Expect To See a McLaren SUV Anytime Soon

In a world where the Lamborghini Urus and the Aston Martin DBX exist, the thought of a supercar brand venturing into the realm of SUVs isn’t that far-fetched anymore. It’s not just Lambo and Aston, either. Bentley also has the Bentayga, Rolls-Royce has the Cullinan, and Ferrari has, well, something up its sleeve. McLaren, however, is resisting the urge to jump into that market. It’s said before that it has no plans to develop an SUV. That stance was reinforced recently by the company’s chief designer, Dan Parry-Williams.


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“The long-term plan sits as the foundation of the company’s future lineup of models, which includes 12 new McLarens that will be launched between now and 2022”

I admire McLaren’s conviction. When everybody’s zigging to the potential of untapped riches, the British automaker is zagging because it just doesn’t want to travel down that road.

It certainly has valid reasons for doing so. As it is, McLaren is in the middle of pushing its “Track 22” strategy into the fold. The long-term plan sits as the foundation of the company’s future lineup of models, which includes 12 new McLarens that will be launched between now and 2022. We’ve known about this strategy for a while now, and in that time, the British automaker has given no indication that one of these 12 new models will be an SUV.

McLaren’s chief designer, Dan Parry-Williams, doubled down on the company’s position, telling Top Gear that “I’m not the first person to point out an SUV is entire particularly sporty nor utilitarian.” While he may find some objections to those comments, it tells you the position that McLaren is in. The British automaker has far more important models to develop, ones that fit into its long-term strategy. Unfortunately, an SUV isn’t one of them. Tough luck.

Now does that mean that we’re never seeing a McLaren SUV? That’s a different discussion altogether. Ferrari famously resisted the idea of building one, and now it’s in the process of having its own. Lamborghini also shot down an SUV in the past. Now it has the Urus. If there’s anything the auto industry has taught us, it’s that these claims of “never going to do it” last only as long as someone’s change-of-heart.

I’m not guaranteeing a McLaren SUV will eventually happen, but I’m not closing the door on ever seeing one.

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: McLaren 570GT Sport Pack

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 570GT Get Sport Pack and Design Editions

Increasing the appeal of the Sport Series, the 570GT in particular, for the customers, McLaren announced a series of upgrades. The new Sport Pack and five new Design Editions for the McLaren 570GT are available to order now, making the most practical everyday supercar a little bit more super. 

The 2018 McLaren 570GT benefits as standard from carbon ceramic brake discs, but the new added Sport Pack allows you to make it even sharper. Bringing the same level of dynamic settings as the 570S Coupe and Spider to the GT, the list of features this pack adds include sharper steering rack, damper actuators and uprights, S-tune adaptive damping, steering and Electronic Stability Control and Pirelli P-ZERO CORSA tires, all for the price of $5,950.

As for the McLaren 570GT Design Editions, they combine popular exterior colors with the By McLaren luxury design interior that best complement them. The five available combos include Silica White exterior with Saddle Tan and Carbon Black interior; Pacific Blue with Jet Black and Areia (cream); Blade Silver with Natural Tan and Carbon Black; Fire Black with Jet Black and Areia; and Storm Grey with Jet Black and Almond White.

Furthermore, GT customers can personalize their machine with McLaren Special Operations options, including for 570GT an electrochromic roof with customer-controlled variable tint.




The McLaren Sports Series is already recognized for bringing the excitement and race-derived technology of a supercar to the luxury sports car market, a reputation that was further enhanced by the recent introduction of the 570S Spider. The changes for 2018 make every model in the range even more compelling; customers attracted by the McLaren blend of lightweight, carbon fiber construction and mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V8 engine combining to deliver thrilling performance, can now choose from an even wider range of colors, materials and features.  Additionally, with the new 570GT Sport Pack, we have reacted to market requests for a 570GT with the driving dynamics of the 570S Coupé. This optional handling package gives the same chassis setup as the Coupé, while retaining the luxurious features, luggage space and looks of the 570GT.” Jolyon Nash, McLaren Automotive Executive Director, Global Sales and Marketing

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 570GT Gets More Dynamic and Precise with New Sport Pack

Launched in 2016, the McLaren 570GT gave the Super Series lineup a new flavor with a package that’s less track focused and more road trip worthy than the 570S. While most of the styling and the drivetrain are identical to the coupe, the GT gained a side opening cargo hatch above the engine, improved sound insulation, and softer suspension settings. The car was well received by McLaren enthusiasts who wanted a less aggressive sports car, but some requested a more dynamic version of the 570GT. As a result, McLaren introduces the Sport Pack, a bundle of features that makes the GT as sporty and precise as the 570S.


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“The upgrade begins with standard carbon-ceramic brake discs and Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires”

The upgrade begins with standard carbon-ceramic brake discs and Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires. Various chassis features and electronics have been updated to 570S specs, including the steering rack, damper actuator calibration, active damping system, and Electronic Stability Control. All these features require an extra $5,590. This means that the 570GT Sport Pack will cost $205,440. That’s a $20,540 premium over the standard 570S. McLaren doesn’t mention any performance enhancements thanks to the package, so it’s safe to assume that the bundle doesn’t shorten acceleration times and doesn’t improve top speed.

Alongside the Sport Pack, McLaren introduced new MSO options for the 570GT, including the electrochromic roof with variable tint. Using an electric current to trigger a change in the opacity of the glass through a range of settings, the electrochromic roof includes three UV-filtering options for the 570GT.


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“The new Design Edition Packs combine popular exterior colors with the By McLaren Luxury Design Interior and cost less as a bundle than if specified separately”

Additionally, the 570GT now benefits from five new Design Edition Packs. These combine popular exterior colors with the By McLaren Luxury Design Interior and cost less as a bundle than if specified separately. The new 570GT Design Editions are Silica White exterior with Saddle Tan and Carbon Black interior, Pacific Blue with Jet Black and Areia (cream), Blade Silver with Natural Tan and Carbon Black, Fire Black with Jet Black and Areia, and Storm Grey with Jet Black and Almond White.

Finally, the new color and trim choices introduced with the 570S Spider are now available for the 570GT too. Customers can now order the car in Curacao Blue, Vega Blue, and Sicilian Yellow exterior paint colors, alongside three new By McLaren Designer Interiors. Other new options include lightweight 10-spoke forged alloy wheel and Liquid Black brake calipers and the reverse camera displayed in the center of the driver TFT instrument cluster.

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper Selection of the Day: 1993 McLaren F1

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Goodwin Jumps Ship To Aston Martin After 20-Year Run at McLaren

Chris Goodwin, McLaren’s legendary chief test driver, is jumping ship to Aston Martin. The 50-year old British race car driver is expected to play a key role in the development of Aston Martin’s Valkyrie hypercar after spending the last 20 years helping turn McLaren into the thriving supercar company that it is today.


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“He played a big role in developing McLaren’s slew of performance cars, beginning with the MP4-12C”

This is a major coup for Aston Martin as anybody who knows Goodwin can attest that he played a big role in developing McLaren’s slew of performance cars, beginning with the MP4-12C. Goodwin’s career in McLaren also included stints as an active racer, most famously competing in the FIA GT Championships and the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

Now that he’s taking the helm as Aston Martin’s most seasoned and influential test driver, Goodwin will play a prominent role in fine-tuning the Valkyrie hypercar. Not that Aston needs more help developing a hypercar that already packs 1,100 horsepower, but Goodwin’s input will be invaluable in helping the hypercar achieve its full potential.

In addition to nabbing the legendary test driver, Aston Martin also reeled in Simone Rizzuto, former vehicle performance testing and integration lead at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, to be its new chief engineer for vehicle dynamics. Company CEO Andy Palmer commented on the high-profile hirings of the two men, saying, “the decision [to hire Goodwin and Rizzuto] is a great endorsement of our future plans.”

Only time will tell if Palmer’s comments bear fruit, but from the standpoint of what Goodwin and Rizzuto can bring to the table, there are few people in the industry who have the know-how and expertise that these two men have. At the very least, those who are still skeptical of Aston Martin’s vision of becoming a major player in the supercar segment have less ammunition today than they did in the past.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It’s Also a Christmas Tree Transporter

The McLaren F1 GTR is one of the most eye-catching supercars of all time. It’s a magnet for attention, and it’s capable of unfiltered viciousness on the race track. Apparently, it also makes for a handy car during the holiday season, as the owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, showed us in a recent video.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a performance car double as a Christmas tree transport vehicle. We saw a Ferrari 458 and an Audi R8 do it last year. But a McLaren F1 GTR? That’s never going to happen, right? Guess again.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to use an F1 GTR for this purpose. But I don’t own one, so my opinion doesn’t matter. Andy74b on Instagram does own one, and we see it in all its glory in this video prepared by the man himself. He gets inside the car, drives to the tree farm, and buys one for his home. Since the F1 GTR lacks in enough space to fit a Christmas tree, Andy74b decides to simply strap it onto the roof of his F1 GTR, before going on his merry way.

It’s one thing to see a Ferrari 458 or an Audi R8 serve the role of a Christmas tree transport vehicle. That’s old news. Whats beyond comprehension is seeing someone use an eight-figure supercar for the same reason. Then again, such issues are problems for the affluent, something we can clearly see in this example. Here’s to hoping that the F1 GTR survived in bringing that Christmas to its destination.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Finally Opens Dedicated Service Center for the F1 Supercar

When you have a car as important as the McLaren F1, the impetus is to do whatever it can to take care of it, even if it means shipping it to the UK for maintenance purposes. The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S. Fortunately, McLaren finally decided to open the country’s first ever dedicated service center for the almighty exotic. The center will be operated by McLaren Philadelphia but will function independently from the dealership’s main retail facility.


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“The distance and logistics of shipping the supercar are two of the biggest sources of headaches among F1 owners in the U.S.”

This falls under the classic case of “late” being a much better option than “never.” For the longest time, McLaren F1 owners in the U.S. — there are reportedly 20 of them — have had to ship their supercars to the UK just so these cars could get maintenance work. Not only does it cost a lot of money to do that, but the risk of shipping these prized exotics is far too great for a lot of these owners. What happens when something goes wrong while the car is in transit? Worse, what happens if the car is stolen?

The opening of the first dedicated service center for the F1 in North America is a major boon for owners of the supercar in the U.S. Not only is it much closer than shipping the car to the UK, but it also makes it easier for these owners to keep tabs on the status of their cars. Should there be a need to go to the service center personally to check on the car, owners can do that much easier than hopping on a plane and crossing the Atlantic.


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“The opening of the first dedicated service center for the F1 in North America is a major boon for owners of the supercar in the U.S.”

Even better, McLaren isn’t leaving any stones unturned in ensuring that the new service center is up to its standards. The place itself is created to replicate the services provided by MSO at its headquarters. It will also have staff and employees that have been trained and educated by MSO specialists, ensuring that their work is on part with the automaker’s expectations.

That kind of training is needed when the car in question requires a full suspension inspection with full “vehicle shakedown” on a closed test track, among other tests. Every second annual service also requires “a higher level of inspection,” including a brake service and flush, a more in-depth vehicle alignment, CV joint service, air-conditioning service, and a coolant service, among other items on the checklist.

This kind of attention-to-detail is what a car like the McLaren F1 deserves. Props to the British automaker for finally understanding the importance of having a dedicated service center for the supercar in the US. With only 106 examples built, close to 20 percent of all F1s in existence are reportedly located in the U.S.

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