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When McLaren unveiled the P1 back in 2013, it labeled it as a successor to the iconic F1. But even though it had everything it needed to take the F1’s legacy into the future performance-wise, it lacked some of the features that made the company’s first supercar truly special. McLaren is looking to fix that by creating a new three-seat vehicle with the driver placed in the middle. The new supercar was already confirmed with the codename BP23 and described as a “hyper GT” only a week ago, and the British firm has already unveiled new facts about it.
According to company CEO Mike Flewitt, BP23 will be built in very limited numbers that will match the F1’s 106-unit production. That’s a significant decrease from the P1’s 375-example run. Flewitt also said that the hypercar is already sold, with all units being accounted for almost as soon as BP23 was announced.
“When we did finally announce it, we were absolutely inundated with applications. I had to find polite ways to say, ’No,’” Flewitt said.
It’s also worth noting that the three-seat supercar will cost a whopping £2 million, which converts to $2.5 million as of March 2017. Customers reportedly had to deposit a five-figure sum and had to have a history buying McLarens. Needless to say, most BP23s will likely end up with enthusiasts that already own an F1 or a P1. Or both.
Not much is known about the upcoming hypercar, but McLaren described it as the “most powerful and most aerodynamic” road-going car it ever produced. McLaren also released a rendering of the car, showing a flowing, organic design with muscular fenders, a massive, race-inspired diffuser, and slender taillights. Chances are that the BP23 will introduce a new styling language for the company.
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If you own a model as prominent as a McLaren, you can’t just throw on some aftermarket parts or paint if you want some individualization. I mean, after all, people have literally been killed for less. But, that’s okay, because McLaren Special Operations has your back, and has just announced a whole new range of protective and personalization parts for models from the Sports Series, including the 540C, 570S, and 570GT. The parts don’t only bring the ability for current and new owners to personalize their rides, but also offer a bit of weight savings as well.
To start off, MSO is offering indoor and outdoor car covers, branded floor mats, and branded luggage bin mats. It’s also offering a new front skid plate that will protect the front diffuser should things get a little rough and the front end winds up coming in contact with the pavement. But, what’s more important are the new wheel designs that are available in stealth, silver, and diamond cut finishes, and there’s a new list of lightweight, colored brake calipers to choose from as well. But, on a deeper level, MSI is now offering a full range of carbon fiber parts for the exterior that include the side intakes, mirror casings, side skirts, aero blades, front splitter, rear bumper, rear wing, rear diffuser, and the rear deck and plenum cover. These are offered in three different packs, but can also be purchased individually. The will provide some weight savings over their standard equivalents as well.
But, it doesn’t stop there, either. The interior of the aforementioned models can also be customized with some extra carbon fiber as well. There are four components to choose from, including carbon fiber switch packs with IRIS surround, carbon fiber upper speaker surround, carbon fiber sill finisher with McLaren branding, and carbon fiber side tunnels.
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The supercar business can be a bit funny at times, and even deceitful. Take McLaren, for example. Back in July of 2016, rumors started circulating that McLaren was building a modern interpretation of the legendary McLaren F1. It took just a few days for McLaren hit the press with the traditional denial normally associated with rumors like this. But, a few months later in November of 2016, McLaren came out again, this time confirming the model and releasing a very intriguing teaser to go along with that confirmation. It goes by the internal codename BP23, but you’ve probably heard the name “Hyper GT” more than anything. Now, another five months have passed with little word, but McLaren has finally dropped a few more details about its upcoming project. We don’t know much yet, but we do know it’s going to be a doozy.
According to a very short press release shot out by McLaren this morning, the BP23 will be the “most powerful and most aerodynamic road-going McLaren ever produced. That’s a pretty bold statement, but considering the source, it’s worth its weight in gold. The newest member of the Ultimate Series family is being developed over at MSO as you read this, and like the McLaren F1, will be limited to just 106 examples. Those lucky enough to secure a model of their very own will be working with MSO to personalize them and make each one unique in their own right, so each and every example will be different. And, as expected, the car will follow in the footsteps of the McLaren F1 in that it will have three seats, with the driver’s seat being positioned centrally.
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This past weekend, the Goodwood Circuit hosted the 75th Members’ Meeting, which brought (as usual) an impressive lineup of classic and more recent race cars to the iconic British track. Unfortunately, this event also saw a highly collectible car leave the track and slam into an outside wall. I’m talking about a McLaren F1 GTR driven by none other than Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
A fan of historic racing and noted classic car collector, Mason took his F1 GTR for a spin on the Goodwood track and things obviously didn’t work that well. Although the video doesn’t provide clues as to how the GTR slammed into the wall, it’s safe to assume that Mason lost control of the powerful race car and went spinning into the green. It doesn’t appear as if he was driving at high speed, but the damage is pretty extensive, with the front bumper, left fender, and left headlamp needing to be replaced now.
This isn’t necessarily an issue since McLaren still provides parts and even takes care of repair process, but bringing the car back to its original state will be pretty expensive. Especially if the suspension and electronics suffered damage too. Okay, so maybe Mason won’t have trouble paying for the repairs, but it’s still painful to see a rare car like this — only 28 were built — take damage. On the other hand, it’s actually good to see that Mason’s F1 GTR gets some track action instead of spending its life in a garage.
Mason, who recently turned 73, is a big classic and race car enthusiast, most known for owning various Ferraris. His collection includes one of the 39 Ferrari GTOs, an Enzo, and a 512S race car, among others.
The configuration begins by selecting the trim. The 720S is available in three versions, with the Luxury and Performance trims receiving additional equipment. As soon as you pick the model, the configurator takes you to the exterior color section. And it really becomes interesting, as the 720S is available in no fewer than 34 colors.
Only five are standard, no-cost paints, including white, blue, silver, McLaren Orange, and Storm Grey. There are seven more hues in the “Special” category, including Aurora Blue, Memphis Red, and Quartz, and eight in the “Elite” class. This one includes a few spectacular choices like Volcaco Yellow, Solis, Azores, and Bourbon. Finally, there’s the “MSO Defined” category with 14 choices, including Papaya Spark, Burton Blue, Polaris BlueLantana Purple, Fistral Blue, and Mauvine Blue.
Next up, you have to pick a set of wheels. Choices include five-twin-spoke sport cast, five-twin-spoke lightweight, and ten-spoke super-lightweight. The base rims are available in either silver or stealth finishes, while the lightweights come in either platinum, titanium liquid metal, or satin diamond cut. The ten-spoke wheels are offered in similar finishes. For calipers, you can pick between eight colors with silver McLaren logo. Pirelli P Zero is the standard choice for tires, but track-ready Corsa rubber is optional.
Other exterior options include a host of carbon-fiber upgrades. You can have several body components in this lightweight material, including the side mirrors, headlamps housings, splitter, front bonnet, engine hood, and diffuser. The same goes for the interior, where you can add carbon-fiber seats and components all around. The only drawback is that the trim is either black or black and Scoria Grey, but you can add a dash of color by selecting orange seat belts. However, MSO will be happy to “paint” the cockpit in any color you want for an extra fee.
When it comes to entertainment, you can pick between the standard four-speaker audio system or the optional, 12-speaker, Bowers & Wilkins unit. The McLaren Telemetry is also available with laptime function and three cameras. There’s a lot to add to the car when it comes to safety too. Options include 360-degree park assist, front & rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, a volumetric alarm upgrade, and a vehicle tracking system. Finally, there’s all sorts of practical things like a car cover, floor mats, fire extinguisher, an ashtray, and a lithium-ion battery charger.
Unfortunately, there’s no pricing for each of these items, so you’ll have to contact a dealer to get a sticker. But I guess it doesn’t matter much when you’re like me, and can’t afford one. Anyway, my dream 720S is finished in Lantana Purple, sports ten-spoke wheels in satin diamond cut and yellow brake calipers, and every carbon-fiber option but the front bonnet. Post your choice and design in the comments section below .
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McLaren’s double dose of debuts came as a surprise when the highly anticipated arrival of the 720S supercar was shortly followed by the introduction of the 720S Velocity, a bespoke creation by McLaren Special Operations meant to showcase the enormous personalization opportunities that are on the horizon for the British automaker’s next great wonder machine.
The arrival of the 720S marked the next step in the evolution of McLaren’s Super Series, a family of supercars that sprouted from the seeds of automotive engineering with the debut of the MP4-12C back in 2011. Since then, the Super Series family has grown to include the 650S, the 675LT, and the 650S GT3. The 720S serves as the replacement for the 650S after the latter’s three-year run in the market and just as appealing as that car was with MSO’s involvement with the 720S proving to be just as enthralling under the carefully thought of eye of the personalization division.
The 720S Velocity is unlikely to be the only 720S model that MSO will be working on in its life span. More versions will come, either through future owners of the new supercar or through McLaren itself. But the 720S Velocity accomplishes something that shouldn’t go understated. It’s setting the bar incredibly high for future 720S models that will pass through MSO. It’s combination of exclusive exterior colors and finely tailored interiors all make for a car that brings out a unique personality to the 720S, which of course is what MSO is all about in the first place.
It won’t come cheap by any means, but that comes with the territory of having MSO work on a car that by itself will cost just under $300,000 when it becomes available in the U.S. Yes, the price of personalization doesn’t come cheap. But if the car ends up looking like the 720S Velocity, money becomes a small price to pay for the rewards that come after.
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It’s been only 24 hours since McLaren introduced the second-generation Super Series at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and the British firm has already unveiled the first special-edition model customized by MSO (McLaren Special Operations).
That didn’t take long, huh?
Called the 720S Velocity, this special model stands out immediately thanks to its bespoke two-tone paint. The front and upper body panels are finished in Nerello Red, a brand-new color, while the sides and the rear of the car are wrapped in Volcano Red. The combination creates a fade out effect from front to rear, a first for an MSO-created McLaren. The unique paint job is complemented by Metallic Bronze alloy wheels and a range of clear carbon-fiber elements, including the rear deck vent, the rear aero bridge, and the sill covers.
Once inside, we are greeted by Carbon Black Alcantara trim, Harissa Red leather inserts, and matching highlights on the dashboard, steering wheel, door panel, and sports seats. The headlines and the B-pillars are covered in Carbon Black Alcantara with Harissa Red contrast stitching.
The drivetrain is identical to the standard model, meaning that motivation comes from a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Derived from the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 from the previous Super Series, the 4.0-liter unit is 41-percent new and generates 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes “less than three seconds,” while the 124-mph benchmark comes in “less than eight” seconds, according to McLaren. Top speed is now rated at a mind-boggling 212 mph.
The Velocity costs around £335,000 (about $406,960) depending on options, which represents a £126,400 (around $153,580) premium over the standard 720S. McLaren says it’s just one of five MSO themes prepared for the new Super Series, with the other four being named GT, Pacific, Track, and Stealth.
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A while back we had our first look at the upcoming McLaren Super Series via photos taken at a private customer event. Although we saw most of the car’s design, the photos weren’t the best quality and left us wanting more. With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show set to kick in next week, a new photo, that seems to be part of the Super Series official press release, surfaced the web. This is the first high-quality photos of the upcoming supercar and gives us a much better look at the new design. And needless to say, the successor to the 650S is absolutely gorgeous!
A mix of organic lines, vents and aerodynamic features, the second-generation Super Series is a radical departure from the outgoing model and I dare say it’s more menacing than even the P1 hybrid. Although the front section isn’t visible, it’s pretty obvious that the styling is very similar to our rendering, which you can see here. The sides have been redesigned too, and even though they seem much cleaner, the design is definitely sporty and in line with what I expect from a modern supercar.
Around back, there’s a very slim fascia with strip-like LED taillights and a pair of exhaust pipes mounted in the grille, on each side for the “McLaren” logo. The diffuser is clearly inspired by racing, while the movable wing is actually a large chunk of the long decklid. The engine hood consists of a large glass area through which you can see the V-8 engine, while the lower, V-shaped section has aggressive louvers and it’s flanked by deep outlets atop the rear fenders.
The teaser also gives us a glimpse of the interior, where we can see aggressive bucket seats, the new flat-bottom steering wheel, and the intelligent instrument cluster. Orange details that match the exterior paint add a splash of color to the otherwise black upholstery. Finally, the license plate confirms that the model will be called the 720S, which stands for the 720-PS (710-horsepower) output.
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With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, McLaren is releasing more information about the upcoming, second-generation Super Series. Having already detailed the drivetrain, chassis, and aerodynamics, the British firm showcases the vehicle’s interior, which will include a new driver interface, a sophisticated design, and enhanced visibility and space.
The highlight of the Super Series’ cabin is its all-new driver interface, which incorporates “a revolutionary approach to information display” and delivers “unrivaled levels of driver engagement.” Called the Folding Drive Display, the device starts of in Full Display Mode and provides a comprehensive range of information on an upright TFT screen. The format changes according to what driving mode is selecting from Comfort, Sport, or Track. This is by no means revolutionary, but the display can be switched to Slim Display Mode, which sees the display slide down to show only essential information in a strip, just like in a race car. This is the ideal when driving at the track or for those who prefer simplicity.
The eight-inch infotainment screen in the center stack is described as “new integrated approach to sharing information” and runs multiple applications simultaneously on a vertical touchscreen carousel with access to audio, media, and navigation controls, among other features. On top of that, it provides quick-access keys to other functions, making the infotainment system much easier to use while driving.
McLaren also shared a bit of info about the interior layout. The new Super Series features switches machined from aluminum and the “finest leather upholstery and trim”. The “light, airy cabin” also offers “unparalleled visibility and space.” McLaren also claims that the Super Series’ cabin will rapidly become recognized as the most welcoming and engaging in the supercar sector.
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The slow unveiling of the second-generation McLaren Super Series continues with just two weeks left until the supercar makes it first public appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Having released information about the new V-8 engine and car’s 0-to-124 mph and quarter-mile times, McLaren has now disclosed information about the new braking system it developed for the Super Series.
Consisting of lighter and stiffer calipers and carbon-ceramic discs as standard, the new system provides a more precise brake pedal feel and enhanced stopping power. Specifically, McLaren says that the Super Series needs only 4.6 seconds and 117 meters (383.8 feet) to brake to a standstill from 124 mph, which is six meters (19.6 feet) less than the 650S and almost on par with the McLaren P1.
The figures above are also achieved with help from from new, custom Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires that provide a six percent improvement in mechanical grip over the outgoing model. Developed specifically for McLaren’s new supercar they also deliver enhanced driver feedback.
“The extreme performance and dynamic prowess of the second-generation Super Series, honed by testing at the limits and beyond, provides the perfect foundation for it to be the most complete supercar across the full range of use,” said Mclaren chief test driver Chris Goodwin, who added that the company’s new supercar “will also excel in everyday driving.”
McLaren will release more information at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show on March 7, so make sure you stay tuned for updates.
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As we get closer to the Geneva Motor Show where the new, second-generation McLaren Super Series known to us as the McLaren P14 is going to be revealed, the British automaker releases more details about the car to get us all revved up about it. They just announced the P14 will boast not the current 3.8 liter but a new 4.0 liter M840T turbo V8.
They are so proud of this engine, they have built an illumination system in the engine bay of McLaren P14 so every time you unlock the car the motor lights up and makes you look at it. That’s neat, but when it comes to engine we are more interested in the power and performance than their aesthetics. Fortunately, the P14’s new V8 does not disappoint in that aspect. While the official power and torque ratings are still closely guarded secrets, McLaren has revealed the M840T enables the new Super Series to accelerate from standstill to 200km/h (124mph) in just 7.8 second and run the standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds – pretty impressive figures indicating some serious firepower.
Another area McLaren P14 has improved is the exhaust note, a point of criticism that bugged the 12C and the 650S throughout their lifetimes. To address the issue satisfactorily in the new car the 4.0 liter V8 motor, which by the way features ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers, is equipped with a completely new exhaust system that according to McLaren delivers a sonorous and crisp sound, building up crescendo all the way through the rev range until it reaches an orgasmic pitch near the redline. An even louder system will also be available as optional extra.
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With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show closing in on us this March, so is the next-generation McLaren Super Series, and the British firm is releasing new data about the sports car. Reportedly to be called the 720S, the main model of the upcoming lineup will be powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 derived from the current, award-winning 3.8-liter unit. Although it has yet to confirm the amount of horsepower and torque coming from the engine, McLaren did release a couple of performance figures.
Specifically, the British company says that the new Super Series will be able to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph in 7.9 seconds. This number makes the 720S a half-second quicker than the outgoing 650S and a tenth-second faster than the 675LT, which is impressive to say the least. There’s no word on the 0 to 60 mph sprint, but it’s safe to assume it will be at least a tenth-second quicker than the 650S, which runs the benchmark in three seconds flat. The 675LT needs 2.9 ticks to hit the same speed.
McLaren also unveiled that the new Super Series will be able to cover the quarter-mile in 10.3 seconds, yet another improvement over the outgoing sports car. Specifically, the 650S is two tenths slower at 10.5 ticks. There’s no official estimate for the 675LT, but independent tests have reported quarter-mile runs of 10.4 and 10.3 seconds, meaning that the 720S will be at least as quick.
Figures aside, McLaren divulged that the 4.0-liter V-8 has new, ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbochargers that spool up more rapidly than previous designs. As a result, they deliver reduced turbo lag and quicker throttle response.
“The new 4.0-litre M840T is an outstanding engine powering an exceptional supercar capable of covering a standing quarter mile in 10.3 seconds,” commented McLaren Super Series Vehicle Line Director, Haydn Baker. “Power, torque and throttle response are all significantly enhanced compared to the first-generation Super Series, yet with fuel efficiency and emissions also notably improved.”
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Now that the first picture of McLaren P14 has leaked online and we all know what it looks like if the teasers the company releases are to be interesting they must have to do with power and performance. And that’s exactly what the new teaser is about. It reveals the initial specs of the chassis, mainly the Proactive Chassis Control II system.
To put it in one sentence, the job of Proactive Chassis Control II is to make McLaren P14 extremely good fun to drive. All the boring stuff, like how the system reads the data multiple sensors, which are actually 12 more than on the outgoing 650S, including an accelerometer on each wheel hub, send to it and runs them through its ‘Optimal Controller’ algorithm just to set the correct damping at any given moment, happen behind the scene. What you will experience behind the wheel is a superb level of grip and control without any loss of comfort.
Naturally, an advanced chassis system like the one used in McLaren P14 offers multiple driving modes including Comfort, Sport, or Track. But the system’s party piece is a new McLaren Variable Drift Control mode. It is a menu in the car’s new touchscreen through which you can choose what sort of control the car’s Electronic Stability Control should exercise, thus enabling even the most novice driver to pull spectacular powerslides without killing himself. Needless to say, more advanced river can shut down the control altogether and go nuts.
“Proactive Chassis Control II generates a significant amount of additional grip, but not at the expense of the balance and feel of the car,” explained Mark Vinnels, Executive Director – Product Development, at McLaren Automotive. “The depth and breadth of handling precision and ride comfort in combination with the peerless level of driver involvement in the second-generation McLaren Super Series is simply extraordinary.”
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The second-generation McLaren Super Series is only a month away from its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and the British manufacturer is releasing new information about its brand-new sports car. After they told us that the upcoming Super Series will generate outstanding downforce, the Brits revealed that the new-generation car will use a new version of the multi-mode, Proactive Chassis Control system.
Developed to deliver “the optimal balance of cornering grip, dynamic response, and comfort to best suite the individual mode and driving conditions,” the Proactive Chassis Control II has three different modes — Comfort, Sport, and Track. The new-generation system uses 12 more sensors than on the outgoing Super Series, including accelerometers on each wheel hub to read inputs from the road and measure tire contact patch. The information is analysed in milliseconds by the ‘Optimal Controller’ algorithm at the core of the system and the suspension damping is immediately optimized accordingly.
The upcoming Super Series will also feature Variable Drift Control, a system that will provide “even greater involvement for a driver who wants to fully explore the dynamic ability” of the sports car. Details are scant as of this writing, but McLaren did say that it will allow the level of Electronic Stability Control intensity to “be varied with the swipe of a finger across a control displayed on the central infotainment screen.”
“Proactive Chassis Control II generates a significant amount of additional grip, but not at the expense of the balance and feel of the car,” said Mark Vinnels, Executive Director of Product Development at McLaren Automotive. “The depth and breadth of handling precision and ride comfort in combination with the peerless level of driver involvement in the second-generation McLaren Super Series is simply extraordinary.”
Full details of the second-generation Super Series will be announced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, but stay tuned for updates, as McLaren should give us more info before then.
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British sports car manufacturer McLaren has announced a new strategic partnership to design and develop technology for its next generation of powertrains. The new project, which is part of the company’s “Track22” business plan, includes six different partners, including the BMW Group.
Details are scant as of this writing, but McLaren’s brief statement on the matter talks about “new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible.” The British brand also aims to further reduce CO2 emissions, while simultaneously increasing engine output.
Supported and partly-funded by the British Government through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the collaboration also includes Ricardo, McLaren’s existing engine manufacturing partner. Grainger and Worrall will join in to deliver complex, lightweight casting technology, while Lentus Composite will contribute knowledge in specialist composite structure. Finally, the University of Bath will bring its advanced research and development capabilities in internal combustion engine systems efficiency.
“This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners. McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines, as showcased by our M838T and its previous category wins in the International Engine of the Year awards. We will continue to independently design and build our own engines, and the benefits of this project will help us accelerate the development of our next generation of powertrain,” said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.
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Turns out McLaren Automotive have been rather stingy with the teasers they’ve given us so far regarding the new Super Series model – the 650S replacement, the McLaren P14. The thing is pretty much ready to roll judging by this revealing leaked photo form a private viewing, but all we’ve got from them so far is a picture of the carbon tub.
So we have to say this time the early leakage serves the car maker right. McLaren P14 is set for debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March so it’s about time they started opening up about it and let the public know what kind of specs the new Super machine is going to boast. Looks-wise, as you can see here, while retaining the same general profile as its predecessor, the P14 has taken a turn toward elegance rather than the sheer sportiness that was the 650’s most apparent characteristic.
The car has lost most of its scoops and intakes, swapping them for more obscure vents in favor of a smoother, more streamlined body that has some nice curves and twists about it in some very intimate places. We’re not sure about that front-end though, but we have to wait until the thing is revealed in full glory before judging it. As for the technical stuff, the word is McLaren is going to eke out a few more years out of their 3.8 liter bi-turbo V8 before retiring it. So that’ll be the motor running McLaren P14 but the power output will probably be higher than that of the 675LT.
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The McLaren F1 is the legend of legends and is still considered by some to be the best car ever made. It was engineered by a team of hand-picked masterminds with a focus on reduced drag, increased downforce, and mind shattering performance all wrapped up into one sexy package that effectively raised the bar for all supercars that came after it. Not only was it pleasing to look at, but the design itself was pure genius as it accommodates enough downforce that there was no need for a big, bulky spoiler or wing on struts in the rear. With a curb weight of around 2,500 pounds and a 6.1-liter, BMW, V-12 that had 627 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the McLaren F1 took a dominating toll on the record books in the early 1990s. And that folks, is what brings me to the topic at hand: the F1’s crazy top speed record of 240.1 mph.
To this day, the F1 is still the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built and is still one of the most exclusive cars in the world. It’s top speed record has since been beaten, but a recently revealed video of the F1s record-breaking speed run comes to remind us of just how amazingly fast the F1 was in a time where fast didn’t come quite as easy as it does today. In the video you’re about to watch, you’ll see Le Mans winner Andy Wallace make several passes at the Ehra-Lessien proving ground, eventually pushing the F1 to the very threshold of its limits. All told the F1 actually hit 391 km, which is 242.956 mph, but because records average out two runs in opposing directions, the record was officially set at 240.1 mph.
In the video, you’ll see the in-car footage of this crazy record being set and can even hear everything Wallace had to say during the process. Once the car creeps over the 220 mph mark, you’ll finally get to see just how scary it really was for Wallace as the car was quite literally ready to take flight and even the slightest wrong move would have ended in disaster. But, that didn’t happen, and now we have the glory of sharing that experience with the man who pushed the F1 and himself to the limit. Click play and enjoy!
The newest member of the McLaren Super Series and replacement for the McLaren 650S is scheduled to debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But, so far, McLaren has done pretty well about keeping the new model, which is codenamed internally as the P14, under wraps. Of course, that’s excepted by the teaser released earlier this month that showed off a bit of the car’s new rear wing, but outside of that and a few spy shots, there’s been very little word about the car. Now, a mysterious (and low-quality) photo of the new P14, or 720S as we’ll all come to know it, has made an appearance on Instagram. But, is this the real P14/720S, or is there more to this story that we just don’t know about?
Well, the photo was posted by Instagram user Woppum in the wee hours of the morning (for East Coast U.S. residents) and has been making rounds ever since. According to the poster, who has a strong fascination for cars and 69.5-thousand followers, this is the P14/720S in Volcano Orange. The spoiler that was recently teased appears to be non-existent here or, at the very least, out of the camera’s view, but you can see hints of the legendary McLaren F1 and some of the P1. You can even see some 570S cues in there, but there’s also some new bodywork that separates it from the 650S as well – all signs that this is the next model and not just an upgrade or special edition of an existing model.
So far, it’s seen some 1,500 likes, but it’s also seen some mixed opinions. Outside of the general design, which some see as gorgeous while others say it’s not exactly the prettiest car they’ve seen, the fact that it’s surrounded by a bunch of older gentlemen under heavy lighting adds fuel to the fire that points toward this being the real deal. After all, McLaren is known for hosting its own private debuts for loyal customers long before it officially announces new models to the rest of the world.
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Usually when you see a hyper car with a crazy two-tone paint work it is a wrap done by some tuner to give the car a temporary fresh look. But that is not the case with this McLaren P1 MSO. The owner of this car decided it would be a good idea to give McLaren Special Operations a whole lot of money to paint his car like a milkweed bug.
So this will probably be the first ever McLaren P1 MSO with a simple and understated wrap to cover up the insane factory paintwork. That is, of course, when the owner finally gets fed up with this scheme and find out he can’t sell the car because not many people share his taste. It’s not that the design is positively ugly. It’s just that it’s too elaborate and attention seeking and therefore not cool.
And just for the record, here’s the milkweed bug:
McLaren P1 technical highlights:
Aero-led design produces more downforce than any other production road car
-916PS (903 hp) generated by 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine coupled to an electric motor gives tremendous power and instant throttle response with an electronically limited top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph)
-Active ride height, and aerodynamics work with large adjustable rear wing to give ground effect suction and optimised downforce
-IPAS (Instant Power Assist System) and DRS (Drag Reduction System) offer instant boost of power and straight-line speed
-The MonoCage is one of the lightest carbon fibre full-body structures used in any road car to date, weighing 90kg. This weight includes the roof and lower structures, roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing
-MonoCage chassis includes fibres more than five times the strength of the best grade titanium, and includes the use of Kevlar
-0 to 300 km/h in less than 17 seconds – five seconds quicker than the legendary McLaren F1
Set to break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation McLaren Super Series will replace the familiar 650S and its derivatives in the company’s lineup. The British firm has already unveiled a few juicy bits, which we’ve discussed in our review here, but a new announcement reveals more information about the upcoming sports car.
The first thing McLaren wants us to know is that the second-gen Super Series – reportedly built around a core model named the 720S – will be twice as aerodynamically efficient as the 650S, mainly thanks to increased downforce and improved cooling. McLaren executive director Mark Vinnels commented that a “range of advanced aerodynamic technologies” will contribute to maximum generated downforce over 50 percent greater than that of the McLaren 650S. He also said that the design team obtained a 15-percent gain in cooling efficiency thanks to the a new design of the dihedral door.
The familiar design element will now have two separate air ducts integrated within the door structure. One will force air from the top of the door down into the radiators that cool the engine, while the other will draw air out of the front wheel arch to create increased downforce.
McLaren also revealed that the new Super Series will have a completely redesigned rear wing. The active element will extend over the full width of the rear section and move upwards and increase in angle in order to optimize aero efficiency at high speeds. The wing is also designed to deploy to its most extreme angle as an airbrake in less than half a second.
The British firm also release a teaser photo showing part of the car’s taillights, rear grille, wing, and engine hood. The wing appears to be larger than the previous model, while the taillights are significantly thinner. The engine hood incorporates large elements made from exposed carbon-fiber, which isn’t surprising given that McLaren uses the lightweight material extensively in its cars.
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