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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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PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 Ownership Doesn’t come Cheap: Video

In a video released by VineWiki Previous F1 owner, Bruce Weiner, goes into the detail of the maintenance costs associated with ownership. Now, naturally, you would have to expect that owning a supercar – especially one of the F1’s caliber at that time – would be costly, but we’re talking about the kind of money that fuels divorce, among other things. In the video, Weiner explains that something like replacing the fuel cell, which needs to be done every five years, will set you back roughly $100,000 – a price tag that doesn’t even include transport or specifics. The clutch? Well, that needs to be replaced every few years or at about 3,000 miles and even changing the tires will set you back $50,000. Of course, that money gets you all the bits and pieces that go along with tire changing on a race car – a day at the track, a driver, the mechanics on site, various insurances, and the necessary suspension tuning and balancing.

Now, whether or not it really is so expensive, really remains to be seen. Weiner paid out $1.2 million for his legendary beast. The owner before him had just paid about $300,000 to have it painted Volcano Orange (a nice choice if we do say so ourselves,) but what really raises the question is how well Mr. Weiner actually knew the car. After all, in the video, he says there were 63 road-going examples when there were really 64, and, in case you didn’t notice, that 6.1-liter V-12 built by BMW wasn’t an “off-the-shelf” engine. Sorry, Weiner, but that engine was built specifically for the F1 and wasn’t used in any other car.

With that in mind, even if it did cost that much to own, what can you expect. It was once the fastest car in the world, and its engine bay is lined in gold. This isn’t your wife’s Mercedes, and it’s not your every day BMW 6 Series. We’re talking about a race car built for the road. Nothing about it was going to be cheap. It’s too bad he let the cost of owning such a fine piece of automotive history ruin the fact that he was sitting on top of one of the greatest cars ever built. Check out the video for yourself below!

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PostHeaderIcon Last McLaren Senna Already Auctioned for Charity

You know, it seems that the sole purpose of revealing the new McLaren Senna Ultimate Series was to make people eat their heart out. I mean, here’s a super expensive car that nobody could afford anyway, and they tell us they have already sold all 500 production units of it. Not only that, they’ve even auctioned off the very last one for charity. 

Now, normally we feel a tinge of jealously wash over us when we hear about this limited edition hypercars. This time though, we’re OK. You can keep your McLaren Senna those 500 who bought one. We don’t know whether it’s the looks or the fact that it’s yet another incredibly fast supercar or blah blah blah. But we just don’t fancy this thing. If we have 750,000 GBP – which is what a Senna has cost its owners – to spare, we would not spend it on this car. Maybe if it looked a little less odd…

At any rate, the final production McLaren Senna, which will sport chassis number #193, fetched a very respectable $2.67 million at auction. All proceeds will go Ayrton Senna Foundation, founded by the legendary racer’s sister to help poor children in developing countries. Senna would have loved this, given what a big philanthropist he was.







And in case you have forgotten the spec of McLaren Senna already, the car is like a 720S on steroids, featuring a 780 horsepower turbocharged V8. It weighs just under 1,200 kg, and it’s rear wheel drive, benefiting from the latest technologies in chassis and suspension control as well as electronic driving aids. The Senna is not going to break any top speed records, but lap records, maybe.

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PostHeaderIcon Putting The McLaren Senna’s Power-To-Weight Ratio Into Perspective

While you certainly won’t find us complaining when automakers boast about crazy peak output figures and power-to-weight ratios, it’s always a good idea to put those numbers into perspective. Take the recently released McLaren Senna. Tagged with a name that pays respect to the legendary Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, this machine is offered as the Woking company’s “most extreme” road car ever created. Not only does it have the most powerful engine to ever bless a street-legal McLaren, with 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque hitting the rear axle by way of a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, but its also the lightest street-legal McLaren ever made, tipping the scales at a scant 2,641 pounds thanks to oodles of exotic materials and motorsports-inspired construction. That’s the dry weight, by the way, not the curb weight. The end result is 658 horsepower per metric ton, or 598 horsepower per U.S. ton.

Impressive stuff, no doubt about it. That power-to-weight ratio bests even the mighty P1, which lays down 903 hybridized horses to motivate 3,075 pounds of dry weight, which calculates to 587 horsepower per U.S. ton. The iconic McLaren F1 is also defeated, producing 627 horsepower and tipping the scales with 2,425 pounds of dry weight, calculating out to 517 horsepower per U.S. ton. Meanwhile, the daily-driver oriented McLaren 650S Spider is left in the spec sheet dust, producing 641 horsepower with a dry weight of 3,020 pounds, which calculates as just 425 horsepower per U.S. ton

Of course, there’s much more that goes into making speed than a stellar power-to-weight ratio. Just as important (if not more so) is how that power reaches the pavement. For example, it’s a rather straightforward process to make 1,000 horsepower from a tuned 2JZ-powered Toyota Supra, but if you’re running all-season tires, all you’ll make is smoke. Traction, torque curves, aerodynamics… all help translate that ratio into real-world velocity, the stuff that really matters.

With that in mind, read on for the power-to-weight ratios of a few more high-end performance machines.

Continue reading to learn more about power-to-weight ratios.

Power-To-Weight Comparison Chart

Model Horsepower Dry Weight Horsepower Per U.S. Ton
McLaren Senna 789 horsepower 2,641 pounds 598
McLaren P1 903 horsepower 3,075 pounds 587
McLaren 650S Spider 641 horsepower 3,020 pounds 425
Bugatti Chiron 1,479 horsepower 4,400 pounds 672
Hennessey Venom GT 1,200 horsepower 2,524 pounds 951
Ariel Atom V-8 475 horsepower 1,210 pounds 785
Koenigsegg Regera 1,500 horsepower 3,241 pounds 926
Ferrari LaFerrari 950 horsepower 2,767 pounds 687

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna

2019 McLaren Senna

A successful race car builder from the 1960s to the 1980s, McLaren began making a name for itself as a road car manufacturer in the early 1990s with the F1. Launched with many benchmarks, including the first carbon-fiber construction, the F1 became one of the most iconic supercars ever made. It was so great that it took McLaren 15 years to gives us a predecessor, the P1, introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Four years have passed, and the McLaren Ultimate Series is entering a new era with a brand-new supercar. Codenamed the P15 and in the rumor mill for a couple of years now, the McLaren Senna was unveiled on December 9, 2017, as the company’s ultimate road-legal race car.

A unique design that brings together styling cues from the P1, 720S, and new aerodynamic features, the Senna bears the name of F1 driver Ayrton Senna, who drove McLaren Formula One cars for six years, from 1988 to 1993.

While the Senna’s aggressive design and aerodynamics aren’t surprising, the fact that it’s not a hybrid comes as a bit of shock. With its predecessor sporting an electric motor, the new Ultimate Series was expected to have a similar layout. The same goes for the interior, which has a standard left-hand-drive configuration, despite prototypes that have a mid-mounted driver’s seat, like the old F1. But this doesn’t make the Senna a less spectacular supercar. On the contrary!

Continue reading to learn more
about the McLaren Senna.

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Exterior

  • Radical design
  • Extreme aerodynamics
  • 720S- and P1-inspired features
  • Carbon-fiber body panels
  • Two-piece diffuser
  • Huge rear wing

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“The organic styling cues, the teardrop shape, and the massive rear wing put the Senna in a league of its own”

It’s basically impossible to describe a car like this with one work, but if I were forced to do it, I’d use “extreme.” Actually, make that “extreme!!!” Granted, the P1 and the 720S are also pretty extreme styling-wise, but the Senna just takes things to a new level. Its organic styling cues, the teardrop shape, and the massive rear wing put it in a league of its own.

The front fascia is a significant departure from previous McLaren designs, not so much in aesthetics as in aerodynamics. There are a few recognizable features, like the split hood from the P1 (but in a more aggressive form here) and the slim headlamps carved into the body. But everything else is new. The nose is more angular, and the intake underneath is bigger. The vents under each headlamp make it seem as if the nose simply floats above the splitter.


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“It's pretty much an open wheeler design with full fenders and a closed cockpit”

Things become more extreme onto the sides. Whereas previous McLaren’s had a rather traditional design with the body becoming increasingly wider toward the rear, the Senna is narrowed between the front and rear fenders. The shape is somewhat similar to Formula One and IndyCar vehicles, with the wide side skirts acting like side pods. It’s pretty much an open wheeler design with full fenders and a closed cockpit. The design may seem radical, but it has nothing to do with styling. Everything was conceived in the wind tunnel. When seen from above, the Senna has a teardrop shape, and all the components seem clipped onto the cabin. The narrower center section also helps with cooling, having enabled McLaren to fit massive vents into the rear fenders and the side skirts.

Around back, the Senna has nothing in common with previous McLarens. While both the P1 and 720S have organic designs with lots of flowing lines, the Senna’s rear fascia is all about horizontal features. The deck is pretty flat too, as is the upper side of the diffuser, which sticks out a few good inches from the body. The rear fenders also have a unique design, raising above the decklid to create to create an aerodynamically optimized area. The fenders are backed by prominent gurney flaps that direct air away from the rear deck. The exhaust pipes are placed on the decklid too, facing upward, yet another unique design.


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“The double-element carbon-fiber rear wing sits four feet from the road at its highest point”

Below, there are slim LED taillights almost hidden underneath the edge of the decklid. The simple design is also the result of intense aero testing, as they minimize interruption to airflow. The double diffuser is just as wide as the rear fascia and uses its unique design to create a low-pressure zone that sucks the car tighter to the ground. The visual drama is completed by the double-element carbon-fiber rear wing. Sitting four feet from the road at its highest point, the wing has almost vertical stanchions and massive side pods. The design is rather unusual for a road car, being closer to something you’d find on a full-fledged race car, but it proves that McLaren made no compromises on its way to finding the best aerodynamics.

Speaking of which, both the front and rear section feature active aerodynamics and McLaren claims they raise downforce and aero control to “an unprecedented level.” There aren’t any actual figures to back this claim, but it’s hard to argue given the extreme design. Oh, and did I mention that every panel is made from carbon-fiber?

All told, the McLaren Senna is dramatic to say the least and, while it’s not the prettiest car the British firm has built so far, its aerodynamics and functionality should be superior to the P1 and maybe even the track-only P1 GTR!

Interior

  • F1-inspired doors
  • Carbon-fiber everything
  • Clutter-free dashboard
  • Racing seats
  • Folding Drive Display
  • Storage for helmets and racing suits

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“The carbon-fiber cockpit is inspired by the world of racing”

To get inside the cabin, you need to open the F1-inspired dihedral doors that hinge forward and upward, opening with a portion of the roof. This system provides an aperture of sufficient size for drivers and passengers to enter or exit the cockpit even when wearing a helmet and a race suit. It pretty obvious that while road legal, the Senna is aimed at customers who spend a lot of time at the track. The doors have two-piece glass windows for proper insulation, with a fixed top part and a smaller opening section below.

As you’d expect from a top-of-the-league McLaren, the Senna’s cockpit is inspired by the world of racing. Carbon-fiber was used extensively on the dashboard, center console, door panels, seats, and even the steering wheel. Unlike other modern supercars, the steering wheel is free of buttons and switches, while driver controls on the center console have been kept to a minimum. Most functions are operated through the vertical infotainment screen attached to the dashboard, which also includes buttons for the manual transmission setup and the ESC system. Further information is available on the Folding Driver Display, which we first saw in the McLaren 720S.


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“The Folding Drive Display keeps the driver focused on the race track”

Designed to rotate around its horizontal axis, the Folding Drive Display provides a comprehensive range of information in its regular, upright position, and switches to Slim Display Model to show only essential data on a small strip, just line in a race car. The idea is to keep the driver focused on the important info while driving at the track, which makes a lot of sense in a car like the Senna.

The carbon-fiber seats have heavy bolstering. The can be had in either Alcantara or leather and have an “S” letter embossed on the headrests. They don’t look very comfortable for cruising, but they provide the utmost lateral support on twisty race tracks.

Storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats, with just enough room for two helmets and race suits. Yup, that’s far from practical, but as a customer, you should feel lucky that McLaren made an effort to add a bit of room in there. The Brits almost removed the second seat, so space for two helmets is actually a bit of a compromise.


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“Storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats, with just enough room for two helmets and race suits”

Another interesting feature lies atop the cabin and has to do with the experience of driving a road-legal race car. The “snorkel” intake on the roof produces “precisely tailored high-frequency” sounds that make the cockpit come alive under full throttle. In addition, low-frequency sounds from the engine are transferred into the cockpit through unique engine mounts. The double-walled rear structure of the carbon fiber Monocage absorb these vibrations and amplify every change in
engine revs, making it seem almost as if the powerplant is “sitting alongside the driver.”

Sounds exciting but, unfortunately, not many of us will get to experience that anytime soon.

Drivetrain

  • Upgraded carbon-fiber tub
  • Weighs only 2,641 pounds
  • Twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8
  • 789 horsepower
  • 590 pound-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission

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“The carbon-fiber tub is a further development of the structure in the 720S”

Much like its predecessor, the Senna is built around a carbon-fiber tub. It’s called the Monocage III, and it’s a further development of the structure in the 720S, itself an upgrade over the P1’s. McLaren claims it’s the strongest monocoque it has built. It’s also incredible light and contributes to a supercar that tips the scales at an impressive 1,198 kg (2,641 pounds). It’s a bit heavier than the F1, which weighed in at 1,138 kg (2,509 pounds), but it’s very impressive for a modern supercar.

Power comes from an upgraded version of the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine that McLaren introduced in the 720S. On top of the upgraded components, the powerplant also gained lighter internals. Although the successor to the P1 was expected to be a hybrid, there’s no electric motor in the Senna. The decision is somewhat awkward given McLaren’s aim to electrify its entire lineup, but maybe the Brits are planning another supercar with a gasoline-electric combo.


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“Power comes from an upgraded version of the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine”

But despite not being backed by an electric motor, the V-8 is plenty powerful, being rated at 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 79 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of twist over the 720S. Compared to the P1 in gasoline-only mode, it’s a 62-horsepower and 59-pound-foot upgrade. However, the Senna is actually 114 horsepower and 133 pound-feet below the P1’s total hybrid rating. It’s a bit disappointing that a brand-new supercar is less powerful than its predecessor, but the better power-to-weight ratio (659 horsepower per tonne vs. 647) and the superior aerodynamics should make it quicker and more agile. Unfortunately, McLaren has yet to release 0-to-60 acceleration and top speed figures.

Beyond the power rating, the V-8 uses motorsport-honed dry sump lubrication and a flat-plane crankshaft. A dual-clutch, seamless-shift, seven-speed transmission delivers the power to the rear wheels. The fully automatic mode is default, but the driver can choose full manual control of gear shifts via carbon-fiber paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

McLaren Senna McLaren 720S McLaren P1 McLaren P1 Hybrid
Engine 4.0-liter V-8 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 plus electric motor
Horsepower 789 HP 710 HP @ 7,500 RPM 727 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Torque 590 LB-FT 568 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM 531 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
Combined output 903 HP
Combined torque 1,100 LB-FT
Transmission Dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox
Weight 2,641 LBS 2,828 Lbs 3,075 Lbs 3,075 Lbs
0 to 60 mph TBA 2.8 seconds 2.8 seconds 2.8 seconds
Top Speed TBA 212 mph 217 mph 217 mph

Suspension and Brakes


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The Senna rides on a RaceActive Chassis Control II hydraulic suspension that works in conjunction with the front and rear active aerodynamics system. The double-wishbone features hydraulically interconnected dampers and hydraulic anti-roll bars instead of the conventional mechanical units. The whole system is a further development of the variable stiffness and ride height technology first seen in the McLaren P1

The stiffness is controlled using a kinetic roll system, while a new Race mode lowers the ride height, lowers the center of gravity, and stiffens the suspension.

Stooping power comes from a new, advanced braking system with carbon-ceramic discs. The wheels, which are limited to just one design with a race-spec center nut, come wrapped in bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. Made specifically for the McLaren Senna, these tires were designed for the race track but approved for road use.

Prices


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Pricing for the McLaren Senna starts from £750,000 including taxes in the United Kingdom. This converts to around $1 million as of December 2017, but we’ll have to wait for official pricing for the U.S. market for an exact figure.

Interestingly enough, the Senna costs less than the P1, which retailed from £866,000 in the U.K. Having said that, it’s likely that U.S.pricing for the Senna will be lower than the P1, so expect it to fetch less than $1.35 million. I’d venture to say that the supercar will start from around $1.15 million.

Production of the Senna will be limited to 500 units, which is 125 more than the P1, which was built in 375 examples. According to McLaren, the entire production run is already sold out. The official debut will take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

Competition

Finding competitors for the Senna is a difficult task. While there are plenty of powerful supercars out there, like the Ferrari 812 Superfast and the Bugatti Chiron, none are as capable at the track as the Senna. The Aston Martin Vulcan would have what it takes to give the McLaren a run for its money, but you can’t drive it on public roads. This leaves us with just two high-profile supercars that have yet to be launched for sale as of December 2017.

Aston Martin Valkyrie


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Developed with input from Formula One genius Adrian Newey, the Valkyrie is as innovative as the Senna. It has aggressive aerodynamics, F1-inspired styling, and loads of unique features that you can’t see on other production cars. And it’s road legal. Wild-looking on the outside, the Valkyrie is very simple on the inside, where Aston Martin took the same no-nonsense approach as McLaren. This car is made almost entirely of carbon-fiber and, unlike the Senna, it’s being designed to deliver a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Specifics aren’t yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the Valkyrie will crank out more than 1,000 horsepower and hit 60 mph from a standing start in only 2.5 seconds. Power is supposed to come from a 6.5-liter V-12 engine, but it’s not yet known whether it will be part of a hybrid drivetrain or not. Production will be limited to “between 99 to 150 vehicles,” including the prototypes and the 25 track-only cars, so it will be quite the rare gem. It will be more expensive than the McLaren too, as it will cost more than the Vulcan, which retails for a whopping $2.3 million.

Read our full story on the 2018 Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Mercedes-AMG Concept One


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AMG’s very first supercar project isn’t supposed to arrive until 2019, but we already know a few things about it. Styling-wise, the most noticeable thing about it is that it doesn’t look like a Mercedes. Second; it’s not as radical as the Senna and the Valkyrie, but this isn’t a bad thing if you like more subdued designs. Still, it’s supposed to have race-like aerodynamics and downforce for solid performance on the track. And yes, it will be road legal too. The interior follows the same “form follows function” ethos with a clutter-free dashboard and a simple center console. But unlike the competition, it has massive displays in the center stack and the instrument cluster. The steering wheel is a tad more complicated too. Just like the Senna and the Valkyrie, there’s carbon-fiber almost everywhere you look. Motivation comes from a Formula One drivetrain that combines a 1.6-liter V-6 with an electrically-boosted turbocharger and an electric motor connected to the crankshaft. Total system output is expected to exceed 1,000 horsepower. Unlike the competition, the Concept One will also be able to run on electricity alone, albeit for only 15 miles or so.

Read our full review of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG Concept One.

Conclusion


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I feel I should wait for the performance specs before making such a statement, but the McLaren Senna is the most radical supercar ever built. The aerodynamics seem to be out of this world, and the power-to-weight ratio is downright tremendous. To the extent that the Senna doesn’t need to be more powerful than its predecessor. Yeah, sure, I’m surprised that the Senna isn’t McLaren’s most powerful vehicle yet, but power isn’t always everything, especially in the case of cars that need to perform well on the track too. And the Senna was designed to do just that. It’s a race car that somehow is legal to use on public roads, and not many companies can do that. Yes, the Bugatti Chiron, for instance, is more powerful and has the higher top speed, but it simply sucks at the track. It wasn’t built to race, and it doesn’t have the ability to do so. As a race-ready vehicle for the road, the Senna is a unique car at this point, and the fact that it looks so radical only makes it that much better. Over to you, Ferrari.

A Tribute to Ayrton Senna


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“The car is named after Ayrton Senna, one of the world's greatest Formula One drivers”

The car is named after Ayrton Senna, one of the world’s greatest Formula One drivers. Senna raced Formula One cars for 11 years, six of which it spent with McLaren. The Brazilian joined McLaren in 1988, after four years with Toleman and Lotus, when the British firm was racing Honda engines. Senna went on to win his first championship with McLaren in 1988 while finishing the 1989 season in second position. Two more titles followed in 1990 and 1991, helping McLaren become one of the most prominent F1 constructors at the time. His 1992 season was less impressive with a fourth-place finish, while in 1993 he lost the championship to Alain Prost. In 1994, Senna made the switch to Williams. The Brazilian driver died following a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix, when his car left the racing line at nearly 200 mph, running into a concrete wall. McLaren has won a total of eight constructors’ championship between 1974 and 1998, four of them scored with Ayrton Senna in the team.

“Our family is extremely proud of the naming of the new Ultimate Series McLaren Senna. This is the first project that really connects with Ayrton’s racing spirit and performance. The McLaren Senna honors my uncle because it is so utterly dedicated to delivering a circuit experience that allows a driver to be the best they can possibly be. There is an absolute, seamless connection between car and driver and this pure engagement, these sensory cues that a driver responds to and relies upon, ensure an experience so focused and immersive that you are left in awe of the depths of excellence the McLaren Senna possesses,” said Bruno Senna, racing driver and McLaren ambassador.

  • Leave it
    • Performance specs not yet available
    • Where’s the center-mounted driver seats?
    • Already sold out

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Senna Is a Hypercar for Road & Track

For all the mystery surrounding the nature of the first McLaren Ultimate Series, the car was unveiled rather unceremoniously at midnight last night. And, well, it’s named after a dead man. But what a man! The all-new McLaren Senna is the “ultimate” car in every way, offering unrivaled performance on both road and track. 

At least that is the pitch. The spec sheet is not particularly overwhelming. McLaren Senna has only 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft) to play with, which by the standards of today’s hypercars is not that impressive. But this thing is a racer at heart, and as such it does not rely entirely on power for speed. The Senna puts a premium on lightness, focused and sophisticated chassis, and advanced electronics. That is why it could potentially beat all the other hypercars, and some race cars, at a circuit race. Think of this car as the ultimate 720S.

Weighing at 1,198kg (2,641lbs), the modern-day McLaren F1 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS-per-tonne, which is the real key to its performance. McLaren Senna features carbon fibre chassis and body panels, a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 engine with no electric assistance, race-derived suspension, electro-hydraulic steering, and rear wheel drive. So it’s fair to say this car is not built to smash any quarter-mile or top speed records. But it could be the fastest thing ever to go around the Nurburgring.

The Senna is also not built for showing off. The design is dramatic for sure, but McLaren admits it’s more form following function. That is why they haven’t shied away from using massive aero parts to achieve their downforce goal. And to hell with beauty and style. You want that, go get a Pagani. Likewise, the interior is pretty spartan, featuring a couple of seats, a big display and a ton of carbon fiber.













Then again, McLaren Senna is not priced like most high-end hypercars. It starts at £750,000 at the factory for a limited run of 500 cars, with deliveries expected from the third quarter of 2018. Needless to say, when it reaches the free market it is going to be well over a million quid,but it’ll probably never surpass the kind of money a Huayra or a Chiron commands.

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PostHeaderIcon Meet the 2019 McLaren Senna – Track-Going Evil With a Hunger For the Road

The McLaren Senna, aka the P15, has finally arrived and it comes to the party toting a 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque – the most powerful engine that McLaren has stuffed in a road-going supercar so far. But, it’s not just the power that makes this thing downright potent. See, the Senna is also the lightest road-going car built by McLaren to date (with the exception of the legendary F1,) tipping the scales at just 1,198 kg or 2,641 pounds – that’s less than the minimum curb weight for the 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Subaru BRZ, and the BMW 3 Series. And, it’s no more than 300 pounds heavier than the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Sure, they are in a different class, but that’s the point. All told the car is so light that it has a power-to-weight ratio of 658 horsepower per ton – a staggering figure to say the least. Those are just the basics, though, so keep reading to learn more!

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2019 McLaren Senna Details


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“The chassis and body panels are all composed of carbon fiber, with the chassis being the Monocage III, an evolution of the structure that underpins the McLaren 720S”

With the basics out of the way, let’s talk a little more about helps make the Senna possible. It starts out with an ultralightweight construction from head to toe. The chassis and body panels are all composed of carbon fiber, with the chassis being the Monocage III, an evolution of the structure that underpins the McLaren 720S.
Then you’ve got the aerodynamics. We’re talking about an all-new generation of aerodynamics from McLaren, with every single inch of the body designed to optimize downforce and aerodynamic balance in all conditions. In the rear, you’ve got that massive double diffuser that quite literally sucks the Senna to the ground to go with a carbon fiber wing that sits just 1,219 mm off the road at a standstill. Hit the gas, and that wing adjusts constantly, even functioning as a true-to-life airbrake under extreme braking load.

Despite the fact that this car looks absolutely crazy on the outside – and by crazy, I mean extreme – what really tells you that this road-going car was bred for the track is the interior. First off, you’ll notice the interior is all about business. There is carbon fiber everywhere and a serious lack of trim panels to save weight. Driver controls are at a minimum with most features being controlled through the infotainment screen and MFDD. Still not enough to say this thing is really a track monster? Well, you can bring a passenger (barely), but there’s no room for anything outside of what you can fit in your pockets. Behind the seats, you’ll find just enough room for helmets and race suits. That’s it; nothing else.


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“As mentioned previously, that 4.0-liter delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet, but what’s important to know is that it, too, is ultralightweight”

As mentioned previously, that 4.0-liter delivers 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet, but what’s important to know is that it, too, is ultralightweight. We’re talking a dry sump lubrication system, flat plane crank, and as many lightweight components as McLaren could muster up. A pair of ultra-low inertia, twin-scroll turbos cram as much air into the engine as possible while the electronic wastegates keep the throttle on point. Shifting duties are handled by a dual-clutch seven-speed that features seamless-shift technology. Automatic mode is the standard mode, but switch over to manual mode, and you can peg the engine any way you want with those paddles behind the steering wheel.

Under the carbon fiber sits a RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II) suspension system. It works together with all those active aero components to keep things steady. It’s a double-wishbone system with hydraulic dampers, eliminating the need for mechanical anti-roll bars. It allows for variable stiffness just like on the McLaren P1, but it has been improved. Meanwhile, the braking system of the Senna is also just as extreme. Specs at this point are nil, but McLaren says they are the most advanced ever fitted to a car that wears the McLaren badge. All we know thus far is that that utilize carbon ceramic discs. The ride behind ultralightweight alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.


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“The McLaren Senna will be built in just 500 examples at a price of £750,00 or just over $1 million here in the U.S.”

Now, for the bad news. The McLaren Senna will be built in just 500 examples at a price of £750,00 or just over $1 million here in the U.S. Not that it matters, though, as all 500 models have already been “assigned” to customers. Seriously, though. Do people actually go through an application process or does McLaren actually assign new models to its customers? Back to the topic at hand, the new Senna will make it’s world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next March at which point we should be able to get some real performance specs. We’ll be updating our full review of the McLaren Senna in the next couple of days so check back soon to hear even more about this new road-going track monster!

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PostHeaderIcon ICYMI: The Next McLaren Ultimate Series, Code Named P15, Will Debut This Saturday!

The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm EST. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.

The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!

Update 12/8/2017: This short article was updated with proper Eastern time zone format and a new title. Check back with us Saturday evening to get the scoop on the new McLaren Ultimate Series car

Most Recent McLaren P15 Teaser


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Special Operations Creates Special Paint with Family History

McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division is capable of creating some of the most visually arresting iterations of McLaren models you’ll ever see. Models like the 720 Velocity, 650S Project Kilo, and 720S Zenith Black are all good examples of MSO’s personalization skills. That level of creativity also helps the division create unique colors that have backstories of their own. Recently, MSO decided to tap into the roots Bruce McLaren to create a color that had ties to the life of the company’s founder. And so, the Muriwai White shade was born.


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“Muriwai White is a special shade of white that carries subtle hints of blue, the latter of which you can only see if you look at the car at certain angles”

That specific shade of white served as the inspiration behind the Muriwai White shape that McLaren Special Operations is premiering on a 570S Spider. It’s a special shade of white that carries subtle hints of blue, the latter of which you can only see if you look at the car at certain angles. Amanda McLaren, Bruce’s daughter, was instrumental in deciding the color that would be created in her father’s memory. Apparently, the younger McLaren had the perfect idea in mind: use the same colors that featured on the house she grew up in and attach the name of the estate to it.


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“The new Muriwai White paint finish isn’t going to be a one-off color”

“My mother Patty had been at a dinner party with a palm reader, who told her she’d live in a big white house with blue doors and shutters,” McLaren said in a statement announcing the launch of the special color. “Whether by destiny or design, that is what transpired and Muriwai was a place of pride for Bruce and comfort to Patty years after my father’s premature death in 1970 at the age of 32.”

The new Muriwai White paint finish isn’t going to be a one-off color. Once the color premieres on the 570S Spider, customers can ask for the specific paint on any McLaren model through MSO.

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PostHeaderIcon Muriwai White Is the Latest McLaren MSO Color

When you are as big and as respected as McLaren Automotive is right now, you can make up with color that isn’t special at all, put a fancy name on it, and charge people a lot of money for the privilege of having it. That is pretty much the deal with the latest McLaren MSO color, Muriwai White.

Conceived by Bruce McLaren’s daughter Amanda, Muriwai White has no doubt a cool backstory. Muriwai is the New Zealand coastal community where Bruce McLaren won his first motor race at the age of 15 and the name chosen for his family house in England that was painted in a blueish white colour. That’s all great, but to look at it you wouldn’t call this shade anything but plain old white. But hey, you can always take a few minutes and explain the history of the color to people you meet, right? Just don’t be surprised if they slowly pulled away from you or fainted with boredom.

Muriwai White was initially offered for the 570 Spider, but is now available for entire Sports Series range.

My mother Patty had been at a dinner party with a palm reader, who told her she’d live in a big white house with blue doors and shutters,” revealed Amanda. “Whether by destiny or design, that is what transpired and Muriwai was a place of pride for Bruce and comfort to Patty years after my father’s premature death in 1970 at the age of 32. Muriwai was always special to my father; the exotic name as much as the house. Forty-two kilometres’ northwest of Auckland, it’s where he grew up and won his first hill climb, aged 15, at the wheel of an Ulster Austin which remains in McLaren’s heritage collection in Woking.”

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Sports Series Gets Winter Tires from Pirelli

It is not really recommended that you bring out your sports car during the cold and wet months. But if you are adamant you need to drive your McLaren Sports Series this winter, the company has got your back. They have teamed up with Italian giant Pirelli to get you some extra grippy tires. 

The McLaren Winter Wheels and Tyres set is the package put together for your safety and enjoyment, and it feature four four, 14-spoke Lightweight Forged wheels in Stealth finish, fitted with Pirelli MC Sottozero 3 winter tyres and incorporating the McLaren tyre pressure monitoring system. It is exclusively available for McLaren Sports Series – that is the 540C, 570S, 570GT and new 570S Spider in layman’s terms – and it comes ready to be bolted on the car, offering optimal grip and control in adverse conditions. Because of their special tread pattern resulting in high drainage level and the special materials used in the making of the rubber, the set also improves the braking performance of the car on slippery surfaces.

McLaren has not announced the pricing of Winter Wheels and Tyres for McLaren Sport Series yet.






“Choosing the right type of tyre to suit seasonal weather and road conditions should be a priority for every McLaren driver wanting to enjoy their car safely all-year round,” commented Carl Whipp, Aftersales Director, McLaren Automotive. “Regardless of whether winter tyres are a legal requirement, having them ready and waiting on a second set of wheels will allow customers to switch to the optimum tyre choice quickly and easily when winter arrives – which is why we have teamed up with our tyre partner, Pirelli, to offer the McLaren Winter Wheels and Tyres set exclusively through McLaren Retailers.”

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2019 McLaren 720S GT3

Launched in 2014, the McLaren Super Series included a batch of spectacular sports cars. Alongside the base 650S model, the British firm also launched the higher performance 675LT and the race-spec 650S GT3. Light, fast, and packed with the latest technology, the Super Series became McLaren’s most successful car. However, the British carmaker decided to replace it after only three years on the market. Its successor is called the 720S and boasts improvements in just about any department. It’s been six months since the 720S was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and McLaren announced that a race-spec GT3 version is also underway.

The new 720S GT3 will replace the 650S GT3, a vehicle that scored titles in all major motorsport series, including the Asian Le Mans Series, Australian GT championship, the Bathurst 12 Hour, Blancpain Endurance Cup and Pirelli World Challenge. But it won’t happen right away. Much like the 570S GT4, the 720S GT3 will have a trial season in 2018 and will completely replace the 650S in 2019, when it will be launched for customer teams.

In addition to the new race car, McLaren also announced plans to introduce a new racing program and a one-make GT series for customers. It’s also planning to appoint a network of motorsport retailers which will sell road and track products alongside each other. But more about all of this below.

Exterior

  • Built around MonoCage II carbon structure
  • Carbon-fiber body
  • Redesigned bumper with big splitter
  • Vented front hood and fenders
  • Carbon side skirts
  • Large rear wing
  • Race-spec diffuser

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“The GT3-spec vehicle is built around the same MonoCage II carbon-fiber structure of the road car”

While the 650S GT3 was launched with an actual car, the 720S GT3 is not yet ready to show itself to the world. Apparently McLaren was in a bit of a rush to unveil the car and rolled out some of the details with only two design sketches. Granted, they’re well made and seem to portray a production-ready car, but the final design could see a few changes.

The GT3-spec vehicle is built around the same MonoCage II carbon-fiber structure of the road car, while the outer shell is also made from lightweight composite and carbon-fiber. However, the exterior is significantly different due to the bespoke aerodynamic package that McLaren created specifically for this model.

“The entire bumper is made from exposed carbon-fiber, as is the big splitter”

The race car looks very familiar up front, but there are plenty of changes to talk about. For starters, the entire bumper section underneath the nose was redesigned. The intakes are taller, wider, and sport a different shape. The entire section made from exposed carbon-fiber, as is the big splitter that nearly touche the ground. The bumper’s aerodynamics are further enhanced by a pair of upswept canards on each side. Due to their placement, the latter forced McLaren to remove the small vents on the fenders.

The front hood now has a new center section with big intakes that improve drivetrain cooling. Much like all modern race cars in the GT3 category, the fenders also have vents just above the front wheels. It doesn’t get more aggressive than this!


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“The rear end is quite radical to look at, and it's not just the massive wing”

Changes are less significant onto the sides, but the GT3 sports more massive side skirts, aerodynamically optimized mirrors, and redesigned panels where the front fenders meet the doors. While the road car has a small, angled vent just behind the fender, the race car has a taller opening that’s almost vertical. We can also see a bigger vent in the side skirt, added to feed more air into the engine and the rear braking system.

The rear end is quite radical to look at, and it’s not just the massive wing that changes the car’s appearance. The 720S already sports an aggressive diffuser in standard spec, but McLaren redesigned the unit for track duty. The new diffuser includes no fewer than nine vertical slats and looks as if it’s ready to rake the tarmac of the track. The bumper was heavily modified too, with the rear wheels now being completely exposed toward the back. Mmm, sexy!
The exhaust pipes were moved a bit higher in the fascia and brought close together. On the standard model, they’re far apart, with pipes mounted to the inner side of the taillights. The decklid includes additional vents, while the carbon-fiber center section that holds the red light and tow hood appears to float into the fascia.

All told, the 720S GT3 is by far the most menacing race car McLaren has built to date.

Interior

  • Driver-focused cabin
  • Racing, FIA-approved seat
  • Full roll cage
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Lightweight configuration

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Note: Interior of the standard McLaren 720S pictured here.

“The cabin should include an all-new race seat equipped with a six-point race harness”

McLaren had nothing to say about the car’s interior, but much like the 650S GT3, driver safety should be one of the key areas McLaren focused while developing 720S GT3. Protection offered by the already solid carbon-fiber MonoCell chassis will be enhanced with the addition an FIA-approved roll cage, probably lighter than the one in the 650S GT3, but drivers should also benefit from increased leg and headroom, which is more than welcomed during those long, 24-hour endurance events.

The race car should also come with an all-new race seat equipped with a six-point race harness. Naturally, the seat will be built to FIA standards and mounted to the chassis. The dash will be stripped off any unnecessary equipment, while the standard instrument cluster will make way for a custom display that will show vital parameters, including speed and fuel consumption. A new, Formula One-inspired steering wheel and a center stack packed with buttons, knobs, and switches should round off the cabin.

Drivetrain

  • Race-spec 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Around 500 horsepower
  • Six-speed sequential transmission
  • Adjustable dampers
  • Coil-over springs
  • New ECU

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Note: Standard McLaren 720S drivetrain pictured here.

“The 720S GT3 will draw juice from the same engine as the road-going model”

Just like its predecessor, the 720S GT3 will draw juice from the same engine as the road-going model. And by “same” I mean that it will have the same displacement and numbers of cylinder, because everything else will be revised for track duty. The engine in question is a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in the 720S. Although larger than the familiar 3.8-liter unit, the 4.0-liter powerplant is a development of the former.

No word on output, but it’s safe to assume that the GT3 car won’t be as powerful as the road going model. For instance, the 650S GT3 had 493 horsepower, a 148-horsepower decrease compared to the road car. The 720S GT3 should have a similar output, but it all depends on the curb weight. Should the new GT3 be lighter, expect output to be lower as well. One thing’s certain, don’t expect it to be as powerful as the road car, which cranks out a whopping 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

The V-8 will mate to a six-speed sequential transmission and will use new ECU for turbo boost and shift control. Chassis upgrades will include adjustable dampers and coil-over springs front and rear. Unfortunately, that’s all McLaren was willing to share as of this writing, but it’s worth noting that the overall, the GT3 car isn’t radically different from the road car in terms of drivetrain and chassis components.

Prices

McLaren race cars don’t come cheap and they usually fetch more than their road-legal counterparts. The 650S GT3 was priced at £330,000 back in 2015 and it’s safe to assume that the 720S GT3 will retail for more than that. My best guess is that it will fetch in excess of £360,000, which converts to around $480,000 as of November 2017. Production is likely to be limited to no more than 20 or 30 units.

Competition


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“The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a certainty for 2019, as is the Ferrari 488 GT3”

Since it won’t hit the track as a customer car until 2019, it’s difficult to estimate what kind of competition this car will have, mostly because vehicle that are being raced today might not be around a year from now. In 2017, the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup was populated by race cars like the Mercedes-AMG GT3, Audi R8 LMS, Bentley Continental GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, BMW M6 GT3, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R. While some may get replacements by 2019, a few of these cars will carry on to compete against the McLaren 720S GT3.


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The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a certainty for 2019. Built around the AMG GT coupe, the GT3 packs a large amount of aerodynamic upgrades and a race-spec version of the the company’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. The Ferrari 488 GT3 is another race car that will carry on for at least two more years. While Merc finished the season second behind Aston Martin in the Pro class, Ferrari won the Am division. Next up is the Bentley Continental GT3, which just got a complete redesign for 2018. Lighter, more aerodynamic and powered by a new engine, the Conti begins next season as the overall champion. A new Vantage GT3 based on the fresh, second-generation model should also follow now that Aston Martin has unveiled the GTE car. McLaren will face competition from the same cars in the Pirelli World Challenge series in the United States.

New Racing Program and Network


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“McLaren is opening the Driver Development Programme to find young motorsport talent”

The 720S GT3 will meet its customers through a new network of motorsport dealers that will retail road and track products alongside each other. Owners will also be able to compete in a one-make GT series in what McLaren describes as an attempt to “bring customers even closer to the action than ever before.” The new series that will race in 2018 at iconic European racing circuits and is aimed at owners who already have extensive track driving experience and are looking to take their first steps in the racing world. All participants will be guided by McLaren motorsport experts.

Finally, the brand is opening the Driver Development Programme to find young motorsport talent. McLaren has already selected four promising British drivers from an existing stable, who will compete during the 570S GT4 in 2018. The project aims to identify and develop talent for future McLaren factory drivers. Each will be assigned a professional mentor from McLaren’s team of drivers, fitness and nutrition assessments, PR, marketing, and sponsorship support.
Drivers will be regularly assessed and evaluated before being promoted to higher levels. The International Driver Development Programme will kick off in 2019.

Brief McLaren GT3 History


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“McLaren returned to GT racing in 2011 with a race-spec version of the MP4-12C sports car”

McLaren returned to GT racing in 2011 with a race-spec version of the MP4-12C sports car. The 12C GT3 was raced for five years (until 2015) and won 19 races, also scoring further 19 podiums. The 2011 season was rather brief, with only a handful of cars produced, but the 12C GT3 raced at the Spa 24 Hours and the Macau Grand Prix. In 2012, McLaren readied 25 more race cars for a full racing season in the FIA GT1 championship. It scored its first win at the Circuito the Navarra in Spain. It’s final race was at the Three Hours of Sepang in January 2016.


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The 650S GT3 came in to replace the 12C GT3 in 2015, but 12C owners were offered the chance to upgrade to 650S specifications. As of 2017, the 650S was entered in more than 100 events, scoring 15 overall wins, two class wins, and more than 20 additional podiums. By far its most important achievements were winning the 12 Hours of Bathurst and the Blancpain Endurance Series teams’ championship in 2016.

Conclusion


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It’s definitely to early to make any predictions here, but the 720S GT3 should become at least as successful as its 12C- and 650S-based predecessors. It’s lighter, it has a new engine, and improved aerodynamics, so there isn’t much that could go wrong. Sure, anything is possible in motorsport and the competition is hot in both the Blancpain and Pirelli series, but McLaren has enough experience to deliver a potent and reliable car to its customers. That fact that it comes with a racing program makes it that much better.

  • Leave it
    • Still a rendering
    • Not available until 2019
    • Stiff competition

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S GT3 Race Car Officially Announced

McLaren GT, the racing arm of McLaren Automotive, announced today the start of a project that will bring about a GT3 racing version of the highly praised 720S road car. Set for launch in 2019, the still far off McLaren 720S GT3 will phaseout the current 650-based racers.

The parallel development of racing cars based on every new production model is one of the reasons McLaren has been so successful in so short a time.since its re-establishment in 2010. Not only is motorsport a fertile ground for developing and testing new technologies in terms of electronics, aerodynamics and such, the racing background gives McLaren road cars a lot of street cred – or rather track cred – which is why their products are so coveted the world over. Now one would argue there is no need for a McLaren 720S GT3 seeing that the production version is doing so well. But you see, the 720S is just the first in this generation of Super Series models. There will a bunch more where that came from, each meaner and more serious than the last.

Previewed in these concept sketches, the McLaren 720S GT3 is at the very start of development right now. But the company promises to have the race car ready for customer teams before the start of 2019 season. The car looks pretty darn hot in these renderings, featuring a massive aero kit consisting of super aggressive front and rear spoilers and splitters and diffusers, wide arches, and carbon winglets to better channel the air around the car for the ultimate goal of creating lots of downforce. We have a sneaking suspicion that by the time McLaren gets around making the 720 GT3 tuners have made this package into a after market body kit for road-going models.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO

2018 McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO

Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S is the second addition to the Woking brand’s Super Series line, offering high-end exotic performance and styling in a more accessible package. Indeed, a daily driver supercar makes for a great fit in a place like Dubai, and as such, McLaren just dropped the above-featured one-off as the piece de resistance for this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. Built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the brand’s in-house tuners and creative customization team, it’s dubbed the Zenith Black, and its got a careful selection of styling upgrades both inside and out that are sure to get noticed, even when the local police force consists of hoverbikes and Bugatti Veyrons.

All told, this is an utterly unique creation, as indicated by the “1 of 1” placard inside the cabin. MSO spent an extra 120 hours on top of the usual production process to bring it to life, and overall, we think it looks great. The theme pays homage to the idea of “achievement” in a distinctive fashion – read on to learn exactly what that means.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO.

What Makes The McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO Special

  • One-off bespoke model
  • Black and gold color scheme inside and out
  • Gold wheels
  • Gold paddle shifters
  • Lots of carbon fiber extras for the exterior
  • 24-carat gold heat shield
  • Rear wing painted to resemble Dubai skyline
  • Bruce McLaren quote in Arabic
  • Customization took 120 hours to complete
  • Stock twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8

For starters, the whole car comes draped in a menacing shade called Zenith Black, complete in a soft, gloss-free satin finish. Further exterior upgrades include a carbon fiber exterior package, which tosses in composite components for the front splitter, door mirror stalks, rear aero bridge, air intakes, roof, rear diffuser, engine cover, rear deck, and rear bumper. Each component is offered as part of the MSO Defined line of extras.

The alloy wheels stand out thanks to their gold finish and look quite good against the understated black paint and carbon extras. There’s also a 24-carat gold heat shield for the engine cover, much like the venerable McLaren F1 from the ‘90s.


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“More gold coloring was added inside the cabin as well, enhancing the paddle shifters, steering wheel central spokes, and inner door line”

More gold coloring was added inside the cabin as well, enhancing the paddle shifters, steering wheel central spokes, and inner door line. Once again, we think the color combo works quite well, and comes offset by black Alcantara upholstery, black leather trim, and carbon embellishments for the side sills, fascia vents, and steering wheel.

However, the most memorable detail of the Zenith Black can be found on the rear wing, which was also painted with gold detailing and took 30 hours to complete.
Interestingly, the wing now bears a quote from Mr. Bruce McLaren himself, finished in Arabic and stylized to resemble the Dubai skyline. The quote reads: “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”


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“The wing bears a quote from Mr. Bruce McLaren himself, finished in Arabic and stylized to resemble the Dubai skyline”

Basically, Bruce was saying that the number of years you’re alive isn’t the only measure of a life, but rather, the achievements made during that time are just as important. Indeed, the idea of “achievement” was the driving force behind the commission, as explained by McLaren brass Andreas Bareis: “The quote from Bruce McLaren rings true not only of the history of McLaren but also the achievements of the U.A.E. and the Gulf states over the last four decades. The U.A.E. and the region are very important to McLaren, not only in terms of our client base but also because of the support from our shareholders. This car pays tribute to that.”

Finally, the engine spec and speed remain unchanged, with a stock twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 mounted behind the cabin. Output is measured at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 720S.

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PostHeaderIcon Next McLaren Ultimate Series Will Debut On December 10

The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 10, 2017, at 00:01 GMT. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.

The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!

Most Recent McLaren P15 Teaser


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First McLaren P15 Teaser


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Possible McLaren P15 Spy Shots

Top Speed McLaren P15 Rendering


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PostHeaderIcon McLaren 720S MSO for Dubai Inspired by Bruce McLaren

Dubai Motor Show 2017 saw the debut of a new bespoke McLaren 720S MSO for Dubai. Built to order based on a special commission a a tribute to the city of Dubai, this sating black and gold 720S is inspired by the words of the company’s founder Bruce McLaren. The thing is though, his words are written in Arabic on the rear wing.

As far as unique touches go, that’s really something. The famous quote by Bruce, which you will find below, is represented in Arabic script in gold, stylised to echo the Dubai skyline. The 1 of 1 McLaren 720S MSO for Dubai also features Zenith Black paint with a satin finish, gold-coloured alloy wheels, a 24-carat gold engine heatshield and gold-coloured interior components. There is also a unique plaque inside commemorating the build of this special model which apparently added more than 120 hours to the production process. The rear wing alone took 30 hours to complete.

Besides the unique gold touches, the McLaren 720S MSO for Dubai comes with MSO Defined carbon fibre exterior upgrade packs including rear diffuser, front splitter and air intakes, rear bumper and roof panel, plus door mirror arms, rear aero bridge and deck and engine covers. The interior is garnished with black Alcantara and black leather trim, MSO Defined carbon fibre sill panels, fascia vents and steering wheel, regular carbon fibre interior upgrade pack, satin gold-painted extended gearshift paddles, a satin gold-coloured centre band to the steering wheel and pinstriping in the same hue to the spokes.

Mechanically, the car is a standard 720S with a 4.0 V8 twin-turbocharged engine capable of accelerating from 0 – 200km/h (0 – 124mph) in just 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 341km/h (212mph). The owner will take delivery of the car after the show.









“To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone”. Bruce McLaren, From the Cockpit, 1964

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren Ultimate Series Road Car Confirmed

Before we get to see the highly-anticipated BP23 Hyper-GT, McLaren is going to gives an extreme road car. This is the successor to the P1, the modern-day F1, the hypercar with the central driving position. It is a  McLaren Ultimate Series road car set to be the “most extreme, track-concentrated road car McLaren has yet designed.”

That is certainly mouth-watering, even though the “track-concentrated” part means it is going to be a highly focused car. And the reason that is not such a good news is such hypercars often sacrifice style and comfort and other good, yummy things in pursuit of speed. To be honest we have enough fast cars out there. We would rather see something that is breathtakingly beautiful, or exquisitely-built, or technologically mind-blowing – you know, something like Koenigsegg Regera.

But McLaren only known howto build fast cars and they do it very well indeed. The new McLaren Ultimate Series, which will be released ahead of BP23 hyper track car in early 2018, is going to be hardcore. McLaren is already admitting “daily usability is being sacrificed to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit.” But they also describe its design as brutal, so although it may not be a good road car, at least it’ll be awesome to look at. So far we only have the design of the triple exhaust pipes to admire about it.

As with the BP23, this Ultimate Series model will be produced in very limited numbers and boast a wince-inducing price tag. The name and technical specification of the new McLaren will be revealed over the coming months.

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PostHeaderIcon Two New McLarens on the Way; McLaren P15 Teased

McLaren has thrown us all for a loop, announcing that the P15 is set to make its debut in the first months of 2018. More importantly, however, is the note that says deliveries of the already-sold-out supercar will begin prior to the debut of a third Ultimate Series model – one codenamed BP23 – that is billed as the world’s first “Hyper-GT.”

What in the world is going on here? McLaren has been quite shady lately, hasn’t it? Most of the world was expecting the P15 to be the world’s first Hyper-GT, and yet here we are finding out that it’s the BP23, a future model, that will sport that designation. Are our previously posted spy shots of a McLaren in camo really the P15, or are they of the BP23? Well, it’s hard to say, but I’ll talk more about that in the coming days. For now, let’s talk about the fact that the already-sold-out P15 has finally been teased, well if you consider exhaust outlets a teaser, that is. Of course, this does little in the way of filling us in with even the slightest information, but hey, it’s a start. In six months, we’ll know everything, so until then, we have to make do with the knowledge that it’s being billed as the “most extreme, track-concentrated, road car” that the British brand has ever designed. Usually, I would chalk that off as a lot of PR talk as I wiped the McLaren manjuice from my lips, but McLaren always delivers, and right on time, too.

The P15 will be produced in very limited numbers, just like the P1 and P1 GTR. It will be road legal, despite the focus of it being so track-concentrated. McLaren says it has gone so far as to sacrifice daily usability just to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit. McLaren also says that the design is “brutal” and follows the company’s philosophy of “form follows function.” Keep holding your breath if you want to know more, but don’t worry, you’ll only turn 30 different shades of blue – McLaren has promised more details and the cars official name by the end of the year. Sounds like an exciting Christmas present, don’t you think?

Interesting in knowing more about the P1 and the Ultimate Series? Keep reading to get the full scoop.

The P15 Teaser


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At this point, little is know about the McLaren P15, and this teaser only adds to the mystery. What we can see is that it has three exhaust outlets that are ever so gracefully planted within a hexagonal cutout that will likely reside somewhere in the middle of the rear end. The thing is, however, is that there will actually be two of these on the car – one for each bank of cylinders. Whether or not the 3.8-liter V-8 will be used for this model remains to be seen, but with the P1 delivers 903 ponies with an electric motor, McLaren has to one-up itself in one way or another. The most likely method of power delivery will be the 3.8-liter along with a more powerful electric motor or a pair of electric motors that deliver twice the power. And, with the BP23 coming up sometime in the future, it certainly can’t be the best McLaren can do, so keep in mind that the P15 – or whatever McLaren will really call it – could, in theory, be capable of doing more if the setup will carry over with tweaks for the BP23. But, only time will tell on this matter.

What the Hell is this Car?


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These spy shots come directly from our 2019 McLaren P15 review, but the problem is that with the BP23 on the horizon too, we’re not sure what this really is. At first, we thought the P15 would be the “Hyper-GT” but, as it turns out, the BP23 is aimed at being the world’s first “Hyper-GT” so there’s no way of knowing for sure. It’s possible that it could be either, and since it is rocking factory test pipes for exhaust outlets, it is possible that the exhaust showcased in the teaser would fit into the rear – it’s just too early on to say for sure. What do you think? Is this the upcoming P15 that we’ll see if the first few months of 2018 or is this the BP23 that we’ll see sometime before the turn of the decade?

The Ultimate Series in a Nutshell


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In all reality, the Ultimate Series is actually quite new in automotive terms. It all started with the McLaren P1 which was also McLaren’s very first hybrid supercar. For a company that had never ventured into battery-assisted power before, you really have to give it some credit. Fast forward a few years, and now there’s two more models on the docket – the upcoming P15 and the third model, the BP23. Both still carry code names and are shrouded in mystery, but one this is for sure: McLaren isn’t wasting any time turning the Ultimate Series into a multi-model component of its core business. And, you could even technically say there are 2 models already in existence if you count the McLaren P1 GTR, but we’ll leave that discussion for another day. How many models of the P15 will be produced remains a complete mystery, but we know the BP23 will be produced to the tune of 106 examples, and – you guessed it – those are already spoken for. Talk about clout; the McLaren brand has such a reputation that it can sell out a car that won’t debut until after the next model shows up. Talk about crazy, huh?

The McLaren P1


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They say that looks aren’t everything, and they really aren’t, but the McLaren P1 really makes you question that philosophy. It’s elegant, sexy, aggressive, wild, and exquisite all in one extremely aerodynamic package. The interior is the same way, however, you’ll never see one that looks the same since every customer gets to specify their own materials. One may have leather-wrapped seats while another may have Alcantara – it’s all up to the customer’s taste. It’s a beautiful thing, but it’s also necessary when you shell out a hefty fortune for something that rolls on four wheels.


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Let’s not dismiss the fact that the car is incredibly fast, though. That 3.8-liter V-8 – the same one from the McLaren 12C – was tuned to otherworldly levels that, when paired with the electric motor, delivers 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. Word has it the electric motor itself delivers some 150 ponies and around 500 pound-feet, but we have yet to receives official specifics, so I wouldn’t bet your life on that one. All told, the hybrid supercar can deliver a 62-mph sprint in 2.8 seconds, a 124-mph sprint in 6.8 seconds, and a 186-mph sprint in a butthole-puckering 16.5 seconds. The quarter mile comes in 9.8 seconds at 152 mph while tip speed is limited to 217 mph. But, keep in mind, these numbers are only possible thanks to that crazy aero kit outside – it does deliver as much as 1200 pounds of downforce at high speed, so if you ever get the change to drive one, thank McLaren’s aerodynamics specialist for all four wheels staying on the ground.

McLaren P1 Drivetrain Specifications

Peak power 903 horsepower
Peak torque 1,100 pound-feet est
0 to 100 KM/H (62 MPH) 2.8 seconds
0 to 200 KM/H (124 MPH) 6.8 Seconds
0 to 300 KM/H (186 MPH) 16.5 Seconds
1/4-Mile 9.8 Seconds Ay 245 KM/H (152 MPH)
Top Speed 217-mph, limited
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) TBA/TBA/34 MPG
CO2 Emissions 194 G/KM
100 to 0 KM/H (60-0 MPH) 99 Feet / 2.9 Seconds
200 to 0 KM/H (124-0 MPH) 380 Feet / 4.5 Seconds
300 to 0 KM/H (186-0 MPH) 806 Feet / 6.2 Seconds

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PostHeaderIcon A New But Used McLaren F1 is for Sale and it’s like a Wet Dream come True

New but Used…. It’s not a term that you usually hear associated with an automobile, and if you do, it’s usually closer to “like-new” which means it’s pretty much a polished turd that looks just good enough and drives just good enough to trick you into buying it. This time around, however, that scenario is far from true and the car we’re talking about today is a McLaren F1. Naturally, you won’t find a brand-new F1 for sale since they’ve been out of production for some 20 years or so, but you better believe this is about as close as you’ll ever get. And, truth be told, it falls under that “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category.

According to Tom Hartley JNR, this F1 is the “lowest mileage F1 in existence,” which could very well be true considering it has just 239 kilometers on the clock – that’s right; 239 kilometers or about 148 miles. That’s all McLaren test miles that take place before delivery, so the rich Japanese man that official commissioned it clearly planned to treat it as an investment instead of the incredible machine it really is. Either way, his loss is someone else’s gain as this thing still has the protective wrapping on the inside which, more or less, is a testament to how mint this Pioneer of the supercar world really is.

In addition to the car itself, the F1 comes with its own list of goodies that include the LM style spare exhaust, and extra GTR steering wheel with an F1 logo, passenger over-carpets, and a windshield strip, all of which remain in the original, factory packaging. You can also add in the fitted luggage to that list as they also reside in their original plastic wrap. Other goodies include a removable steering wheel wrapped in suede, a carbon driver’s seat with an F1 logo and yellow insert, yellow straps on the driver’s seat, and there’s even a hand-painted signature of F1 designed Gordon Murray on the body. Finally, to complete the package, this baby includes the leather-cased owner’s handbooks, a Facom tool chest, tool roll with gold-plated titanium tools (originals, of course,) spare keys, and the accompanying TAG Heuer watch with the matching chassis No. 60 engraved on the face. As a side note, the watch has also never been worn, so you get that rare gem as a still-new collectible as well.

OF course, the dealer doesn’t have a price listed, so you can imagine it’s going to go for
a very pretty penny and it may even take a while to sell depending on the offers that come in. To put the importance of an unused model like this into perspective, the first F1 to be imported to the United States was sold for more than $15 million. It included some homologation parts but had been driven somewhere around 10,000 miles before being sold here. With that in mind, how much do you think this undriven example will go for? I bet someone with really deep pockets will shell out somewhere in the $25 million range. Give us your guesses in the comments section below.

References

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider

A very rich customer wanted a specially designed McLaren 675 LT...

If you have money and are into cars, what do you do? You go to McLaren and order up one of the coolest cars on the market, tailored to your exact specification, right? Of course, you do, but what happens when you have a little too much money? Well, you do what McLaren’s latest customer did – you walk into McLaren, head right over to McLaren Special Operations, and commission, not one, but two, McLaren 675LT models with 100-percent complete specification tailored to whatever your little heart desires. After all, who wants just a custom 675LT Coupe when you can have it topless sister the 675LT Spider? What we can admit, is whoever the anonymous customer was, they certainly have some really good taste. The cars take on a beautiful silver color, with each representing a different finish, while they also get some special MSO carbon fiber and some unique pinstriping in all the right places. This twins even feature the same wheels, while the interior of both get a fine combination of red and black.

But, that’s neither here nor there, and the real joy is in the details, so let’s take a closer look at these one-of-a-kind twins commissioned from nothing other than MSO. They are called the MSO R, and it’s time to go say hi.

What Makes the McLaren MSO R Twins Special?


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“To start off, you’ve got a base, 675LT mixed in with an MSO aero kit that includes the front dive planes and that crazy, twin-element rear wing”

What makes these twins special? Well, what you really meant to ask is, “what doesn’t make them special?”

To start off, you’ve got a base, 675LT (if the word “base” is even fair to use here) mixed in with an MSO aero kit that includes the front dive planes and that crazy, twin-element rear wing. MSO visual carbon fiber was used to craft things like the front fascia, louvered fenders, rood scoop, rear deck, mirror arms, and even the wiper scuttle. The front fascia and side skirts get a pinstripe in Delta Red, as do the outside edges of that twin-element wing out back. The side skirts and rear wing also carry the MSO R designation in all its glory. Black, five-spoke wheels provide a wide-open look on the sides. Now, here’s the one difference between the two – outside of one having a top and one not, of course – the coupe is painted in Liquid Silver in a satin finish, while the Spider gets the same Liquid Silver but finished in gloss. Those wheels I mentioned earlier? Yeah; they also get the same treatment with the wheels on the coupe coming in satin while the spider gets a gloss finish. It’s a nice touch, really.


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“The coupe is painted in Liquid Silver in a satin finish, while the Spider gets the same Liquid Silver but finished in gloss”

Moving over to the inside and things get a little more intense thanks to a huge amount of Alcantara throughout the cabin. The cabin itself gets black Alcantara with red stitching while the seats get the reverse effect – red overlay with black stitching. And, of course, the package wouldn’t be complete without having the MSO R logo embroidered onto the headrests in the blackest black possible. All bezels inside are made from carbon fiber while the interior switches have a gloss black finish. Meanwhile, the steering wheel has a mixed rim that includes a top and bottom portion done up in carbon fiber and the sides wrapped in Alcantara. A center stripe in Delta Red brings everything together.


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“The cabin itself gets black Alcantara with red stitching while the seats get the reverse effect – red overlay with black stitching”

Of course, when you go to MSO, you also get to pick and choose any other updates you can get your hands on. And, in this case, the anonymous customer decided to have the engine of both cars blueprinted. The heads and exhaust ports were hand polished, apparently, enough to push the output from 675 PS up to 688 PS, or 679 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. To top it all off, the exhaust system got a crossover muffler (probably what we all refer to as an X-Pipe) and gets a little bit of titanium at the exhaust outlets – not a bad way to spend your hard-earned cash if I do say so myself.

Now, we don’t have performance specs for either the coupe or the spider, but to put things into perspective, the stock 675 has 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which means these commissioned twins deliver some 13 horsepower more – not bad for a port and polish on a small V-8, I suppose. Both should still use the same seven-speed SSG transmission, and it’s doubtful that the 62-mph sprint will drop below the 2.9 seconds offered by the stock car. As a reference, the standard model also hits 124 mph in 8.1 seconds, so it’s possible the coupe version of these cars could hit that sprint eight-seconds flat under the right conditions.


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“These commissioned twins deliver some 13 horsepower more – not bad for a port and polish on a small V-8”

As far as pricing goes, there’s no word of how much this anonymous buyer chipped in for these two beauties, but you better believe they didn’t come in cheap. The standard coupe here in the U.S. goes from $349,500 with the Spider coming in closer to $385k. So, with that in mind, you can bet the price of each of these probably came close to $500,000, if not more. What’s on your mind as you look at the pictures and read all about them? Let us know in the comments section below.

References

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Read our full review on the McLaren 675LT Coupe.


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