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2018 McLaren Senna gets official

After having recently released teaser images of the new McLaren Senna, the automaker is finally ready to make a proper unveiling. The Senna, which is part of the Ultimate Series, gets its name from legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna de Silva. It will stand as the automaker’s most track-focused, road legal car. The automaker plans to build only 500 examples of this model, with profits going to the Senna Foundation charity. The Senna has a price tag of £750,000 ($1 million), in the UK, and believe it or not, all 500 units have already been accounted for.

Undoubtedly, the Senna has a unique exterior design. It was made to be very sleek to boost its performance. This model follows the “form follows function” principle, and its shape is meant to reduce drag and boost cooling. This car spent hours in the wind tunnel, a fact that’s quite obvious as soon as you take note of its double rear diffuser to the underfloor scoop and the large rear wing.

The Senna has interesting see-through glass door panels. Furthermore, the carbon ceramic brakes it wears together with the Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tires took seven months to assemble. The interior has a minimalist design that boasts a generous amount of carbon fiber. The cabin features goodies like an infotainment system, rearview camera, a foldable driver’s display, and a sound system. Each car will come with tailor-made carbon seats too.

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Assembled Pirelli winter tires for your McLaren Sports Series cars are now available

Yes, there is no more reason to stay at home when it’s freezing outside. Some folks sometimes feel the need to just stay snuggled up at the fireplace most especially if the dreaded wet and snowy roads start to threaten those hot summer wheels. But what if you have better things to do than sip coffee all day or hang out with your bae while staring gloomily at the frosted window? Boy we’ve got some good news for you.

British car maker McLaren and Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli have partnered in developing a winter wheel and tire bundle for McLaren’s Sports Series. What does that mean exactly?

Pirelli has optimized the tires to perform whether on rain, snow or dry conditions and these have been integrated with McLaren’s tire pressure monitoring equipment that works in conjunction with the vehicle’s onboard systems. Developed for its latest 570S Spider as well as for the 570GT, 570S and 540C, each package will include four 14–spoke forged alloy wheels in Dark Metal Grey finish plus a set of Pirelli’s MC Sottozero 3 winter tires.

Read the entire article Assembled Pirelli winter tires for your McLaren Sports Series cars are now available

GT3-specified McLaren 720S to hit the race tracks in 2019

McLaren revealed that a 720S GT3 is already underway and will in fact keep their hands very busy for the most of 2018, considering that most of the development will be taking place at the company’s new facility in Woking, England. Despite not disclosing any technical details, McLaren at least shared a couple of renderings of the 720S GTS to give everyone a glimpse of its future racecar.

We’ve noticed on the rendering that it turns out to appear more aggressive than its road going version mainly for its race-spec features. For one, the 720S GT3 now has a new pair of dive planes-- one on the left and one on the right. It also has a new vented hood at the middle plus huge new air intakes at the front end. Even the pair of side mirrors seems to have an air of aerodynamic quality into them as well.

There are several other racing characteristics which will surely not go unnoticed even if you don’t have a keen eye for detail. The digital rendering has so far provided the 720S GT3 with high mounted exhaust pipes, massive rear wing, wider doorsill plates, huge rear diffuser and wider fenders that anyway are so obvious because they are too big.

Read the entire article GT3-specified McLaren 720S to hit the race tracks in 2019

Bespoke McLaren MSO 720S breaks cover in Dubai

McLaren unveiled a one-off Gold - on - Black 720S at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show which will be on display throughout the entire stretch of this week’s event. The rare showcase is from a special client of the British marque’s bespoke engineering division.

McLaren Special Operations or MSO’s latest project is the 720S coupe in satin black with gold elements that also features gold alloy wheels, a 24-carat gold engine heat shield and some gold stencils at the rear spoiler bearing Bruce McLaren’s famous quote in 1964.

In order to apply its special MSO touches, the bespoke program added some new upgrades which include new rear bumper, air intakes, front splitter and roof panels which have all been replaced with carbon fiber elements.

Read the entire article Bespoke McLaren MSO 720S breaks cover in Dubai

As there are only 375 McLaren P1s in the world and all of them have been completely sold out, McLaren’s hybrid hypercar is truly one of its kind. But what if we tell you there is one that actually stands out among all the McLaren P1s out there? Not only that, it has also increased in market value bearing in mind the $1.3M price tag that initially came with the P1.

Currently on sale at James Edition is an extremely unique example of McLaren P1 by McLaren Special Operations. Its seller, Premium Automotive Concept, is based in Germany and has been selling it with a listed price of €2.170.000 (or approximately 2,561.468 USD).

The owner of this particularly rare example had first ordered it in matte black as you can see from the photo. But then the rest of its body panels are finished either in carbon fiber or gloss black as well, making it stand out all the more from any regular P1s we’ve seen before.

Read the entire article This extremely rare McLaren P1 MSO in matte black is looking for a new owner

McLaren Special Operations division (MSO) recently finished two new bespoke supercars: an MSO R Coupe, and an MSO R Spider. Both vehicles were based on the 650S and are fitted with a number of features. There’s another thing you should know: both vehicles were also made for one lucky and wealthy customer.

The coupe and the spider are among the latest projects of the MSO, and both are equipped with the same internal, external and mechanical specifications. For instance, both come with a 3.8 liter biturbo V8 that carries out 679 horsepower (506 kilowatts) and 516 pound feet (700 Newton metres) of torque. That is actually quite a big difference when you compare it to the standard 650S that produces only 641 horsepower (477 kilowatts). To give them both a unique roar, they were given a new titanium exhaust system with a crossover muffler.

To give them the overall package, both models will be given a dramatic-looking exterior, finished in a beautiful Liquid Silver paint, contrasted by a unique Delta Red pin stripe feature on both the front splitter and side blades. It has been given new elements like the MSO Visual Carbon Viber (VCF) front bumper, hood, louvered fenders, roof scoop, side mirror casing, and the rear decklid. The owner will be reminded of MSO when looking at the exterior, because of the splitter, side skirts, door sills, and rocker panels. Lastly, the coupe comes with a set of new satin black five-spoke wheels, while the spider has been fitted with five-spoke gloss black wheels.

Read the entire article MSO R Coupe and Spider: two unique McLaren vehicles built for one customer

The new McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo has quite impressive specifications, giving out as much as 1,150 horsepower with its unique hybrid setup.

This model was made specially for the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport video game. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter V8 engine by McLaren that has been taken from the 720S. In the virtual world, the Ultimate Vision GT had been given two front wheels on both the front wheels. Thanks to its hybrid powertrain, it gets an impressive torque of 1,275 Newton metres (940 pound-feet).

The Ultimate Vision GT is not all about its four-digit horsepower and torque, and its all-wheel-drive setup. Physically, it looks like it teleported from the future to the present time. Its design is like one of McLaren’s vision of a high performance model for the year 2030 and beyond. In the video game, players will be able to drive the car with three available configurations, including Performance, Ulterior and Noir. Each configuration also looks incredibly unique in their own way. We think that the Noir is the best looking version with its blacked out livery, but there’s actually no clear winner as each variant is outstanding.

Read the entire article Check out this virtual McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo

McLaren had just confirmed that they are currently developing the newest member of the McLaren Ultimate Series and they are giving it the codename “BP23”. The British automaker provided photos of the 720S based test mule, or what might be the P1 hypercar’s successor.

The company’s goal for this model is to make it the fastest ever McLaren. Incidentally, it will have hybrid power. When referring to it as the fastest car, this does not necessarily mean that it will be based on lap times like Nurburgring records. There are different ways to measure performance and speed. McLaren says it will soon announce whether the parameters will be top speed, or the 0-200-0 mile per hour time.

Right now, McLaren is using this camouflaged 720S mule to develop the BP23. Though this one has a single-seater layout, the automaker confirmed that the final model will have a 1+2 seating arrangement that will be fitted into the original McLaren F1.

Read the entire article This BP23 hypercar prototype will be the 'Fastest Ever McLaren'

McLaren Special Operations’ (MSO) latest project pays tribute to the racing homologation car from 1997 - that is the F1 XP GT “Longtail”. Today, they have styled six new McLaren 570GT coupes to look like the 1997 model. All six examples were given an exclusive livery, painted in “XP Green” on the outside, while the interior is finished in a Saddle Tan leather that complements the exterior design. The interior also gets some green bits here and there, as well as a specialized plaque on the dashboard. Overall, it looks like a balance of a vintage and a modern vehicle.

The model that these 570GTs pays tribute to was actually introduced back then to keep up with the FIA homologation rules. And after the company has seen the success of the McLaren F1 race car, the company came up with a “Longtail” model, which they referred to as the F1 XP GT. The company even had to build a road legal version of this too. What really resembles the 570GT with the F1 XP GT would be its green and tan colour scheme, as you can see in the photos.

With only six examples, who are the six lucky people who will get their hands on one of these? Well, what we do know is that these examples will be sold in the UK, Germany, and The Netherlands. Furthermore, McLaren shared that the MSO-specified parts on the customized model are worth £21,000 (around $28,500).

Read the entire article McLaren Special Operations (MSO) makes 6 specially painted 570GT collection cars

Luxury automakers often come up with something special or limited when celebrating special events like anniversaries or when they reach a milestone. And this year, McLaren celebrates their 50th F1 anniversary. So the first thing you’ll probably ask is, what special edition model are they going to unveil? Well, it isn’t an F1 car, but a road bike instead.

The street bike is a product of McLaren and Specialized as they work together to build a bike that would blend in with any road race, while celebrating fifty years of historic grand prix and Formula One racing. They call this the S-Works McLaren Roubaix, a road bike with a handful of collaborations between both brands, after the Venge, the S-Works Tarmac and the Venge ViAS.

Looking at it from afar, it looks like it had been painted in yellow. But it is actually finished in a custom Heritage Orange that mimic the automaker’s race cars and modern street legal vehicles, accented with matte black parts. The road bike uses McLaren’s own data logging software that works hand in hand with the Rolling Efficiency Simulator, which is the software they use when designing a part of the bike.

Read the entire article This $11,500 road bike marks McLaren’s 50th F1 anniversary

All eyes were turned to the fuchsia pink bespoke McLaren 720S MSO at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday. Surely, we can understand why. The one-off supercar, which was commissioned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Fux and was created by the British automaker’s bespoke division, wears a very bright, eye catching body paint of pink tone with a hint of purple.

Featuring what is called the “Fux Fuschia” color scheme, the MSO 720S was tailor-made to perfection to meet its owner’s unique taste. Starting from the striking exterior up to its luxurious cabin with custom leather and white stitching, down to its lightweight alloy wheels in platinum. Other highlights consist of the cabin’s carbon fiber elements, the pinstriped steering wheel, the fuchsia pink rear view mirror cover as well as the window surrounds and exhaust pipes in Stealth Gray finish. It also comes with white floor mats to complete the all-white theme interior scheme.

A well-known car enthusiast, Fux has over a hundred luxury cars in his collection and many of those are custom made with some unusual colors. There’s one McLaren P1 in green, a McLaren 12C Spider in purple and a McLaren 12C in orange and now comes the new Fuchsia Fux pink McLaren MSO 720S. Fux’s list of car collection doesn’t end there yet. The self-made businessman from Cuba also owns several Rolls-Royces, Aston Martins, Porsches and Ferraris. Being a famous philanthropist, Fux is known to often put his precious cars on display on charitable events while raising money for a good cause.

Read the entire article Bespoke McLaren 720S by MSO revealed at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

We have just witnessed the sale of the most expensive McLaren F1 to date. Over the weekend, at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, the Bonham auction took place. And the first ever 1995 McLaren F1 that had been imported to the United States had been put up for auction, and was brought home by its new owner, who offered $14.2 million for it. This price does not yet include ten percent buyer’s fee, which means that it was sold off for a grand total of $15.62 million.

The car is looking good as new, and was offered by its original owner. Under the hood is the 6.1 liter V12 that it originally came with, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This enables the F1 to yield 627 horsepower (467 kilowatts) that can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, before continuing to its max speed of 242.9 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour).

Looking at it from the outside, it is dressed in a matte silver finish. While the inside cabin is finished in black and grey Connolly leather. As I have mentioned earlier, this example is almost as good as new with only 9,600 miles (15,449 kilometers) on its odometer since it got out of the factory. The only thing is that the fuel cell had been replaced twice already and it has gone through some minor wear and tear.

Read the entire article Bonham auction has sold off first U.S. McLaren F1 for $15.62 million

McLaren has already shown some interest in electrifying their models. And initially, we thought that they will just use hybrid systems to use across their current lineup. Nevertheless, we have learned that they are actually planning something much bigger and one that’s quite unexpected.

Not so long ago, McLaren unveiled the 720S which changed the image of the British automaker. As we know, it will have a more upscale look, a stronger engine, and a lighter chassis. But this is just the beginning of the company’s transition to brighter future. It has been reported that the company has been developing a pure electric sports car which will be released in a few years, confirming what was rumoured last June.

Autocar reports that the electric sports car will have a performance similar to that of the 675LT, and will be one of McLaren’s range-topping Ultimate Series of vehicles like the P1. Since it is still under development, there is still no schedule as to when the model will come out. But it’s likely to arrive after the P15 and BP23, which are scheduled to both make their debut in 2018. The P15 will be the second Ultimate Series model after the P1 that had already been sold out.

Read the entire article McLaren plans an electric sports car that will be like the 675LT

We first saw the McLaren 720S earlier this year when it made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and we all agree that it is a beautiful car. But did you know that this particular model has already been sold out? Well, at least until 2018. You heard me right, if you plan to get a 720S this year or next, then it is already too late.

The McLaren 720S got into production in April at the company’s Woking UK facility. And since then, they have already received a total of 1,500 orders of the said model, according to Autocar. In fact, some customers even ordered two examples of the vehicle. Some of them want two, where one will be delivered before the year ends, while another example will go through some customization at McLaren’s Special Operations center.

As a refresher, the 720S will come standard with a biturbo V8 with an output of 710 horsepower (529 kilowatts), but it’s expected to still be pushed even further. In just 2.8 seconds, it can sprint to 62 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) from a standstill. The 720S also has a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article McLaren 720S is sold out through 2018, order now and get it in 2019

As far as McLaren is concerned, the new mid-engine, rear–wheel-drive, two-seater McLaren 720S has a new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that delivers a max power output of 710 hp (529 kilowatts) at 7.500 rpm as well as 537 pound-feet of torque (770 Newton-meters) at 5,500 rpm. But it seems that these power figures were seriously underrated, as shown by some new dyno numbers, as reported by DynoBoost.

Of course, while an engine has the capability to deliver the published power figures, a certain percentage of power is lost as it is sent from the engine to the drivetrain. For supercars like the McLaren 720S, it is generally accepted that around 15 percent of engine power is lost. This means that if a supercar is capable of delivering 1,000 hp, around 150 hp is lost through the drivetrain. As a result, only 850 hp is actually realized by the supercar.

Applying this 15-percent power loss rule on the McLaren 720S, the British supercar should be delivering around 603 hp of power output and 456 lb.-ft. of torque. These should still be impressive power figures for the McLaren 720S.

Read the entire article Dyno test shows new McLaren 720S is more powerful than we thought

Gazing at this beauty only reminds us how the McLaren 570S and the 720S supercar have always shared a resemblance. McLaren thoughtfully handed down its design cues to the entire range; beginning with the 650S followed by the 570S and later on, combined all of them with a bit of variations for the new 720hp model. Even so, we believe the 570GT and the 570S will continue to reign as McLaren’s true style icons. Further, did you know that by adding a small number of special body kits on a 570S, the results would be far more striking than anyone would have imagined?

Take for example, this McLaren 570S with a new set of chrome HRE Wheels. The very modest-looking twin five spoke wheels can make such big difference especially in making the car look sharper and more aggressive. Other than the variety of wheel design, the 570S can have a few other alternatives to highlight its side, front and rear profile. Aftermarket parts such as those that are made with carbon fiber, a new set of side skirts, new roof air vents, or maybe a modified rear wing and front end are available to help intensify its superb features.

As a refresher, the 570S range actually consists of three different models. There is the 570 GT, the 570 S Spider and the 570S Coupe. In all three, the S is the sportiest while the Gran Turismo is credited for providing comfort during long road trips. Despite the slight differences, these three share the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine capable of up to 562hp. Likewise, each one comes with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission to push power to the rear wheels. Having tested to run from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, the S models obviously have slightly quicker acceleration than the GT albeit all three have the same 204 miles per hour top speed.

Read the entire article Check out the chrome HRE Wheels on this aftermarket body kit for the McLaren 570S

When McLaren first designed the 570GT, the objective was to have a sports car that would be able to deliver daily practicality and comfort while offering a performance expected from a mid-engine sports car. For NOVITEC however, this appears to be not enough. Headquartered in Germany, NOVITEC manufactures car performance and tuning parts and has only recently included the McLaren in its portfolio.

Currently, the 570GT is equipped with the eight-cylinder twin-turbo 3.8-liter which gave NOVITEC an excellent platform when it comes to engine tuning. For the 570GT, engine specialists at the German-based tuning company came up with three different performance kits. Each of these can be activated by merely pressing a button placed on the Active Dynamic Panel. Further, there are two plug-and-play NOVITEC N-TRONIC modules integrated to the model’s electronic engine control which can manage the ignition, injection, and even increase the pressure control through new mapping.

Going back to the performance kits, one of them comes with the high-performance NOVITEC RACE exhaust system. With this, output is increased by 76 hp (56 kW) to 646 hp (475 kW). It also boosts peak torque to 510 lb.-ft. (692 Nm) from 443 lb.-ft. (601 Nm). These figures mean that the 570GT can now go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3 seconds. In the base version, the 3.8-liter V8 engine could only do the same in 3.4 seconds. That said, maximum speed was also increased from 204 mph (328 km/h) to 208 mph (335 km/h).

Read the entire article McLaren 570GT is made sportier by NOVITEC with 637 hp upgrade

Autocar has got some juicy rumours for us regarding a new McLaren hypercar. The British publication has inside sources claiming that a new model will be added to the Ultimate Series just after the P1 hypercar, and they claim that it will be the “most extreme, track-focused car” they have ever made. This high-performance machine, dubbed “P15” is McLaren’s “track weapon”, is expected to be even better than the P1 GTR.

We are aware that the P1 GTR, excluding the LM model, was restricted only to the track due to its power. But apparently, the P15 (which is even more powerful) will be road-legal. It will be given a biturbo 3.8-liter V8 engine that has been modified, instead of the 4.0-liter inside the 720S. And this powertrain can generate 789 horsepower, which is even greater than the P1’s 727 horsepower with its combustion engine. Though keep in mind that the P1 can be pushed to give out a maximum of 903 horsepower with its hybrid powertrain.

Insiders say that the P15 will have a total curb weight of below 1,300 kilograms (2,866 pounds). That makes it 247 kilos (544 pounds) lighter than the P1, which means that it can go so much faster with the lighter body. All the lost weight results from losing the electric motor, and the use of a one-piece carbon fiber tub like that of the 720S, fully covered in carbon fiber.

Read the entire article McLaren P15 in the works, might be more powerful than the P1 GTR

As automotive companies build faster cars, it will come to a point where horsepower will exceed the grip level of even the best and most expensive tires. Though there are a couple of ways to improve traction, from trick differentials, traction control, and torque vectoring, the next step would be changing the setup to an all-wheel-drive.

At the recent 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, CEO of McLaren Mike Flewitt spoke to Car and Driver magazine. And during their interview, he said that the company might come up with all-wheel-drive variants of their current lineup very soon. This means that they will veer from their rear-wheel-drive strategy that works best for power and 0-60 superiority.

Though he made it clear that it isn’t what the company is focused on right now, he said that they are “getting close to the limit” and that they will have to transition to an all-wheel-drive setup after reaching the limit. Here, Flewitt is referring to the limits of what a tire can handle - the best tires I must say.

Read the entire article Future McLaren models may get AWD setup, CEO Flewitt says

The year 2016 was a successful year for McLaren in terms of sales, but it has been on a streak and has actually broken sales records every year for the past four years. Since 2012, the company has been celebrating one milestone after another. To be more precise, the company sold a total of 3,286 cars last year, that is about double the number of what they sold in 2015 - or a 70 percent increase. These result to a sales revenue of £649.8 million ($844 million), an increase of 44 percent.

This success may be the result of the Sport Series family that was first sold to the market in 2016. In fact, the Sports Series alone delivered a total of 2,031 units, which seem to make up most of their sales. Within that range, the 570GT and 570S were the top sellers. Besides that, the Super Series was also quite a success, selling 1,255 units in 2016.

Most sales have been accounted for by the North American market, with a total of 1,139 deliveries, it significantly increased by 106 percent over 2015. As for the European market, McLaren was able to move 996 units in total, again a huge increase of 153 percent. Lastly, they sold a total of 228 cars in the Chinese market. There is a 90 percent increase for McLaren in the Asia Pacific.

Read the entire article McLaren sales doubled in 2016, CEO says growth plans are achievable and sustainable
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