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Bespoke McLaren 720S by MSO revealed at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

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.

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2019 McLaren 600LT Spider offers open-air thrill up to 201 mph

Nearly half a year ago when McLaren Automotive unveiled the McLaren 600LT Coupe, the British carmaker is now introducing a version that lets its passengers enjoy the thrill of an open-air drive through track-like performance. The new McLaren 600LT Spider is the latest Longtail model and the third model under McLaren Automotive’s £1.2-billion Track25 business plan.

The new McLaren 600LT Spider is also effectively the fifth car donning the Longtail (LT) name, after the McLaren 600LT Coupe, McLaren 675LT Coupe, McLaren 675LT Spider and the McLaren F1 GTR racer Longtail. Just like these Longtail models, the 600LT Spider offers higher levels of power and aerodynamics, lower weight, greater degree of driver engagement and track-focused dynamics. Likewise, the 600LT Spider is available in limited numbers.

In terms of looks, the McLaren 600LT Spider is a twin of the 600LT Coupe, with the only difference being the absence of the fixed roof. But that doesn’t mean that the driver and the passenger won't be protected from the elements. This is because the 600LT Spider is provided with a three-piece, powered retractable hardtop roof, which can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 25 mph with a single push of a button. The overall roof mechanism makes the 600LT Spider to weigh 110.2 lbs more than the 600LT Coupe, for a dry weight of 2,859.4 lbs.

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Newly delivered McLaren Senna crashes into a wall near Munich hours after delivery

McLaren’s most track-focused, road legal car – the McLaren Senna -- might be quick and fast. However, it remains no match for a wall, such as this one near Munich, Germany. This would be an example on how you should not drive a newly delivered Senna.

According to GT Spirit, the owner of this new McLaren Senna just took delivery of the downforce-rich sports car. The owner wasn’t named, but he was identified to be a 43-year old businessman from Grunwald, a suburb of Munich, Germany. A Facebook post by McLaren Munich said the Senna – wrapped in dark blue and black finish -- was just delivered to its new owner on October 20, 2018, a Saturday.

Perhaps too excited to test the performance limits of his 800-PS hypercar, this businessman took the McLaren Senna for a spin on the road. The hypercar didn’t fail its new owner, but its driver did fail this pricey high-performance machine. Based from the tire marks left on the road, the accident was caused by the driver losing control of his new Senna. The rear end of the hypercar might have swung out and its driver seems to completely lost control of the Senna. Then, the front end of the Senna hit the wall, sustaining some damage. The impact was strong enough to activate the airbags of the hypercar.

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McLaren Speedtail is a new Ultimate Series with a top speed of 250 mph

McLaren Automotive is introducing the next chapter in its Ultimate Series and its very first Hyper-GT – the all-new McLaren Speedtail. Considered as the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1, the new Speedtail boasts of a unique carbon fiber McLaren Monocage body structure.

It blends sleek and seamless beauty with technologies and ultimate performance, as evidenced by its ability to go as fast as 403 km/h (250 mph).

The new McLaren Speedtail boasts of sophisticated shape made possible by latest in digital development technologies. This overall shape, along with reduced weight, efficient aerodynamics and a very powerful engine, the Speedtail boasts of enhanced levels of acceleration and greater top speed than any McLaren so far.

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Being a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus took advantage of the prestigious event to unveil two new concepts that represent the luxury carmaker’s different takes on the future of luxury – the new Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept and the new Lexus UX 250h Concept.

The Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is essentially the second vehicle in the carmaker’s Inspiration Series. The first Inspiration Series was an LC 500 finished in Structural Blue and inspired by a superhero from the Marvel cinematic universe -- King T’Challa, the monarch of Wakanda. Both the LC 500 Inspiration Series and the LC Inspiration Series Concept are regarded by Lexus as ultimate expressions of their flagship coupe, as marked by bold designs and exclusive elements.

While the first Inspiration Series wrapped in Structural Blue, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is finished in Flare Yellow exterior paint. This concept rides on a distinct set of black 21-inch forged alloy wheels. It also features a carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler.

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With 720 PS (710 hp or 530 kW) of max output, a carbon fiber chassis, aerodynamic body and stunning sports car design, the McLaren 720S is nothing short of amazing. By next year, customer teams can pilot a race-focused version of the Super Series as the British carmaker announces the eventual arrival of the new McLaren 720S GT3.

Being developed by McLaren Automotive’s new customer racing division, the 720S GT3 has just finished undergoing extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Now, the development program is in the track-based phase, which includes a punishing test regime that should help validate the GT racer’s key performance data as well as long-distance durability. Track testing is now being conducting extensively across Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Development prototypes are scheduled to cover over 18,500 miles to confirm the GT racer’s exceptional durability and efficiency. The program also includes various 24- and 36-hour tests. The first two development prototypes have already began the test program that will cover tracks on Europe and the US. An intensive Middle East program is scheduled to start before the end of the 2018.

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Audi has unveiled an all-electric concept car at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week in Monterey, California that visualizes a radical electrically powered driving machine for both the road and the race track. The all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron Concept is essentially a design and technical study of a futuristic high-performance sports car.

Basically, the PB18 e-tron boasts of a technical concept built from Audi's years of victories at the Le Mans, as implemented through the carmaker’s high-performance arm -- Audi Sport GmbH. The “PB18” in its name refers to the place and year (Pebble Beach and 2018) it was unveiled, while the “e-tron” signifies the fact that the concept shares the technological DNA with the Audi R18 e-tron, the carmaker’s high successful LMP1 racing car.

In terms of dimensions, the PB18 e-tron is similar to a classical sports car – it measures 4.53 meters (14.5 ft.) in length, 2 meters (6.4 ft.) in width and 1.15 meters (4.6 ft) in height, with wheelbase of 2.70 meters (8.9 ft) and short overhangs.

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Acura has unveiled the latest iteration of the Acura NSX at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Moneterey, California. The 2019 Acura NSX is still as powerful as before, but the luxurious sports car is now a better performer. It also boasts of new colors both on the exterior and interior, as well as a number of new design cues.

The 2019 Acura NSX unveiled at The Quail is finished in a new premium paint option – the Thermal Orange Pearl coat. This new finish is a tribute to 30 years of Acura motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries. In addition, orange calipers are also available for the optional carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes. Likewise, red calipers can be fitted to the standard iron brakes.

Moreover, the front grille garnish for all 2019 Acura NSX models are now body-colored instead of silver. The front grille surround, front air intake mesh as well as the rear bumper outlet mesh have received high-gloss treatments, and so are the available Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler and Carbon Fiber Exterior Package. This package includes a front chin spoiler, side sill garnish and rear diffuser – all in high-gloss treatment.

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SSC North America, formerly known as Shelby SuperCars, has been working on a successor for the SSC Ultimate Aero. A concept of the successor was unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but due to unknown reasons, the final car has yet to make into production. Seven years after the concept at the same place and event, SSC North America is unveiling to the public the final form of this concept as it goes into production – the new SSC Tuatara.

The new SSC Tuatara is named after a greenish-brown and gray lizard – which can only be found in New Zealand -- known for having the fastest molecular evolution for any living animal. The SSC Tuatara unveiled at Pebble Beach was also wrapped in similar grayish color. Underneath this wrapped is a body and a chassis all made from carbon fiber. Moreover, the 20-inch wheels of the Tuatara are also made from carbon fiber. By employing carbon fiber, SSC North America is able to make Tuatara a lightweight hypercar with a dry weight of just 2,750 lbs. (1,247 kg).

The use of carbon fiber also paved way for a wind-cheating, aerodynamically superior curvy design. The incredibly sporty overall looks of the new SSC Tuatara hypercar is penned by Jason Castriota, a former designer at Pininfarina. The design of the new Tuatara takes inspiration from the aerospace industry. This design gave the hypercar a low drag coefficient value of just 0.279 Cd – the lowest in its class.

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Before people knew it, Ferrari has already created its 50th droptop model. The Italian sports car maker unveiled its 50th droptop model and the latest member of the Special Series family – the new Ferrari 488 Pista Spider – at the highly prestigious Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California.

Earlier this year, Ferrari introduced the 488 Pista Coupe and the track-oriented Piloti 488 Pista Special Edition. The 488 Pista is the considered as the successor to Ferrari’s V8-engined Special Series – the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia and 458 Speciale. Now, the latest Special Series is welcoming its new member in a convertible form. The decision to unveil the new 488 Pista Spider in the United States was influenced by the fact that Ferrari’s North American clients have been keen connoisseurs of high-performance convertibles since the 1950s.

Essentially, the difference between the Coupe and the Spider versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista is that the latter features a droptop, which roof system is more complex than the fixed one. Because of increased complexity of its convertible roof, the new 488 Pista Spider is around 200 lbs (91 kg) heavier than the 488 Pista Coupe. Since both versions of the Ferrari 488 Pista are powered by the same powerplant -- a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 engine that delivers 720 hp of max output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – this difference in weight results to a very slight disparity in terms of performance.

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For the past years, Mercedes-Benz has been unveiling spectacular concepts or visions. There were the AMG Vision GT and the Concept IAA, as well as the Vision Maybach 6 and the Vision Maybach 6 Cabriolet. Its latest concept, unveiled at the Monterey Car Week, is likewise nothing short of stunning while showing off the carmaker’s glorious past. This concept is the new Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow.

Just by looking at this concept, people can’t help but associate with Mercedes’ Grand Prix racing cars in the 1930s. During this period, Mercedes cars were called Silver Arrows. Actually, the new Vision EQ Silver Arrow is inspired by and pays tribute to the 1937 Mercedes W125 Grand Prix racing car. Driven by the legendary Rudolf Caracciola, the W125 set a new speed record on public roads in 1937 after averaging 432.7 km/h (268.8 mph) on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. This record sat untouched for around 80 years, until it was broken in November 2017.

Just like the 1937 W125, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow features a long and extended front section and short front overhang. The round cockpit glazing of the Vision EQ Silver Arrow -- modeled on a drop of water in terms of outline and cross-section – was also inspired by the W125. Similar to the Silver Arrows, this one-seater concept is wrapped in alubeam silver paint.

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The new McLaren Senna isn't your ordinary car on the road. It is a supercar that delivers 800 PS (789 hp), pays tribute to legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, and is available in a limited run of 500 examples. Now, one of these 500 examples has arrived in New York City, as delivered to renowned car collector Michael Fux.

Arriving at the garage of Fux is the first McLaren Senna made for North America. Furthermore, this example of the Senna was personalized for its owner by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). By taking a good look at the extensive bespoke content of this Senna example, it is safe to assume that Fux has really made this supercar an extension of his own personality.

Dubbed as the Fux Green McLaren Senna, this example features a Full Visual Carbon Fiber Body, as finished in a custom emerald green dubbed as Fux Green. This full body set has 67 parts, all needing nearly 1,000 hours to produce. The exterior is rounded off by blue-and-red wheel center lock nuts as well as ball-polished wheels.

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The McLaren Senna is indeed an attractive proposition from the British carmaker. While its £750,000 tag price and limited production run of just 499 examples makes this new Ultimate Series very hard to acquire, it is quite possible to have a Senna displayed in a fan’s house or room. This is by availing of highly detailed McLaren Senna scale models from Amalgam Collection.

At first glance of the image of Amalgam’s McLaren Senna, it would be easy to mistake this as the actual supercar. But once the actual replica is seen, reality strikes that this is just a 1:8 scale model. It is so detailed that the Senna mini replica could easily deceive and stun anyone who looks at it. From the front end, the cabin, the flanks, side mirrors, the wheels to its rear section, rear fascia and massive rear spoiler, the miniature Senna looks very much the same as the original model – except for the size.

As a 1:8 replica, it means that every centimeter (or any unit of scale) of the miniature McLaren Senna corresponds to around 8 cm (or any applicable unit) of the full-scale model. The original Senna has a length of 4,744, while the 1:8 replica measures at 600 mm. To achieve the dimensions and stunning appearance of the replica, Amalgam Collection employed CAD (computer assisted design) data sourced from none other than McLaren Automotive. To ensure that the mini Senna accurately represents the full-scale original supercar, McLaren engineers and designers had the replica completely undergo a full vetting process.

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Lanzante Motosport is taking advantage of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase its latest conversion project – the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante. Allegedly commissioned by a rich client from the Middle East, the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante is essentially a McLaren P1 GTR converted into a Longtail, easily capturing the attention of visitors at Goodwood.

Doing a project based from a McLaren P1 GTR isn't something new to Lanzante. After all, the British racing had been converting the track-only P1 GTR for use on the road. Lanzante also had six P1 GTR units converted to become road-legal P1 LM versions. Five of these P1 LM units were sold while the sixth example was retained as the XP1 LM to be used for development and testing. Interestingly, the XP1 LM managed to set the fastest ever time for a road car on the Goodwood hillclimb of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, completing the 1.86-km course at just 47.07 seconds.

Now, another P1 GTR is making waves at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but this time it has been converted into a longtail – the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante. Prior to the event, Lanzante had been teasing us with the P1 GT conversion. The teases proved to be worth paying attention to, as the P1 GT revealed at Goodwood is spectacularly impressive.

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McLaren Automotive is unveiling in metal its quickest and most powerful Sports Series model – the new McLaren 600LT -- at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Built to dominate the race circuits and yet it is legal to be driven on the road, the new 600LT is the latest addition to McLaren’s Super Series family that already includes the McLaren 650S Coupe, 650S Spider, 675LT Coupe, 675LT Spider and 720S.

The new McLaren 600LT is effectively not only the latest Super Series model, but is also the latest McLaren to wear the Longtail (LT) badge. Taking inspiration from McLaren 675LT models and the McLaren Longtail F1 GTR racer, the new 600LT is laden with all the physical attributes of a Longtail like its longer rear diffuser, extended front splitter, fixed rear wing as well as elongated silhouette. Along with the flat carbon fiber floor, the distinct bodywork of 600LT help generate 100 kg of downforce at 250 km/h (155 mph), resulting to greater levels of grip and high-speed stability. The result is the most track-focused Super Series model from McLaren.

As expected, the new McLaren 600LT extensively employs carbon fiber. This material is used for the monocoque chassis and the new aerodynamic features. Along with other lightweight materials, carbon fiber helps the McLaren 600LT attain a lightest dry weight of 1,247 kg, with a power-to-weight ratio of 481 PS/ton.

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Carlex Design is well known for its numerous customized vehicles and their lavish interiors. Most of the time, these custom interiors are far from subtle too, using expansive amounts of fine leather and Alcantara. While the interiors are definitely loud, it can’t be denied that the aftermarket company has great taste. One of the tuner’s latest work is this McLaren 720S with a gorgeous burgundy interior that matches its exterior with a personal touch. It would be an understatement to call this one unique. We’re willing to bet that there’s nothing out there like it.

The McLaren 720S’ cabin has been given essentially everything by the tuner. These range from leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber, to quilted designs and perforations. The whole modification process took Carlex three weeks to complete, and the company gave it all its time and effort into finishing the project, modifying the seat upholstery, steering wheel, door panels, center console, dashboard, the full floor, headliner, and the space behind the seats. In fact, no part of the interior has been left untouched.

As for the exterior, Carlex customized the McLaren 720S with painted eagle wings on the side. Apparently, the theme for the entire car revolves around a history motif of 16th to 18th century “winged” Polish cavalry. Overall, the exterior design goes well with the exterior colour as well as the carbon fiber package from the factory. Meanwhile, the interior also gets a carbon fiber pack.

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This one-of-a-kind sculpture is something your money cannot buy. Rather, this unique piece will be given as a gift to the 106 owners of McLaren’s next hypercar. As can be expected, this sculpture is a preview of McLaren’s BP23 project.

The BP23 Speed Form, the name of this super valuable sculpture, weighs 7.9 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and measures 15.7 x 8 x 3.1 inches (409 x 205 x 80 millimeters). Each of the 106 examples has been created with the use of the latest five axis CNC cutting technology, while the final touches are made by hand to attain a higher level of “craftsmanship.” Each sculpture needed more than 100 hours to be built, including 30 hours of expert hand polishing. At the end of the process, the sculpture will have to get the approval of a craftsman who checks the quality of each structure, making sure that it has attained the highest quality possible.

According to the automaker, all of the 106 examples of the legendary F1’s three seat successor have already been accounted for. The British automaker claims that this hypercar will be the fastest production McLaren model to date, as it can hit a top speed of 243 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour) as well as being the car with the highest level of aerodynamics.

Read the entire article All 106 future owners of McLaren’s upcoming hypercar BP23 will get exclusive sculpture

Fans of McLaren are sure to be excited as the company has revealed it will be presenting a bespoke Senna Carbon Theme during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This is one of the five themes that are being developed in partnership with McLaren Special Operations.

As implied by the name, the most striking feature of this model is the complete body kit, all of which is composed of carbon fiber. In addition, the company revealed that this special edition supercar has a total of 67 parts, all of which took an estimated 1,000 hours to make. The Solar Yellow detailing for example took around 250 hours of work.

The black main hue and yellow detailing can be seen on the front active aero blades, the sill exteriors, and the rear wing. This particular color combination on the outside can also be seen on the interior particularly on the Alcantara sports seats in black contrasted by the yellow stitching. Its steering wheel even has a leather centre band in the same yellow hue. While the exterior has the Laurel Green brake calipers, the inside has the doors gas struts in the same color.

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In the past couple of months, there have been a number of special edition McLarens that have been released in the past few months. Some of these include the 720S Atlantic Blue and the 570S MSO X. Now, the newest member of the range is arguably more sinister than the rest, and they call it the MSO Black Collection. This McLaren 570GT package will only be limited to 100 examples worldwide, and will definitely see the sporty coupe draped in an all-black, stealth design.

Moving on to the outside, the 570GT will be dressed in a one-off Carbon Black finish, that will be complemented with an MSO Black Pack that replaces the Dark Palladium features available in the standard model.

This includes things like the front and rear splitters, side skirts, and air intakes, and all these will be finished in black. The new set of five twin-spoke lightweight forged wheels will also get a new gloss black diamond finish, which will then be wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. The package also adds carbon ceramic brakes and black brake calipers to the car.

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British automaker McLaren developed their MSO (McLaren Special Operations) division to make their already exclusive vehicles a little more bespoke. And today, we are going to discuss some of their newest and coolest products that indicate the company’s expertise in style and performance to the Sports Series range.

For instance, if you own a 570S Coupe, 570GT and 570S Spider, and you want to achieve a meaner sound, you can always order the new titanium exhaust. It is actually lighter than the stock unit by 11 pounds (5 kilograms). Best of all, it makes the sound it produces five decibels louder. MSO claims that the car’s new tone sounds cleaner and crisper, and that this comes from the rear end of the vehicle.

Today, the titanium exhaust runs 4,750 pounds ($6,570 at current exchange rates), and this part can be had in a Nano Black finish, instead of the standard Nano Clear colour. The good news here is that these add-ons will not only be available as an option for new cars, as later this year, MSO will be offering these as an upgrade to already existing Sports Series owners.

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