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).
Jolyon Nash, McLaren Automotive’s executive director of global sales and marketing, said that any McLaren vehicle is a very special one, but then there are also a number of customers who are expressing their interest to personalize their cars by adding more features and options, as well as colour and trim choices, apart from just the core specification offered. Hence, even more unique models are being made.
As you all know, McLaren’s most grand-touring focused model in their Sports Series car line is the 570GT. Not only does the GT have more cargo space compared to the 570S, but it also has a softer suspension for a more comfortable ride. In terms of performance, it gets a 3.8 liter V8 that produces 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from standstill to 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. The 570GT, regardless of whether you would like to call it a Sport or a Grand Tourer, drives like a supercar with its impeccable curb appeal. This makes it comparable to the 570S.
Until today, McLaren Special Operations continues to produce specialized models across the brand’s range. For instance, they recently came out with an MSO variant of the 720S shortly after it was introduced. The 12C, 650S, and 675LT have also been customized by the MSO.