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

Article by Christian A., on October 29, 2018

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.

Exterior Design

To reduce drag and maximize top speed, the McLaren Speedtail is made narrower but longer than a McLaren P1. The new Speedtail essentially has a teardrop shape, allowing it to have the smoothest initial contact with the air at the front splitter. In addition, the cockpit glasshouse of the Speedtail has a teardrop.

Interestingly, all body panels of the new McLaren Speedtail are made from carbon fiber, which contributes to its lightweight nature. These body panels have been sculpted to further reduce drag, as helped getting rid of the traditional door mirrors and installing retractable digital rear-view cameras. The number of shutlines has also been reduced, as evidenced by the Hyper-GT’s one-piece rear clamshell. The new Speedtail also comes with patented active rear ailerons that help deliver the required level of downforce when needed most.

Further helping the aerodynamics of the new McLaren Speedtail are details like the vertical ducts beneath the full LED headlights, a cowling at the trailing edge of the bonnet , a ‘snorkel’ intake set flush within the roof and lightweight, carbon fiber front-wheel static aero covers as well as multiple ducts and air paths that help reduce turbulent air within the wheelarches. The new Speedtail likewise features vertical rear blades, which along with the rear diffuser, helps reduce base pressure and drag.

Moreover, McLaren employed the same aerodynamic principles used on the McLaren P1, second-generation McLaren Super Series and McLaren Senna. This entails mounting the intakes for the HTRs (High-Temperature Radiators) on the shoulders, just within the double-skinned dihedral doors.

Interior Design

Inside, the new McLaren Speedtail offers a new level of technical luxury, employing the finest hides for almost every surface. The driver’s seat is trimmed in Dark Glacier full- aniline and Cool White semi-aniline leathers, as developed by the Bridge of Weir Leather Company.

Customers can also choose unique stitch patterns of their preference, as McLaren introduces a new standard of bespoke customization on the new Speedtail.


Serving as the heart of the new McLaren Speedtail is a pioneering petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that delivers a combined 1,050 PS of output. This overwhelming power, along with the Speedtail’s lower dry weight (1,430 kg), allows the new Hyper-GT accelerated from zero to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 12.8 seconds.

This is nearly four seconds quicker than the McLaren P1, which could complete this sprint in 16.5 seconds. In Velocity mode, the Speedtail can achieve a top speed of 403 km/h (250 mph).

This mode optimizes the hybrid powertrain and the active aerodynamics and lowers the Speedtail by 35 mm. Because of its high-speed capability, the Speedtail rides on bespoke P-ZERO tires developed with McLaren technology partner, Pirelli.


McLaren plans to build only 106 examples of the Speedtail, the same exact number of McLaren F1 sold. Interestingly, all of these 106 examples of the Speedtail have already been reserved at a price starting at £1.75 million, excluding taxes. First deliveries are set to commence in early 2020.

Source: McLaren

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