At the 1995 Le Mans 24 hour race, the McLaren F1 GTR came out victorious. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the win, and also as a way to shift a few more cars, McLaren has created a limited edition version of the McLaren 650S, the McLaren 650S Le Mans.
The McLaren 650S Le Mans, of which only 50 will be built, was designed with the help of the F1’s designer, Peter Stevens, and the car is built by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division. One of the most prominent features of the special edition model is the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR. Besides channeling air to the twin-turbo V8 behind, McLaren says it provides “enhanced aural drama within the cabin”. Continue reading ‘Limited Edition McLaren 650S Le Mans’ »
Regular, mainstream automotive manufacturers have accessories for their vehicles. Supercar manufacturers also have accessories for their vehicles, but for some reason – let’s call it snobbery – they can’t bring themselves to use the dirty word ‘accessory’, and so they have to come up with fancy names and acronyms to identify their add-on products.
McLaren’s name for their accessories department is McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which makes them sound like an elite military unit – which they aren’t. But McLaren take their accessory range to an even more ridiculously complicated level, by having no less than five different divisions within MSO, each providing different personalization and after sales support options. Continue reading ‘McLaren Special Operations introduce new accessories ranges’ »
McLaren supercars are superbly designed and well thought out. Sadly the same can’t be said for their naming strategy. Which is terrible. Their most recent models include the random combination of letters and numbers used to name the MP4-12C, then they backtracked a little and created the over-simplified name for the glorious P1. Then they decide that’s too simple and come up with the 650S. None of the names really gel well together, and they don’t really tell you much about the car’s position in McLaren’s lineup. Cue the latest rubbish name from McLaren, the “Sports Series”.
The absurdly high-tech McLaren P1 GTR is a track day weapon for the super rich. Until now McLaren have only shown images of the exterior, but now they’ve revealed what it looks like from the inside. It comes as absolutely no surprise the cockpit is extremely functional. Carbon fiber is everywhere. Literally everywhere. It’s on the doors, dashboard, steering wheel, center console, a-pillar covers and even the seats are made of the stuff.
The P1 GTR arrives 20 years after the legendary F1 GTR appeared ahead of its 1995 GT season debut. Like the F1 GTR, McLaren are hoping to dominate the track with the new P1 racer. And with no need to make the car road legal, the P1 GTR is a track-focused, high-performance rocket which is the most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations ever.
While the McLaren P1 GTR is based on the P1 road car, there are numerous modifications and upgrades to the vehicle. Aerodynamic improvements include a new front clip with a splitter and redesigned radiator ducts, revised lateral air intakes, repositioned exterior mirrors, underfloor air management, a large rear diffuser and a huge rear spoiler mounted on carbon fiber pylons. Continue reading ‘McLaren P1 GTR’ »
McLaren’s new 650S model now comes in three flavors, the standard road going 650S, the competition-spec 650S GT3 for serious racers, and now there’s the 650S Sprint which is aimed at track enthusiasts who still want a little bit of comfort. The 650S Sprint also replaces the MP4-12C-based 12C Sprint as McLaren’s track toy for the super-rich.
Compared to the road model, the 650S Sprint features increased downforce and better cooling airflow to the 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8. It also features a competition-spec fuel tank and quick-fill cap, a larger radiator borrowed from the GT3 car, a new hood with additional cooling ducts for the radiator, front wing louvres for improved airflow, reduced ride height and recalibrated damping and spring rates, 19-inch center-locking race wheels with either Pirelli slicks or wet tires, onboard air jack system, and an upgraded braking system. Continue reading ‘McLaren 650S Sprint – track toy for the well-heeled’ »
The McLaren P1 is one of the most technologically advanced supercars on the planet. And now, 20 years after the game-changing McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a racing version has been announced. A GTR version of the P1 was always going to happen, McLaren are too proud of their racing history and they’ve put too much into the car to keep it as a show-off thing for the absurdly wealthy. So when the 375th and final P1 road car rolls off the production line, the P1 GTR will go into limited production, exact numbers are yet to be announced.
Costing £1.98M ($3.35M) the McLaren P1 GTR will be a track-only vehicle. This means McLaren don’t need to worry themselves with trying to make it road legal or emissions compliant. It will feature enhanced levels of grip, improved aerodynamics and greater downforce. It will also be more powerful. McLaren are aiming for 986 horsepower. The P1 GTR will also have a wider track and unique styling. Continue reading ‘McLaren P1 GTR announced’ »
McLaren’s range of supercars just increased by a third. Not that difficult when you consider they only make two other cars at the moment, but still, it’s big news. The all-new McLaren 650S is designed to sit in between the MP4-12C and the P1 supercar. It takes design inspiration from both, and also takes advantages of the considerable number of motorsport technologies the company has developed over the last 50 years.
Available as a fixed-head coupe or as a Spider, with a retractable folding hard top, the 650S designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) of the McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. The styling is a mix of the P1 – mainly up front, and the MP4-12C, whose influence can be found mainly down the sides and round the back. The aerodynamic performance of the McLaren 650S is as efficient as the 12C, boasting the same drag coefficient figure, yet at 150 mph the amount of downforce created is 24 percent higher.
Active aerodynamics, which feature on both the 12C and McLaren P1, have been further developed for the 650S. The newly developed system means the Airbrake deploys whenever the car senses extra downforce is advisable – rather than simply under braking or when manually operated in ‘Aero’ mode. Continue reading ‘McLaren 650S, all-new supercar joins McLaren lineup’ »
McLaren Automotive have just made the announcement that they will be adding to their supercar line up with an all-new model called the 650s. The car will be positioned in between the Mp4-12C and the P1 in the company’s range.
If you happened to be one of the only 375 people on the planet who managed to lay their hands on McLaren P1 – arguably the most technologically advanced supercar ever built – would you then take it to a tuning company for some aftermarket upgrades? Probably not. But a company called German Special Customs (GSC) is hoping that at least a few P1 owners will give them a call, as they’ve gone to the trouble of crafting a new aerodynamic package for the car, as well as some performance parts designed to increase power output. GSC are calling their range of parts for the P1 “Night Glow”.
The most obvious changes are to the exterior of the car, where GSC have created their own body panels to replace those fabricated by McLaren. The kit includes a new front spoiler with integrated LED daytime driving lights and larger air intakes for cooling. New sideskirts are also added which include even more vents just ahead of the rear wheels. At the rear the McLaren P1 Night Glow is fitted with a new rear wing, a new air diffuser and two round tailpipes replace the single trapezoidal unit used on the standard car. Continue reading ‘GSC McLaren P1 Night Glow’ »