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McLaren 600LT Spider: the sky’s the limit for new Longtail convertible

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McLaren Automotive today releases first images and details of the third new model in its £1.2bn Track25 business plan – the McLaren 600LT Spider. The fifth car to carry the Longtail name, the new convertible fully embodies the McLaren Longtail philosophy of increased power, reduced weight, optimised aerodynamics, track-focused dynamics and limited availability. In addition, it brings a new dimension of excitement over the 600LT Coupé, without compromise to the dynamic purity of the most performance-focused car in the Sports Series line-up: a retractable hardtop to give the choice of open-air driving.

Like its 600LT Coupé sibling, the Spider records a significant weight saving over the model on which it is based, with McLaren’s engineers achieving a reduction of 100kg* at DIN weight over the 570S Spider. Furthermore, thanks to its lightweight but incredibly strong carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis, the convertible 600LT retains the structural rigidity of the Coupé with none of the strengthening that is usually required with conventional steel or aluminium structures. The result is a weight penalty of only 50kg over the Coupé, which contributes to a lightest dry weight of just 1,297kg for the Spider. This is at least 80kg less than any direct competitor and the equivalent power-to-weight ratio of 463PS-per-tonne underpins astonishing levels of performance and dynamic prowess.

Enhancing the Sports Series Longtail experience with open-air motoring is as easy as pushing a button to lower or raise the three-piece, powered retractable hardtop roof at speeds of up to 40km/h (25mph). With the roof lowered, occupants benefit not only from wind in their hair, but also the memorable aural and visual drama provided by the top-exit exhausts that are unique to the 600LT.  An electrically-operated, glazed wind deflector can be activated independently of the hardtop, to reduce buffeting or increase ventilation – or simply to allow more of the exhaust sound into the cabin.

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Incorporating technology proven in the 650S, 675LT and 570S Spiders, the hardtop roof is more secure and wear-resistant than a fabric alternative would be, as well as offering Coupé-like cabin refinement when in the raised position. Equally importantly, it allowed McLaren’s design team to maintain the focused design language and silhouette of the 600LT Coupé. When lowered, the roof stows elegantly with the assistance of soft-close technology beneath a tonneau cover located behind the seats; with the roof raised, this tonneau storage area provides an additional 52 litres of luggage space.

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The 600LT Spider benefits from the same portfolio of performance enhancements that has proved irresistible to 600LT Coupé buyers. The electronic control systems of the twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine have been revised, the cooling system uprated and the shorter exhausts tuned to liberate more power. The engine produces the same 600PS (592bhp) and 620Nm (457lb ft) in the Spider as it does in the Coupé.

The uprated powertrain enables the driver to exploit the 600LT Spider’s carbon fibre monocoque chassis to the full, aided by a dual-clutch, Seamless Shift seven-speed Gearbox (SSG) that features Ignition Cut in Sport mode to facilitate faster changes whilst delivering a dramatic aural crack from the top-exit exhausts, plus Inertia Push in Track mode to optimise acceleration. The 600LT Spider will reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in 2.9 seconds, with 200km/h (124mph) achieved in just 8.4 seconds – a near-indistinguishable 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupé. The maximum speed is 324km/h (201mph) with the roof raised, or 315km/h (196mph) with it lowered.

Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre bodywork that creates the Longtail silhouette and the same design of fixed rear wing as the Coupé which – despite the aerodynamic challenges posed by a convertible body – generates the same 100kg of downforce at 250km/h (155mph).  Ultra-precise, track-focused handling is supported by a forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension system with recalibrated dampers, firmer engine mounts and a lightweight braking system. The 600LT Spider is fitted with bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P- Zero™ Trofeo R tyres and the driving experience is further enhanced with quicker steering and sharpened responses from throttle and brake pedals.

Lowering the roof of the 600LT Spider showcases the performance-orientated interior, which features lightweight Alcantara® trim and Carbon Fibre Racing Seats from the McLaren P1™ as standard. The Super-Lightweight Carbon Fibre Racing Seats designed for the McLaren Senna are available as an option, either on their own or within the MSO Clubsport Pack. Further weight-saving options and measures – including deletion of the audio and climate control systems – are available to buyers determined to shave off every kilogramme possible.

The new 600LT Spider is the fifth model to carry the coveted LT badge, joining the illustrious bloodline that began in 1997 with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, of which only a development prototype and nine examples were built. Victorious in five of the 11 rounds of the 1997 FIA GT Championship, the original Longtail also finished first and second in the GT1 class at Le Mans, almost 30 laps ahead of the opposition. McLaren Automotive revived the legendary Longtail name at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, with the launch of the 675LT Coupé, a limited-volume model that rapidly sold out. In response to customer demand, a 675LT Spider followed, all 500 examples of which were sold within two weeks. The fourth model to bear the Longtail name, the 600LT Coupé, was revealed in July 2018 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has since been hailed by critics as one of the finest cars in its class – an accolade that will now be challenged by its new Spider sibling.

Like the Coupé, availability of the 600LT Spider will be limited, with build slots scheduled around other Sports and Super Series models.  Available to order now from McLaren retailers, each car will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England.

The 600LT Spider is priced from £201,500 with taxes (UK). Further information about the new addition to the McLaren Longtail family can be found at https://cars.mclaren.com/sports-series/600lt-spider.

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Design your personalised McLaren 720S Spider

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  • Digital configurator showcasing full range of colours and options now available online

  • Buyers can explore millions of unique permutations for new McLaren convertible supercar

  • McLaren 720S Spider can be ordered now at McLaren retailers, priced from £237,000 (UK)

Anyone with internet access can ‘build’ their dream car using McLaren’s advanced online 2D configurator, which now features the new McLaren 720S Spider. The digital system can be accessed without restrictions or password, allowing customers and brand enthusiasts to view and specify current McLaren Sports Series and Super Series models. Visitors to McLaren retailers additionally have the option to use a 3D, McLaren Automotive Realtime Configurator system that showcases the cars in on a large, 4K screen.

The new McLaren 720S convertible can be viewed in any of the 37 different body colours available, including the newly-introduced Belize Blue and Aztec Gold and re-introduced Heritage colour, Supernova Silver. 14 McLaren Special Operations (MSO) colours are offered, including Muriwai White, Papaya Spark, both of which are inspired by McLaren’s brand history, and newly created paints Ludus Blue and Cirrus Grey.

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The differing ‘By McLaren’ Designer interior themes and extensive range of options can also be explored. These include popular upgrades such as Visual Carbon Fibre finish and interior trim in Alcantara® and Nappa Leather. Whether you are seeking pure performance or refined luxury from a Super Series convertible, all requirements outside of an MSO Bespoke order can be satisfied.

The accompanying images taken from the configurator show three of the countless possibilities that can be specified. The car with the Belize Blue exterior has 10-Spoke Lightweight wheels finished in Satin Diamond Cut, showing off the Polished with Silver Machined Logo brake calipers. Exterior Carbon Fibre Packs 1 and 2, a Carbon Fibre Diffuser and Carbon Fibre Front Air Intakes have been selected, along with a Visible Carbon Fibre Monocage and Stainless Steel Sports Exhaust. Beneath the Electrochromic Retractable Hard Top, a Vintage Tan Interior Theme has been chosen. MSO Defined elements include Visual Carbon Fibre (VCF) Rear Deck. The full interior can be viewed – and the favoured specification chosen – on the configurator.

The Aztec Gold car also has 10-Spoke Lightweight wheels finished in Stealth, but the brake calipers are finished in Black with White Printed Logo. Exterior Carbon Fibre Packs 1 and 2 features, along with a Visible Carbon Fibre Monocage, Stainless Steel Sport exhaust, Dark Palladium Diffuser and Carbon Fibre Front Air Intakes. A Carbon Black interior theme with Carbon Primary and Secondary Components is complemented by an MSO Defined VCF Rear Deck.

The Supernova Silver car has 10-Spoke Lightweight wheels finished in Platinum, with calipers in Red with Silver Machined Logo. All three Exterior Carbon Fibre Packs have been selected in addition to a Visible Carbon Fibre Monocage, Stainless Steel sport exhaust and Carbon Fibre Diffuser. The Interior Theme is Black and Cassis, with Carbon Primary and Secondary Components. This car also has numerous visible MSO Defined exterior options, including the Rear Deck, Rear Aero Bridge, Sill Trim, Air Vent and Extended Rear Trim, all of which are in VCF.

The online 2D configurator is available at: http://configurator.mclaren.com/model/720S-Spider. Those wanting to experience the system in MARC (McLaren Automotive Real-time Configurator) guise will need to visit a McLaren retailer to explore the car in 3D and 4K detail, revealing even greater clarity and tonal accuracy.

Following its global debut earlier this month at the McLaren Winter Ball, the McLaren 720S Spider is available to order now from McLaren retailers, priced from £237,000 with taxes (UK).

To discover more about the new McLaren 720S Spider, visit: https://cars.mclaren.com/super-series/720s-spider. A film demonstrating the MARC system in operation can be viewed at https://youtu.be/GWF0Gm2CFBU

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McLaren 720S GT3 stuns on global race debut in Abu Dhabi

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The brand new McLaren 720S GT3 came tantalisingly close to a stunning win on its global competitive debut at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

The first GT racer designed and built in-house by McLaren Customer Racing dominated much of the second half of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit before suspension trouble dropped the car to a nevertheless impressive fifth place.

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The #5 car’s pace – and a totally trouble-free run for 10 hours in the hands of McLaren Automotive Factory Driver Ben Barnicoat (GB) and his teammates Álvaro Parente (PT) and Shane van Gisbergen (NZ) – turned heads in a paddock that included top GT racing cars, teams and drivers from around the world.

The McLaren 720S GT3 run by McLaren Customer Racing was quick out-of-the-box, setting encouraging times during the three practice sessions on the Yas Marina circuit – home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was in the hunt for pole position in its first ever qualifying session, with Barnicoat immediately topping the times. Co-drivers Parente and van Gisbergen continued to show impressive pace, however the car was pipped at the post by just half a tenth on aggregate times to take second in the GT3 class ahead of 16 competitors and third overall on the 33-car grid.

The race itself was split into two six-hour events and in the first of these, Barnicoat took the 720S GT3 into the lead after just an hour of its racing career. The combined efforts of all three drivers and the McLaren Customer Racing team would keep the Papaya Spark-coloured car in the hunt for the whole six hours, despite several incidents and two safety car interventions. The team reached the mid-point of the race in second overall, and ready to attack from the start of the second race.

The second part of the race showed the potential of the new McLaren 720S GT3, as the #5 car headed the charge to the flag. Within two laps van Gisbergen had taken the lead on the back straight, and by the end of Hour 10 the car had lapped the entire field.

Unfortunately, the dream of a win on the car’s global race debut was over moments later when an issue with the right front suspension forced van Gisbergen into the pits for repairs. Rapid work from the team saw the car return to action after just 13 minutes and with Ben Barnicoat back behind the wheel, set about chasing down the leaders. In the closing 90 minutes, the gap was reduced and the #5 720S GT3 crossed the line an impressive fifth in the GT3 Pro class and eighth overall, completing 309 laps of the Yas Marina circuit.

“It’s been a great start to the competitive life of the 720S GT3, which has proven itself against a world-class field and just as importantly, successfully progressed the development programme. I am incredibly proud of the efforts of the team at the circuit and back in Woking, who have achieved this result against world-class opposition.

“The experience of going wheel-to-wheel with the teams and cars that our customers will be aiming to beat with the 720S GT3 in the future has proved invaluable as we continue to learn lessons about how to get the very best from the car. Add that experience to the vast amount that we have learned during the design, build, testing and development with the McLaren 720S GT3 so far and we are growing in confidence about the prospects for the newest racing member of the McLaren family.”

Dan Walmsley, Motorsport Director, McLaren Automotive

The McLaren Customer Racing team will continue the 720 GT3 test and development programme, ahead of homologation early in 2019 which will enable the car to compete in a variety of GT3 racing championships around the world.

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NOVITEC N-LARGO The spectacular super sports car based on the McLaren 720S

NOVITEC N-LARGO: That is the label under which German luxury car refinement specialist NOVITEC presents a spectacular super sports car based on the McLaren 720S. The edition is limited to just 15 vehicles worldwide.

Visually, the two-seater captivates with its spectacular widebody version made from carbon, which received its finishing touches in the wind tunnel. Hi-tech forged wheels tailor-made for this car put even further emphasis on the wedge shape with their staggered combination of 20 and 21-inch wheels.

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The NOVITEC N-LARGO is powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, whose output was increased to 592 kW / 806 hp. It produces a peak torque of 878 Nm.

This powerplant catapults the mid-engine racer from rest to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds, shattering the 200-km/h mark after just 7.5 seconds. The top speed increases to 346 km/h.

An extra six centimeters at the front and another thirteen centimeters of width at the rear axle: The NOVITEC N-LARGO widebody version for the McLaren 720S captivates not only with its impressive dimensions: In cooperation with renowned German designer Vittorio Strosek, an extra-light designer outfit was created to match the base car’s lightweight construction. It offers an outstanding combination of thrilling styling and maximum aerodynamic efficiency.

The body conversion kit is entirely made of the hi-tech material carbon and designed to be easy to install thanks to its exemplary precise fit. The flawless surfaces ensure that it can be painted as perfectly as the production car.

The thrillingly styled front fenders and the rear side components of the widebody version completely replace their production counterparts. The NOVITEC N-LARGO components use the original mounting points to bolt to the chassis.

The larger fender wells at the front and rear axle then offer enough room for the MC2 wheels with center-lock look, produced specifically for the NOVITEC N-LARGO. They were developed in cooperation with American wheel manufacturer Vossen. As the result of being produced using hi-tech forging technology, these alloys offer an outstanding combination of lightweight construction and strength. They come in many different color variants and optionally with brushed or polished surface.

Especially at the rear axle, the widebody version permits an extremely concave wheel spider with seven filigree double-spokes. The size 12Jx21 wheels make optimal use of the newly created space in the N-LARGO fenders, and are fitted with Pirelli P ZERO high-performance tires of size 325/25 ZR 21.

Another stylistic device is the choice of 20-inch MC2 forged wheels on the front axle, which in conjunction with the larger 21-inch wheels at the back put even more emphasis on the wedge shape of the two-seater. These wheels with a likewise concave center section are nine inches wide and mounted with high-performance tires of size 255/30 ZR 20.

There is room for them in the front N-LARGO fenders, which in concert with the likewise newly designed rocker panels lend the two-seater a thrilling hourglass shape. The N-LARGO rocker panels not only create a perfect transition between the wider fenders, they also have integrated ventilation openings that route the airflow to the rear brake discs and calipers. The vertical air intakes aft of the doors supply the engine bay with fresh air.

The development of efficient aerodynamics components for a sports car as fast as the NOVITEC N-LARGO can only be professionally accomplished with complex wind tunnel tests. The new front fascia, which replaces the production component, is shaped to give the two-seater an aggressive-looking front. What is more: it perfectly fits the contours of the wider front fenders. Aerodynamic drag is reduced by its shape optimized in the wind tunnel and the front blade, which is optionally available in a naked-carbon version. This further optimizes the handling stability at high speeds.

The N-LARGO rear airfoil attachment was developed for the standard retractable spoiler as the aerodynamic counterpart in the rear. It is also available in a naked-carbon version for marked racing looks. Thanks to its sophisticated shape that features a spoiler lip extended to the rear, downforce at the rear axle is further increased. The wide fenders of the widebody version are adapted to the rear bumper with special add-on components at the left and right. In addition, NOVITEC also offers a naked-carbon version of the diffuser.

The N-LARGO trunk lid and the air scoop on the roof add further dynamic highlights. To complete the racing looks, NOVITEC also has naked-carbon housings for the side mirrors.

The ride height of the NOVITEC N-LARGO can be lowered by about 35 millimeters with the help of sports springs.

This makes the spectacular lightweight-design racer optimally prepared for a significant plus in performance. The 4.0-liter eight-cylinder with two turbochargers offers an excellent basis for powerful tuning. The NOVITEC engine technicians developed three different performance kits for the 720S. The plug-and-play NOVITEC N-TRONIC auxiliary control unit is adapted to the electronic engine controls of the vehicle.

In Performance Stage 2, the most powerful one, which in addition comprises a NOVITEC RACE high-performance exhaust system, the engine produces 63 kW / 86 hp more peak power and 108 Nm more torque. This means the turbocharged V8 with NOVITEC tuning puts out an impressive 592 kW / 806 hp at a low 6,700 rpm and produces a peak torque of 878 Nm at 6,300 rpm.

This of course also benefits the performance on the road: The tuned lightweight-construction sports car reaches a speed of 100 km/h after just 2.7 seconds. 7.5 seconds after the start, it has reached 200 km/h. The top speed increases to 346 km/h. The NOVITEC performance upgrade is not only evident in the further improved acceleration and increased top speed, but also in even more instantaneous throttle response and even more powerful in-gear acceleration.

The installation of a NOVITEC high-performance exhaust system is advisable on any McLaren 720S, even without engine tuning. The exhaust system features two tailpipes with a diameter of 95 millimeters and comes with a choice of polished or matte black stainless steel. In the interest of reduced heat build-up in the engine bay, it is fully insulated and is available with or without actively controlled exhaust flaps. Optionally, this sport exhaust can also be made from the even lighter INCONEL used in Formula 1 racing. In addition, the product range includes lighter and even more efficient sports catalysts.

It goes without saying that the NOVITEC N-LARGO can also be personalized in every detail to the preferences of the new owner in the interior. The finest leathers and Alcantara in any desired color are available for that purpose.

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McLAREN SENNA 001 TAKES THE ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP

The first customer McLaren Senna built, which carries chassis number 001, was officially presented this week to its owner, London-based businessman, David Kyte – who immediately set out to enjoy his new purchase on a 1,400km ‘road trip’, accompanied by five other McLaren cars.

Following the presentation by McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt and other McLaren Automotive and McLaren Special Operations senior executives, which took place at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK, ‘Senna 001’ departed for the south of France with three other McLaren Sennas, a McLaren 720S and a McLaren 600LT. The convoy of supercars, whose drivers included racing driver and nephew of Ayrton Senna, Bruno Senna; McLaren Automotive Chief Operating Officer, Dr Jens Ludmann and McLaren Ultimate Series Vehicle Line Director, Andy Palmer, has now arrived at the Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille, where Mr Kyte will join a Pure McLaren driving experience taking place this weekend.

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“Handing over the key to the first customer McLaren Senna built was an honour for me and a milestone for the company,”commented McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt. “David Kyte is a longstanding McLaren enthusiast with a true passion for our brand and a number of McLarens to prove it. We have had many conversations about the car he has now taken delivery of and while I believe that the McLaren Senna is already incredible in every respect, the additional work that David has commissioned from McLaren Special Operations has taken ‘Senna 001’ to another level.”

Finished in MSO Anniversary White with striking livery painted in MSO Aurora Blue and the Senna brand displayed on the wing endplate, the bespoke McLaren Senna also features roof ‘snorkel’, T-Bar and fuel filler cover in MSO Satin Visual Carbon Fibre; brake calipers painted in MSO Bespoke Burton Blue; and MSO Bespoke Coloured Centre Lock wheel nuts in Volcano Red. The paintwork alone took more than 600 hours to complete, two paint specialists devoting two weeks to ‘masking-up’ the car before the livery was applied.

‘Senna 001’ is further personalised with individual references to the legendary Ayrton Senna: his signature is on the door shut, the years that he was Formula One World Champion are engraved on the throttle pedal and the layout of the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, Brazil – with the McLaren badge marking the start/finish line – is clearly visible on the front of the car. The interior has also been enhanced by McLaren Special Operations to Mr Kyte’s requirements, with MSO Bespoke interior trim in black Alcantara® complemented by diamond-stitching on the seats and a Senna ‘S’ logo embroidered on each headrest, all in Harissa Red. Black carpet with Harissa Red Alcantara® piping and decorative stitch, Volcano Red door struts and red-tinted carbon fibre control surrounds complete the personalisation. The vehicle keys are also in red-tinted carbon.

“I committed to buying a McLaren Senna as soon as I became aware that McLaren was developing the car – so long before the name was confirmed – but leaving the McLaren Technology Centre after the handover ceremony was the first time I have actually driven one,” explained Mr Kyte. “Now, with 1,400km covered, I’m delighted to report that as someone who rates driver engagement as crucial to driver enjoyment, the Senna has more than exceeded my expectations.”

Mr Kyte continued: “Working with McLaren Special Operations on the bespoke design of the car was a fascinating experience; MSO has undertaken personalisation on other McLarens I own, but this was a much more complex projectThe original inspiration for the livery was to trace the way that the air flows over the body but we decided on a more stylised design, with which I am absolutely delighted. I also love the fact that there are features on the car that are almost hidden, such as the details honouring Ayrton Senna and the McLaren ‘Speedy Kiwi’ on each side of what I am extremely proud to call, ‘my Senna’”.

Mr Kyte travelled to Paul Ricard to take part in a Pure McLaren experience – the official track driving programme of McLaren Automotive. The events provide an opportunity to drive a McLaren at some of the best circuits in Europe and North America, with a range of courses available encompassing customers new to the circuit through to those obtaining their professional racing licence. The weekend at Paul Ricard incorporates the FIA-sanctioned Pure McLaren GT Series, in which Mr Kyte competes in his McLaren 570S GT4.

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BESPOKE McLAREN SENNA WITH FULL VISUAL CARBON FIBRE BODY IN EMERALD GREEN TINT BY MSO ONE OF FIRST CUSTOMER DELIVERIES

The first North American designation of McLaren’s most extreme road car ever built, the McLaren Senna, has been delivered to customer Michael Fux in New York City. An entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector known for his eclectic taste, Mr. Fux’s Senna features an extensive list of bespoke content specified through McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

Perhaps most significant is the Full Visual Carbon Fibre Body, tinted in a custom emerald green colour known as “Fux Green”. Comprising 67 parts, the full body set takes almost 1,000 hours to produce. Blue and red wheel centre lock nuts and ball polished wheels complete the exterior, while the body colour is carried through to the interior, with “Fux Green” Tinted Carbon in Gloss Finish complemented by a bright white leather facia, seats, door uppers, and steering wheel, with green contrast stitching on the seats and steering wheel. The headliner remains in Carbon Black Alcantara®, while the door struts and rear-view mirror are painted in green.

“We’re pleased to deliver the first McLaren Senna in the North American market,” said Tony Joseph, President, McLaren North America. “This is such a special car, designed and engineered to be the ultimate road-legal track car ever produced by McLaren. We know that owners can’t wait to get their cars on the circuit, and we’re eager for them to get behind the wheel.”

Bearing the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, the newest family member in the Ultimate Series was developed to be the most responsive and engaging road-legal McLaren ever, offering the purest connection between the driver and car. Though the engine specs are impressive — a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 800PS and torque of 800Nm for 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds and 0—124mph in a blistering 6.8 seconds — the aerodynamics on the McLaren Senna are arguably most noteworthy. The active front aero blades and an active rear wing contribute to up to 800kg of downforce, supported by the aggressive, form-follows-function design of the McLaren Senna that prioritises aerodynamic performance above visual appearance.

As with all McLaren road cars, the McLaren Senna features a carbon ‘tub’ — the Monocage II — which contributes to the lightest dry weight of 1,198kg, making the McLaren Senna the lightest McLaren since the iconic F1. The RaceActive Chassis Control II suspension ensures maximum stability under heavy braking, high-speed cornering and intense acceleration, while the next-generation carbon ceramic, motorsport-derived brakes and bespoke Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R tyres deliver a more connected driving experience and quicker lap times.

The “Fux Green” McLaren Senna joins a bespoke 720S that is also in Mr. Fux’s collection. Noted for its bright white interior and custom fuchsia exterior colour known as “Fux Fuchsia”, Mr. Fux’s 720S made a splash on the Concept Car Lawn at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. These supercars join his other McLarens – a 12C in McLaren Orange and a 12C Spider in bespoke purple.

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McLAREN 600LT: THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE McLAREN ‘LONGTAIL’ STORY

The McLaren 600LT marks the beginning of the next chapter in the McLaren ‘Longtail’ (LT) story and at the same time sets a new sportscar benchmark as the fastest, most powerful and most track-focused – yet road legal – Sports Series McLaren has created.

“The McLaren 600LT is only the fourth ‘Longtail’ McLaren in more than two decades. The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ that began the lineage was one of the purest race cars in modern motorsport history. The 675LT resurrected the revered name, creating the purest distillation of the sheer driving pleasure embodied by all McLaren cars. Now we are further extending our very special LT family –albeit in limited numbers – and once again showcasing the ethos of optimised aerodynamics, increased power, reduced weight, track-focused dynamics and enhanced driver engagement that are the hallmarks of a McLaren ‘Longtail’.”
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive

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Inspired by the renowned McLaren 675LT and its iconic ‘Longtail’ racing predecessor, the McLaren 600LT is built to excel on roads and race circuits alike. The new addition to the LT family has all the physical hallmarks of a true McLaren ‘Longtail’, including a silhouette elongated by 74mm; it also has an extended front splitter, lengthened rear diffuser and fixed rear wing. In total, more than 23% of parts (by number) are different on a standard McLaren 600LT compared to a McLaren 570S Coupé.

Extreme weight-saving measures were at the heart of the McLaren 600LT programme from its outset, with a reduction of 96kg against the DIN weight of a 570S Coupé targeted and achieved. Built using the lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis for which McLaren is renowned, the 600LT further benefits from new carbon fibre bodywork that lowers vehicle weight as well as optimising aerodynamic performance. Unique top-exit exhausts ensure that the new LT model has a distinct aesthetic appearance that identifies it as something particularly special, as well as delivering a substantial weight saving and an incredible aural experience.

The minimalist, track-focused interior has Carbon Fibre Racing Seats first seen on the McLaren P1™, and lightweight Alcantara® trim material features extensively. Super-Lightweight carbon fibre seats developed for the McLaren Senna are available in lieu of the standard seats if customers are looking for further weight savings, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) offers a range of features that includes a carbon fibre roof and cantrails and vented carbon fibre front fenders. With every lightweight option fitted, the lightest dry weight of the new McLaren 600LT is as low as 1,247kg.

To deliver the extreme performance appropriate for an LT, the McLaren 600LT is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine that benefits from an uprated cooling system and reduced back pressure in an exhaust system that is even shorter and more extreme than that of the McLaren Senna. Peak power is 600PS (592bhp), with maximum torque of 620Nm (457lb ft) and the power-to-weight ratio of the McLaren 600LT at lightest dry weight is an astonishing 481PS/tonne.

The essence of a McLaren ‘Longtail’ is more though than its physical silhouette and more even than reduced weight and increased power; the absolute remit of the McLaren 600LT is to engage and excite drivers to the highest levels imaginable. To this end, the new model features the forged aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight braking system from the second-generation McLaren Super Series; bespoke, track-focused Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R tyres; quicker steering; sharpened responses from the throttle and brake pedals; significantly firmer engine mounts and exhausts that are mounted virtually behind the driver’s shoulder to bring the incredible sound of the powertrain into the cabin.

The new carbon-fibre bodywork and large rear diffuser deliver substantially increased downforce to further enhance the 600LT dynamic experience, especially on a track. The driver is encouraged by the deep-rooted and incredibly pure connection with the car to fully exploit the optimised aerodynamics, reduced weight, increased power and track-focused dynamics. This higher level of excellence and engagement is the ethos at the heart of the McLaren 600LT, just as it was with the McLaren 675LT models and the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ before them.

The dramatic ‘Longtail’ iteration of the McLaren F1 GTR made its debut during the 1997 season, the distinctive stretched silhouette earning it the now-iconic name. Only nine examples and the development prototype were built. In addition to the elongated bodywork that reduced drag and increased downforce, there were further developments beneath the stretched skin, including fully adjustable suspension and a sequential transmission.

Optimised through extensive weight-saving measures, the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was more than 100kg lighter than the already flyweight, 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning, McLaren F1 GTR and became one of the most illustrious GT race cars of its time. The McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ took victory in five of the 11 rounds of the 1997 FIA GT Championship and finished first and second in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The nearest opposition was almost 30 laps behind.

McLaren Automotive revived the legendary ‘Longtail’ name at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, with the launch of the 675LT Coupé. Weight was minimised and aerodynamics were optimised, in parallel with power and driver engagement increasing. The track-focused dynamics were proudly obvious and only a limited number were available. True to the spirit of its ‘Longtail’ predecessor and the traits inherent to a car wearing the LT badge, the 675LT Coupé was at the time of launch acknowledged as the purest, most involving series-production McLaren supercar to date.

Responding to customer demand after the production run of Coupés rapidly sold out, McLaren created the McLaren 675LT Spider. The most focused, fastest and exhilarating open-top model to ever wear a McLaren badge, all 500 examples were sold within two weeks.

Volume of the new McLaren LT will also be strictly limited. Production of the 600LT Coupé will begin in October 2018 and last for around 12 months, with build slots scheduled around existing Sports and Super Series models, as well as the sell-out Senna, Senna GTR and BP23. The specialist carbon fibre body panels of the 600LT will also ensure that it is significantly rarer than its Sports Series brethren.

Like its 675LT predecessors, each 600LT will be hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey. Available to order now from McLaren retailers – subject to availability – the McLaren 600LT Coupé is priced from £185,500 with taxes (UK), which includes* a Pure McLaren Road Owner Track Day at a race circuit, with expert driving tuition.

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LEGENDARY McLAREN F1 GTR ‘LONGTAIL’ Based on the 675LT

Any McLaren 675LT is a very special car that already stands out from the crowd, although if a customer desires something even more dramatic – and even more exclusive – McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is on hand to ensure that bespoke requirements are met, no matter how complex.

Challenged to produce a road-going homage to the McLaren F1 GTRs that performed so strongly in endurance racing in the 1990s, winning the 1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and the GT1 Class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997, MSO has created a McLaren 675LT that combines a famous racing livery with personalised and bespoke features to the customer’s brief. The project, which was undertaken with agreement from Gulf Oil International Ltd that its famous racing livery colours could be used, occupied more than 1,000 hours of MSO time. The paintwork – including airbrushing – accounted for 800 hours of that total.

“Creating a car like this unique McLaren 675LT, crafted to individual customer specification, is exactly the type of demanding commission that MSO Bespoke was formed to embrace,” explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations. “Transforming the existing car from its original single colour paintwork to a tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ in Gulf Racing livery was incredibly demanding in its own right, but was only part of the brief; we also replaced numerous standard 675LT components with MSO parts and further personalised the car to clearly identify it with its owner, a service that an increasing number of MSO customers request.”

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The light blue, black and red hues of the exterior paint – and of course the trademark orange centre stripe – are an unmistakeable recreation of the Gulf Racing colours that adorn the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ race car, one of the cars that inspired McLaren to produce the 675LT. The 20-spoke wheels, finished in Dayglo Orange, continue the theme.  The same orange colour is used for sill badges that bear the customer’s initials.  The car is fitted with louvered front wings, roof scoop upgrade and carbon fibre airbrake from the MSO range of options for the McLaren 675LT, all featuring body colour paint.

The interior of the car was designed and executed to complement both the exterior theme and the personalisation. MSO Bespoke racing seats finished in Carbon Black Alcantara® feature orange and blue contrast stitching, with the initials of the owner again featuring, this time embroidered in blue on the headrest.  The seat belts are from the MSO Defined range and are orange in colour.

The handling and powertrain bezels on the Active Dynamics Panel are finished in Gulf Blue, while the vent bezel surrounds and surround to the stop/start button are in Gulf Orange.

Now with extraordinary visual impact courtesy of MSO, this 675LT has the appearance to truly match its dramatic performance; with a twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine producing up to 675PS (666bhp) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque, the 675LT can accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in just 2.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 330km/h (205mph).

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THE McLAREN ULTIMATE SERIES MOBILE APPS

Now you can take your McLaren with you everywhere thanks to the brand’s new automotive mobile app, which puts the whole world of the British sportscar and supercar maker in your pocket or purse.

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The new McLaren mobile app, for Apple and Android smart phones, opens the door to McLaren Automotive with fingertip ease, capturing all the excitement and passion of the brand along the way.

As well as the latest McLaren content, users can view future McLaren events and book driving, motorsport and lifestyle experiences and see Mclaren Automotive’s content curated from across its social media channels.

The app provides access to owner manuals for each current model in the Sports Series and SuperSeries, in PDF form, available in a range of languages that can be downloaded from the app.

The new McLaren mobile app also offers users a range of ways to learn about, share in and become part of McLaren Automotive’s activities. The latest news and videos are sent straight to your phone and users can tailor the feed can to see the channel(s)they are most interested in.

There is a tutorial to show how easy it is to get the best from each area of the McLaren mobile app. And downloading and registering for the app is just as straightforward: if you are already registered with McLaren Automotive, look out for an email with a personal QR code – just scanning it with a phone will automatically fill in your details.  Alternatively, search “McLaren Automotive” in  the Apple App Store  or Google Play Store for further information.

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McLAREN 570GT MSO CABBEEN COLLECTION

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and Chinese fashion designer and entrepreneur, Mr. Cabbeen, have combined to create a bespoke McLaren 570GT that will be unveiled this week in Beijing at the Auto China 2018 show. The first bespoke model developed by MSO to introduce distinctive Chinese classic design elements, the McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection is the result of a styling collaboration with the Chinese fashion design wear company. Just five examples of the car will be available.

Finished in MSO Bespoke Obsidian Black paint complemented by a dragon design that has been hand-painted in Gloss Speedline Gold on both door inserts, the 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection additionally features a new 15-Spoke GT wheel, which together with the brake calipers are also finished in Gloss Speedline Gold.

“McLaren Special Operations is dedicated to providing customers with tailored choices that offer them almost endless personalisation alternatives,” commented, Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations. “As a fusion of contemporary British design style and Chinese classic art elements, the 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection was created to satisfy Chinese customers’ desire for individualisation and is further evidence of the growing interest in MSO services in the China market.”

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MSO Defined Carbon Sill Covers grace the inside the cabin, with unique vivid sculptural dragons embroidered in gold on the Alcantara® Centre Front Tunnel and Rear Luggage Deck. Designed by Mr. Cabbeen to elevate the five Cabbeen Collection cars to a new level of interior luxury, the dragon motifs are an example of Chao Embroidery, which is recognised as part of China’s cultural heritage.

The embroidered dragons on each of the five cars were sewn by Kang Huifang, the Director of the Professional Embroidery Committee of China’s Arts and Crafts Institute and renowned for her work over four decades to preserve the art of Chao Embroidery.

The McLaren 570GT is the most luxurious and refined Sports Series model, providing long-distance comfort and increased versatility while retaining a thrilling driving experience. Subtly visually different to the 570S Coupé, its classic GT lines sweep down into a side-opening rear glass hatch to provide an additional 220 litres of storage on the leather-lined touring deck, as well as an instantly recognisable visual identity. Chassis settings deliver the additional comfort expected from a car developed for touring, but the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine ensures the 570 GT has the exhilarating performance expected of a McLaren Sports Series model.

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THE NEW McLAREN 570S SPIDER DESIGN

McLaren is offering Sports Series convertible customers greater choice than ever – as well as helping them with their decisions – with new Design Edition specifications for the acclaimed 570S Spider.

Five McLaren 570S Spider Design Editions are available to order now, each offering a different but entirely harmonious theme based around signature McLaren colour and trim options. Each Edition has been carefully curated by McLaren Automotive designers, ensuring that the colours, materials and finishes complement each other to perfection.

“There is a virtually limitless number of different personalisation opportunities for the McLaren 570S Spider and who better to begin the process than the people who designed it?” commented McLaren Automotive Design Director, Rob Melville. “We have selected key exterior and interior colours and finishes that we believe showcase the 570S Spider in the most desirable way and are offering them as Design Editions that we as designers would choose.”

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The five new Design Editions have been created specifically for the McLaren Sports Series convertible, following the success of a Design Edition range for the 570S Coupé. As with the Coupé, the 570S Spider Design Editions offer a financial benefit over specifying the options separately. Customers can select additional features beyond the Design Edition content – such as carbon-fibre interior upgrades or exterior components – to further personalise their new purchase.

Each of the five Editions is based around a special body paint – Silica White, Storm Grey, Vermillion Red, Onyx Black or Vega Blue – with each matched to an interior scheme from the By McLaren Designer range; four sporting and one with a more luxury accent. Wheel finish, brake caliper colour and branding and finish of the 570S Spider’s electrically retractable two-piece hard-top are also all selected by McLaren designers to deliver the most visually balanced and pleasing result.

McLaren 570S Spider Design Edition 4, as illustrated in the accompanying images, is an Onyx Black car. The retractable hard-top is in body colour, the 10-spoke forged alloy wheels feature a Stealth finish and the brake calipers are in McLaren Orange with black printed McLaren logos. The interior comprises Carbon Black Alcantara, McLaren Orange nappa leather, McLaren Orange perforated nappa leather seats with contrasting stitching, colour co-ordinated steering wheel and McLaren branded leather sill finishers.

The four other Design Editions are equally striking, living up to their designer-label credentials with an aesthetic appeal that is uniquely McLaren. All display very different personalities, but all show the 570S Spider’s athletic, shrink-wrapped body and inviting open-top cabin in the most alluring way.

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McLAREN 570GT IS BACK IN BLACK WITH THE MSO BLACK COLLECTION

McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, is extending its Sports Series offering with the 570GT MSO Black Collection. Featuring new MSO Bespoke Carbon Black exterior paint, as well as an MSO Defined Titanium SuperSports Exhaust and Sport Pack dynamic handling package to further amplify its sporty character, the collection is limited to only 100 examples globally. The car promises to be a true collectible and offers enhanced driving thrills and a wealth of unique MSO content.

The exterior of the vehicle is finished in Carbon Black, a striking and extremely deep colour, developed specifically by McLaren Special Operations. The stealth theme extends to the MSO Defined Black Pack replacing standard-fit Dark Palladium components including front and rear splitters, side skirts and air intakes with black. Completing the look are the 5 Twin-Spoke Lightweight Forged Wheels with a new Gloss Black Diamond Wheel Finish shed with Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa Tyres and Black Brake Calipers with Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

The luxuriously-appointed interior of the McLaren 570GT is further enhanced with new MSO Black Collection Trim, which includes a unique combination of Jet Black Leather with Carbon Black Alcantara® accents on the centre tunnel, lower instrument panel, headliner, steering wheel and speaker surrounds. The Electric and Heated Memory Sports Seats are wrapped in Semi-Aniline Leather featuring unique MSO logo embroidery on the headrests. The high attention to detail continues with an MSO Defined Ignition Key painted in Carbon Black and a bespoke Dedication Plate located under the centre console. A Panoramic Roof incorporating a UV-filtering black privacy tint glass is standard and can be upgraded at an additional cost to the MSO Defined Electrochromic Panoramic Roof that was recently introduced to the MSO Defined range for the 570GT only. The electrochromic roof  allows customers to select their preference from five different degrees of tint using electrochromic ‘smart glass’ technology.

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The McLaren Sports Series is renowned for delivering a thrilling driving experience and the 570GT MSO Black Collection continues this tradition. The car features carbon-ceramic discs combined with the new dynamic Sport Pack, which gives customers sharper dynamic settings of the 570S Coupé and Spider. Increasing the drama even further is the MSO Defined Titanium SuperSports Exhaust with Nano Black finisher, which reduces the weight of the vehicle by five kilograms and provides a crisper exhaust tone which is 5dB louder than in the standard system. The 570GT MSO Black Collection also includes the GT Upgrade Pack comprising Vehicle Lift, Rear-View Camera, Power Adjust Steering Column and the ground-breaking 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Audio System.

Rob Melville, Design Director at McLaren Automotive commented: “McLaren Special Operations allows our customers to fully express themselves through their cars; and the new 570GT MSO Black Collection is no different. Black is a colour associated with elegance, power and authority whilst also surrounded by a certain air of mystery. The end result remains true to the luxurious nature of the 570GT but we managed to further amplify its sleek, sporty character with a wealth of new MSO Defined options which I am sure will delight discerning owners.” 

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