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Today is both a day of somber remembrance and a day of historical celebration. It was on this day, 20 years ago in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix that Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna lost his life.

McLaren , the F1 team Senna spent most of his career with, has posted up this short video celebrating one of his most incredible driving experiences at Monte Carlo . The words are Senna’s own, and his description of the moment is a spine-tingling demonstration of why many believe him to be one of the best to ever get in the car.

If you are eager to learn more about Senna after watching this short clip, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out the documentary film, Senna. You can find it on Netflix, and watch it for free. Even if you are not a fan of Formula One racing, the Senna documentary is still and exciting piece of film making that most will find enjoyable.

While it was sad to see Senna go, the deadly weekend at San Marino that took the lives of both Senna and Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger was the final straw that broke the camel’s back on racing safety. An immediate and far-sweeping reform of safety in F1 took place, and since then not a single F1 driver has lost his life on the track.

It seems that in both life, and after, Senna changed the way the world saw Formula One racing forever.

Rumors about McLaren’s plans on building an SUV have been floating around ever since Lamborghini confirmed the Urus, but the Brits aren’t likely to give in and follow the trend started by manufacturers such as Porsche or BMW .

In a recent interview, company chief executive officer Mike Flewitt ruled out any chances of seeing an SUV roll out of Woking, quoting the McLaren heritage and the brand’s desire to remain focused on building sports cars .

"We genuinely believe we make the best sports cars in the world. We need to remain focused. McLaren is a sports car brand and that’s exactly what we’re going to remain," Flewitt said in an interview in Shanghai, China, according to Automotive News.

With SUVs out of the company’s foreseeable future, McLaren will be looking to increase global growth by launching an entry-level model called the P13 . Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the "baby" McLaren will go into production next next year.

Additionally, Flewitt stressed that the sports car manufacturer seeks to introduce one new model each year and boost annual sales to 4,000 vehicles by 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini Urus - one of the competitors for this denied McLaren SUV.

Source: Bloomberg

With the McLaren 650S already in production in both Coupe and Spider guises, it was only a matter of time until McLaren Special Operations (MSO) would come up with its unique upgrades for the British sports car .

Only a design study for now, the MSO 650S Coupe Concept blends aligns to the current trend that sees sports car manufacturers blending race-like body parts with special paint options, but offers no powertrain enhancements, leaving them to the track-focused model the Brits are working on.

With plenty of carbon-fiber parts inside and out and rolling on a set of lightweight wheels, the MSO comes in an attractive and unique package that’s likely to preview an upcoming limited edition vehicle. For now, though, the MSO 650S has embarked on a tour across China hoping to draw enough attention to make production worth while.

Even though the fancy body coating and most of the upgrades can’t be had right now, MSO is already offering a couple of updates for current 650S owners. But until a more extensive bundle becomes available, let’s see what the MSO concept has to offer and what sets it apart from the standard 650S.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren MSO 650S Coupe Concept.

Last time the McLaren 650S made it into our news we saw a Spider version hitting 205.6 miles per hour at the Hockenheim track. The video was more interesting that regular sports car hooning footage because the 650S managed to overcome its official 204-mph top speed.

We are now back with more McLaren 650S track goodness, but this time it has nothing to do with pushing the speedometer to the limit. The British sports car has now fallen into the hands of Chris Harris, who took it to the Ascari Racing Resort in Spain for a few unconventional laps. We say that because Harris never intended to set a new course record, but approached every corner the Ken Block way. Drifting that is.

Unlike most similar videos, this one is filmed with a camera mounted inside the cockpit, so you won’t be able to actually see the McLaren as it goes sideways through the curves. Don’t be disappointed though, seeing Harris work on that steering wheels is equally entertaining.

As a brief refresh, the McLaren 650S is powered by a turbocharged, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine that sends 650 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch box. The sports car needs only 2.9 seconds to sprint from naught to 60 mph and 10.5 to complete a quarter-mile run. The coupe’s top speed sits at 207 mph, while the Spider is officially rated at 204 mph.

Some of us consider buying a new pair of Jordans as money well spent. But for a guy like Jay Leno , Jordans just don’t cut it anymore. If you want to get this guy all giddy, he needs to buy something he really wants, which in this case happens to be a McLaren P1 .

Recently, Leno was captured taking the P1 out to stretch its legs and by looking at how excited he was just by getting out of it, you can tell that Leno already has a soft spot for this incredible piece of British engineering. If it weren’t so big, we would have thought he’s been hugging it in bed every night since he received it.

The McLaren P1 is a legitimate bad-ass, one that’s capable of producing a staggering 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. That allows the P1 to cover 0-to-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, faster than some of us can move our foot from the brake to the gas pedal when a traffic light turns green. Top speed is at 217 mph, which pretty much means it’s ridiculously fast.

When you’re driving a McLaren 650S there’s no such thing as too much track action. Be it the Nurburgring , Silverstone or Laguna Seca , McLaren ’s new sports car is in its natural environment.

Being brand-new, the 650S didn’t get too much track action up until now, save for the enduring testing session it was subjected to during development. But that will soon change as customers will start receiving their cars and, hopefully, they won’t be keeping them in air-conditioned garages.

Deliveries are still a few months off, but we’re happy to report that the folks over at Sport Auto got their hands on a McLaren 650S Spider and took it straight to the Hockenheim track, the other famous German racing course.

Their track test obviously included a full lap on the Formula One circuit, but they also did a top-speed trial. And this is where thing got more than interesting, as the 650S Spider managed to overcome its official top speed, which is rated at 204 mph.

Pushed to the very limit in its seventh gear and at about 7,500 rpm, the sports car reached 331 km/h, which is about 205.6 miles per hour. Sure, the gap is rather tiny, but it’s still something worth knowing and, more importantly, watching.

For a long time it was believed that the McLaren P13 would be the next sports car to come out of Woking. Details on the "baby" McLaren have been rather confusing, but now that the 650S is already in production, things are finally starting to take shape.

Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the P13 will go into production next year with a de-tuned, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The unit will deliver around 450 horsepower, which is nearly 200 horses less than the 650S . Pricing will be reduced as well, with the 911 fighter to retail for about $200,000, making it cheaper than the outgoing MP4-12C .

A smaller price tag also signals that the P13 will feature less carbon-fiber body parts compared to the 650S. According to Top Gear, the body will be mostly aluminum, although McLaren has yet to decide what processes will be used to make the vehicle’s panels.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P13.

Source: TopGear

Yes, we know what you’re thinking! The guys over at Top Gear finally got a chance to do a lap of their Dunsfold Aerodrome track in the McLaren P1 . Well, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Driving the British supercar you’re about to see in the video above is not The Stig, but Chris Goodwin — McLaren ’s chief test driver.

We don’t know whether the former race car driver was actually conducting any relevant testing or just having some fun, but we do know that this was the first time a McLaren P1 lapped the small course that has seen thousands of vehicles roaring upon it throughout its life.

Although there’s no actual lap time available for us to compare to other Top Gear’s famous list of cars, the footage show the P1 in its natural environment. The vehicle’s hooned at full throttle, its brakes are put to good use and you’ll even notice a bit of oversteer through the fast corners.

If this video is not enough to quench your thirst for the P1, make sure you stick around because there’s more coming our way. The YouTube user that uploaded this clip says we should be getting a full POV from the driver’s seat, as well as some track footage with the supercar in E-mode, soon enough.

About two weeks ago. we reported about McLaren ’s decision to pause 12C production to focus on the brand new 650S. Well, it appears that the temporary halt has just become permanent, with the British company revealing that the three-year-old 12C will no longer be built.

The move comes at no surprise, as the newly-launched 650S has proven to be quite popular with customers. Although it’s more expensive than the 12C, the new supercar will keep McLaren busy with an order bank that spans over at least six months.

Although it has stopped producing and taking orders for the MP4-12C , McLaren will continue to work on improvements for the said model. Starting June, 12C drivers will benefit from a free Technology Upgrade that includes a software update and an improved IRIS system.

First up is a new Active Aero software which will enable the car’s Airbrake to detect different driving scenarios and thus improve stability. The second upgrade included in the package is a Drag Reduction System (DRS) mode. Created to enhance high-speed aerodynamics, the DRS mode lowers the rear wing when the 12C is driven at full throttle in a straight line.

Lastly, an improved Android-based IRIS infotainment system will also come with the Technology Upgrade.

In addition, McLaren promises that the reversing camera and the DAB radio introduced on the 650S will be offered to 12C owners at "a special price."

Click past the jump to read more about McLaren MP4-12C.

Do you own an iOS or Android device and want a really fun way to kill a few hours of time? Check out the new 650S Design Studio app from McLaren . The app is an easy to use, portable version of an online car configuration tool, but McLaren have added some extra touches to make it special.

Start with picking your car, Spider or Coupe , and then choose your favorite color, wheels and options to create the perfect personalized supercar. Once you finish choosing your options, the fun really begins.

The app has the ability to insert your newly designed 650S into any picture on your device. Take a picture of your garage, and you instantly get to see what it would look like to park a new McLaren at your own house. Make your Facebook friends jealous by putting the new 650S casually into your vacation photos.

To make sure things look as real possible, McLaren claims the app will alter things like shading and reflections to make the photos look as real as possible.

If you would prefer to photobomb yourself with the 12C or the P1 , you are out of luck. The app only features the newly announced 650S, but I see no reason why an app update later couldn’t add other cars.

I wonder if I can put the 650S into my wedding photos to make it look like I am marrying a car...

You can pick up the app for Android ’HERE->https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mclaren.McLaren650S]. or you can grab the iPad/iPhone app HERE

Editor’s Note: I personally tried the app on Android (my results above), and it works very well!

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.


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