These badges come from Olympic medal manufacturing jeweler

Just when you thought that the limited-run-exclusivity of the Speedtail was enough to make you feel special, Mclaren has gone a step further to let you know that this car is not just fast; it also involves luxury. Instead of having the regular aluminum and gloss black exterior badges, the British brand has worked with Vaughtons jeweler to create an 18-carat white gold emblems with inset carbon fiber.

Let’s Exude Royalty With Exclusivity

McLaren Takes Luxury and Exclusivity to All New Levels with Gold and Platinum Badging for the 2019 Speedtail
- image 800898

McLaren has teamed with Vaughtons, a jeweler based out of Birmingham, England, to create these special badges. Vaughtons is known to make important items, including Olympic gold medals and the FA Cup soccer trophy.

The badges featured on the Speedtails are made from 18-carat white gold.

Vaughtons has laser-etched McLaren’s hallmark and has made markings showing the pieces’ creation date and location. The carbon fiber inlays were made using McLaren’s new Thin Ply Technology.

It doesn’t end here. You can opt for a solid platinum version of the badges if gold is not your ‘thing.’ If you’re buying this car for speed only, and each ounce of weight matters, then you can opt for a lacquered emblem transfer that’s essentially just a decal bearing the automaker’s name.

A Little About The Speedtail

McLaren Takes Luxury and Exclusivity to All New Levels with Gold and Platinum Badging for the 2019 Speedtail
- image 801060

The Speedtail is a new model that focuses on road-oriented performance, unlike the Senna, which is more track-centric. This three-seater, with driver’s cockpit in the middle, will come packed with McLaren’s 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine and electric motors.

The combined effort helps the Speedtail generate a staggering 987 horses, allowing it to sprint up to 243 mph.

The hypercar, set to launch on October 26, will have a limited production run of 106 units only. The Speedtail comes with a price tag of 1.75 million pounds ( $2.3 million); before options like white gold badges.

Conclusion

McLaren Takes Luxury and Exclusivity to All New Levels with Gold and Platinum Badging for the 2019 Speedtail
- image 801057

Since McLaren already has reservations for all the 106 copies of the Speedtail, so the only way to buy one will be if you find it on the second-hand market; or if McLaren goes the Ford GT way and re-opens application to reserve one again. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section below.

Further Reading

2019 McLaren Speedtail
- image 736315

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 McLaren Speedtail.

The first McLaren Senna shipped to the U.S. Is drop dead gorgeous Exterior
- image 787414

Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.

2014 McLaren P1 High Resolution Exterior
- image 525097

Read our full review on the 2014 McLaren P1

1993 McLaren F1 High Resolution Exterior
- image 674548

Read our full review on the 1993 McLaren F1

The 106 individuals who have reserved McLaren’s next Ultimate Series, the McLaren Speedtail, are being offered the chance to add a unique finishing touch to their 243mph-plus Hyper-GT by selecting from a range of optional finishes for their car’s badging. The material finish that McLaren has chosen to exhibit first is a combination of 18 carat white gold and carbon-fibre inlays. The materials used represent just one of the innovative ways Speedtail is combining art with extreme performance and is already proving popular with customers who have seen the car at its first private preview event.

McLaren Automotive’s famous brand badge, featuring the McLaren ‘Speedmark’ logo, is crafted in gold by a specialist company in the UK’s Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. A set of three badges, two brand badges (front) and one name badge (rear), is available as part of the limitless tailoring opportunities available from McLaren Special Operations (MSO) for the three-seat Hyper-GT.

The 18 carat white-gold emblems on the front and back of Speedtail are laser-etched with a McLaren hallmark, showing where and when they were created, and feature carbon inserts utilising McLaren’s new and exclusive TPT (Thin Ply Technology). The front badge weighs 100 grams. But for the more weight-conscious customer, a lacquered transfer which weighs almost nothing can be specified instead.

The gold badge set has been hand-crafted for the Woking-based sportscar and supercar manufacturer by Vaughtons, which since 1819 has been creating the most exclusive badges and trophies – including Olympic gold medals and football’s FA Cup.

It is not the first time that real gold has been used in a McLaren car. Speedtail’s three-seat, central-driving-position forerunner, the legendary McLaren F1 of 1993, famously used gold foil as a heat shield in the engine compartment.

“As beautiful pieces of exquisitely hand-crafted jewellery, the white-gold badges perfectly set off a car that in every way represents a new gold standard for McLaren luxury. They fit perfectly with the philosophy of the Speedtail, the most luxurious car in McLaren Automotive’s portfolio, as well as paying homage to its forebear, the McLaren F1.”
Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive Design Director

As well as being the most well-appointed McLaren ever, the Speedtail’s petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, with a now-confirmed output of more than 1000PS, will deliver a top speed of over 243mph, the mark set by the McLaren F1. Just 106 Speedtails are being created, mirroring the number of F1s sold in the 1990s. Each car is priced from £1.75 million plus local taxes, and all have been allocated.

As standard, the Speedtail’s McLaren badge is made of aluminium with a gloss black inlay. In addition to the solid white-gold badge with TPT carbon inlays,there is also a solid platinum version available - one more element of the bespoking opportunities that MSO is offering clients to ensure that every Speedtail is unique.

“Speedtail is centred around breathtaking beauty, luxury and craftsmanship,” says Rob Melville. “The gold badges add to a car whose jewel-like qualities already shine out, and confirm Speedtail’s uniqueness as the luxury McLaren without equal.”

McLaren’s next Ultimate Series and first ever Hyper-GT will be revealed on October 26, 13:00BST, at cars.mclaren.com

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: