It’s also the fastest hybrid on the market

When it introduced the Speedtail back in October 2018, McLaren said that it will be the fastest vehicle it has built so far. More than one year later and it’s official, the Speedtail has the highest top speed of any McLaren to date. The hybrid supercar hit a top speed of 250 mph during tests on the the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds drag strip at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, surpassing the previous record holder, the McLaren F1.

The McLaren Speedtail hits 250 mph with ease

The McLaren Speedtail Is Officially The Fastest McLaren Ever Made
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The 250-mph benchmark is decidedly impressive and it turns out the Speedtail hits such a speed with ease.

The hybrid supercar reached the benchmark more than 30 times during testing at the Kennedy Space Center, proving that it doesn’t require special conditions to do so. In fact, all it takes is a runway that’s long enough to get to 250 mph. These runs ended a testing period that included top speed attempts in Idiada, Spain and Papenburg, Germany.

The McLaren Speedtail Is Officially The Fastest McLaren Ever Made
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The Speedtail’s top speed capabilities aren’t surprising either.

The hybrid is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor that generate a combined 1,055 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.

This rating enables a zero to 186 mph sprint of only 13 seconds. What’s more, the three-seat GT is the most aerodynamically-efficient McLaren ever, a crucial feat in reaching mind-boggling speeds.

McLaren Speedtail specifications
Powertrain 4.0-liter V-8 engine and an electric motor
Combined Output 1,55 HP
Combined torque 848 LB-FT
Top Speed 250 mph
0 to 186 mph 13 seconds

The McLaren Speedtail is faster than the F1

The McLaren Speedtail Is Officially The Fastest McLaren Ever Made
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Up until now, the McLaren F1 was the company’s fastest production car.

The F1 became the world's fastest production car in 1998, when it reached a top speed of 240.1 mph. In 1993, the F1 hit 231 mph, so the 1998 record was just an update.

The British supercar retained its Guinness Book record until 2005, when it was surpassed by the Bugatti Veyron. McLaren needed no fewer than 15 years to build a faster supercar. The Speedtail is almost 10 mph faster than the F1, an upgrade that required an electric motor, notably more power and torque, and better aerodynamics.

The McLaren Speedtail isn’t the fastest production car in the world

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Although it's faster than the F1, the Speedtail isn't the fastest production car in the world. This title goes to the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which in 2017 set a new record at 277.87 mph.

That’s 17 mph faster than the Speedtail. The Bugatti Veyron is also faster than the Speedtail at 253.81 mph, as is the SSC Ultimate Aero TT at 256.18 mph. The same goes for the Bugatti Veyron SS, which hit 267.85 mph in 2010. The Bugatti Chiron is also said to hit 261 mph, 11 mph more than the Speedtail. But despite being slower than a handful of supercars, the Speedtail is also mighty impressive. What’s more, it turns out that it’s the fastest hybrid you can buy right now.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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