Would you buy one?

Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, McLaren has never built front-engined supercars. The SLR McLaren is an exception, but only because it was a collaboration initiated by Mercedes-Benz. But what if McLaren built cars with the engine placed over the front axle? Instagram’s "j.b.cars" had the same curiosity recently and rendered the familiar 765LT with the engine in the front. And it looks surprisingly cool.

The rendering retains all of the car's key features, but there are three major changes to suit the new configuration.

For starters, the nose is much longer now, as it needs to accommodate a V-8 engine. The cabin was moved rearward, and the hood and the front fenders have been lengthened. By contrast, the rear decklid seems a bit shorter. Because the engine was moved in the front, the vents on the rear fenders and rear side of the doors disappeared, so the profile looks a bit cleaner now. It may be just a rendering, but the front-engined 765LT looks much better than the Ferrari 812 Superfast.

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But as cool as it may look, there is a downside to this design. The front-engined layout comes with some disadvantages, so a car like this would be a bit slower than the mid-engined 765LT. Not that a slightly slower sprint to 60 mph would matter much in the eyes of supercar collectors, but it’s probably why McLaren has been building mid-engined vehicles since day one.

2021 McLaren 765LT specifications
Engine configuration M840T engine, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, 3994cc
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power PS (bhp/kW) @ rpm 765 (755/563) @ 7,500rpm
Torque Nm (lb ft) @ rpm 800 (590) @ 5,500rpm
Transmission 7 Speed SSG. Comfort, Sport and Track modes
Steering Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted
Chassis Carbon fibre MonoCage II monocoque, with aluminium front and rear crash structures
Suspension Independent adaptive dampers, dual aluminium wishbones, Proactive Chassis Control II (PCC II). Comfort, Sport and Track modes
Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs (F: 390mm R: 380mm) with forged aluminium brake calipers (6-piston front Monobloc; 4-piston rear)
0 -97km/h (0-60mph) 2.7 seconds
0-100km/h (0-62mph) 2.8 seconds
0-200km/h (0-124mph) 7.2 seconds
0-400m / ¼ mile <10 seconds*
Maximum Speed 330km/h (205mph)
200 – 0km/h (124mph – 0) braking <110m*
100 – 0km/h (62mph – 0) braking 29.5 m

Source: JB Cars via Instagram

Ciprian Florea
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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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