JVCKENWOOD and McLaren Automotive have teamed up to bring us the wildest McLaren 675LT we’ve seen to date. The car is known as the McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept and has debuted today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada. The 675LT, if you remember correctly, is the most driver-oriented McLaren ever. It has seen such a high demand that all 500 units to be built were sold out within a matter of months.

What JVCKENWOOD and McLaren have done now, is take a prototype 675LT and incorporated JVCKENWOOD’s CAROPTRONICS system with it, while greatly modifying the interior of the car. Sure, there were some minor changes to the exterior, but nothing like the inside – it is certainly something out of this world. I must say that as I look at the technology inside this concept, I think we’ll eventually move away from having glass windshields and end up staring into high definition touchscreens.

Anyway, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at this concept and why it is interesting enough to debut at the 2016 Consumers Electronics Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept.

Exterior

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On the outside, neither JVCKENWOOD or McLaren were quick to make many changes. I mean let’s be realistic here – that exterior is already pretty intense as it is. As you can see, silver racing stripes have been added to the hood and roof, as well as the sides, where those black-hole-like air intakes seem to devour them from existence. This silver helps to accent the vehicle and ties the super-lightweight alloy wheels to the rest of the car.

There are a couple of other exterior features as well, but they are all about function and not aesthetics. The doors have been equipped with blade-type rear view cameras, and another camera has been mounted in the rear, above the number plate. That rear camera, by the way, is painted in Palladium Grey. These cameras are linked to the systems available inside the vehicle, effectively making the car safer and providing more blind-spot visibility for the driver.

Interior

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The 675LT’s steering wheel has been replaced by the Steering wheel from the McLaren P1 GTR

Here is where the concept really gets interesting. The 675LT already has a minimalist interior, but with the help of JVCKENWOOD that has been taken a step farther. First, the little things. The dashboard has been topped with Carbon Black Nappa leather, as well as the upper beltline and central floor tunnel. Calypso Orange Nappa leather has been applied to the bolsters of the seats and armrests. The restraints on the tunnel have also been given the Calypso Orange treatment, and even more orange has been added to the seat belt guides. The center of the seat and floor mats have the 675LT logo but have been covered in a Strata Ribbed Textile, which happens to be a new material used in this concept.

It also received the Carbon Black Nappa leather, with Deep Cobalt Blue stitching.

Now for the technology, and boy is it something else. First off, you’ll notice the 675LT’s steering wheel has been replaced by the Steering wheel from the McLaren P1 GTR – it has been modified, however, with buttons installed to control the Heads-Up Display. That HUD, by the way, has graphics reminiscent of something you would see in fighter jets and made it possible for McLaren to remove the instrument panel altogether. Since all of the information the driver needs is displayed on the HUD, McLaren and JVCKENWOOD was able to completely remove the instrument cluster and replace it with a cooling vent for the driver – notice the Calypso Orange fins inside the vent?

Look above the driver seat, and you’ll see the Digital Rear View Monitor. It also received the Carbon Black Nappa leather, with Deep Cobalt Blue stitching. This is where the functionality from those exterior cameras come into play. All three cameras work together to display a wide view of what is behind the driver – effectively giving the driver a better line of site and practically eliminating blind spots.

Drivetrain

As far as we know, there has been no drivetrain alterations made to the JVCKENWOOD concept. That means it is still powered by the 3.8-liter V-8 that puts out an evil 666 horsepower and 515 pound-feet of torque. Of course, who really needs to up the power when you can hit 60 mph and 2.9 seconds on the way to 205 mph?

Conclusion

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What we have here is a concept that displays just what technology can do for us before the cars take over and start driving themselves. The fact that the Heads-Up Display can be effective enough and display enough information that we can do away with the traditional instrument cluster altogether is phenomenal. The side-view and rearview cameras will ultimately be used by autonomous cars in the future, but integrating a system like this – with the digital rear-view monitor – will make driving that much safer today, if we can integrate such a system into our everyday vehicles. Blind spots have always been and will be a problem, but if we can use cameras to do away with them altogether, driving will be that much safer. As I mentioned before, at this rate, windows will be replaced by display screens, but that won’t be so bad will it? Sometimes a second set of eyes helps solve a problem, well maybe technology like this can help us identify hazards quicker than ever before.

  • Leave it
    • * No drivetrain mods
    • * Little exterior mods
    • * What about autonomous features?

Press Release

McLaren Automotive and JVCKENWOOD unveiled today an innovative design study, the McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept, created for the CES® 2016 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Concept is based on the new McLaren 675LT Coupe and features a host of new technologies and celebrates the 25th anniversary of their Formula 1™ partnership.

McLAREN 675LT JVCKENWOOD CONCEPT

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For its collaboration with JVCKENWOOD, McLaren began with a 675LT Coupe prototype vehicle. The 675LT Coupe, which recently went into production at the state-of-the-art McLaren Production Centre in Woking, England, is the most driver-focused, lightweight and aerodynamically optimized model in the McLaren Super Series family. Strictly limited to 500 units, all sold out within a matter of months.

The McLaren design team, led by designer Peter Wilkins, was tasked with incorporating the JVCKENWOOD CAROPTRONICS system into the 675LT Coupe. Working closely with JVCKENWOOD’s Japan-based team, they focused their attention on the interior of the 675LT Coupe. The interior of a McLaren road car is a purposeful and minimalist environment and, with its emphasis on weight savings, the 675LT Coupe is one of the most extreme of all. This made it the ideal starting point for the McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept.

To incorporate JVCKENWOOD’s technology, the team created a layered and panoramic yet purposeful interior using a mix of classic McLaren materials and innovative new fabrics. The result is still recognizable as McLaren, but takes interior design a step forward. Carbon Black Nappa Leather is used to finish the top of the bespoke dashboard, upper beltline and forward portion of the central floor tunnel. A new Geometric Black Technical Fabric with a waxy grained finish to prevent reflections is applied to the area in front of the driver. This is then positioned to appear as if it is floating by a strip of Satellite Grey Technical Fabric across the dash area and into the doors. The usual center console is removed altogether with the air conditioning system, a delete option on the 675LT, to offer an even more spacious feel. The steering wheel is borrowed from the most exclusive McLaren model, the track-devoted McLaren P1™ GTR, with the IPAS and DRS buttons replaced by positioning controls for the Head-Up Display (HUD) with fighter plane inspired graphics. The HUD makes conventional instruments redundant, replaced by a vent framed by satin carbon fiber to provide cooling air directly to the driver. A flash of colour is provided by Calypso Orange anodized vertical strakes, a color and material that also surrounds the steering wheel-mounted start/stop button.

Calypso Orange Nappa Leather is applied to the bolsters of the 675LT racing seats and to the armrests around the hip point. These disappear out of sight once the driver is seated to give a focus on driving. The orange accent chases the eye down through to the tunnel-mounted leg restraints. Further flashes of orange appear on the seat shoulders for the seat belt guides. For the seat backs, centre of the tunnel and armrests, more Satellite Grey Technical Fabric is employed. The seat centre and floormats, complete with 675LT logo, are covered in hard wearing Strata Ribbed Textile, a new material for this concept. Above the driver sits the monitor for the Digital Rear View Monitor (DRVM). It has been integrated into the Carbon Black Nappa Leather headliner and framed with Deep Cobalt Blue stitching that continues back across above the driver and passenger.

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The already dramatic exterior of the 675LT Coupe is little changed. Key functional differences are the door-mounted rear view camera blades and third camera mounted above the rear number plate with its housing painted Palladium Grey. More visible are JVCKENWOOD silver racing stripes that start from the front hood-mounted McLaren badge and continue over the roof to finish ahead of the Longtail Airbrake. The stripes are also applied to each side of the 675LT where they disappear into the air intakes. The silver contrasts against the Onyx Black bodywork and provides a visual link to the gloss black machined Super-Lightweight 675LT alloy wheels, as well as the part-grey theme of the interior.

JVCKENWOOD TECH OVERVIEW

The technologies incorporated by JVCKENWOOD into the 675LT are staggering. Offering a fully digital cockpit experience, it demonstrates the best of JVCKENWOOD’s CAROPTRONICS sensing device systems. JVCKENWOOD’s all-in-one Head-Up Display (HUD) system combines with its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to communicate information to the driver. The system has three components as follows:

1. The HUD system replaces the conventional instrument cluster, and the driver receives all necessary information from the HUD with very little eye movement necessary, especially compared to a traditional display, which requires glancing downward for vehicle information. The advantage for the driver is concentration on the road is optimal, contributing to control, safety and security. The ADAS detect the presence of vehicles, and the display interface devices communicates information collected to drivers.

2. In addition to the HUD, aerodynamic digital cameras replace the wing mirrors of the 675LT Coupé. The design of these electronic mirrors reduce weight and drag resistance, while also aiding downforce at high speed.

3. The third component of the CAROPTRONICS system in the McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept is DRVM which replaces a conventional rear view mirror. The combination of three cameras, one on each side and one at the rear of the vehicle, offers a wider rear field of view. The DRVM is effective at reducing blind spots thanks to high resolution imagery and optimisation of the driver’s control.

The McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept will be on display at the JVCKENWOOD stand (1702), 6-9 January at CES in Las Vegas. A press conference with an overview of the car and its capabilities will be held on 7 January at 18.00 PST at the JVCKENWOOD stand in North Hall.

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