A true homage to the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

The McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition is a one-off creation that was designed to pay homage to the F1 GTR cars of the 1990s; with a recreation of the Gulf Racing colors that were worn by the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail race car. There aren’t any serious performance upgrades, but MSO gave this 675LT the full interior and exterior treatment.

What Makes the McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition Special?

2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition Exterior
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MSO looked back at the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail and made a stunning recreation of the Gulf Racing colors that adorned the legendary car.

MSO was apparently challenged by a customer to “make a road-going homage to the McLaren F1 GTRs of the 1990s. In doing so, MSO looked back at the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail and made a stunning recreation of the Gulf Racing colors that adorned the legendary car. As you can see it features the black base at bottom to go with the blue hue up top and bright red accents that are airbrushed along the side and creates the typical central racing stripe. In the rear, the same red hue runs along the edge of the rear spoiler.

And, don’t forget about those Dayglo Orange, 20-inch wheels. That same color is also used to accent the door sill badges and display the customer’s initials. To round off the exterior, MSO applied louvered front wings, an upgraded roof scoop, and a carbon fiber airbrake, all of which are painted to match the special paint scheme on the body. It’s very attractive, and according to McLaren, the paintwork on the outside amounted to 80-percent of the time spent to complete this project or about 800 hours.

2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition Interior
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starts with a pair of MSO Bespoke racing seats which are, naturally, wrapped in Alcantara

As far as the interior goes, the homage continues. It starts with a pair of MSO Bespoke racing seats which are, naturally, wrapped in Alcantara. They do, however, feature orange and blue contrast stitching. What’s more impressive is the owners embroidered initials on the headrest that are done up in a matching blue. Orange seatbelts are thrown into the mix for good measure, and the bezels on the Active Dynamics Panel take on the Gulf Blue finish as well. Gulf Orange can be found on the vent surrounds and around the stop/start button. It’s certainly attractive, and it’s one of the best “homage” projects we’ve seen in a while.

There is a bit of irony here, though, as the 675LT was actually named after the same car this specific model pays homage to. See, the LT in the name actually stands for “longtail.” There, now do you see the connection between putting this specific livery on this car? It’s all related. Be that as it may, MSO left the entire driveline alone, so power delivery is capped at an evil 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It’s still nothing to bat an eye at, though, considering this beauty can make it to 62 mph in around 2.9 seconds and does top out at 205 mph. Plus, you don’t take a car like this on top speed runs anyway, this thing is to be shown off on occasion and enjoyed. Good work, MSO!

2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition Exterior
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McLaren 675LT Performance Specs

Engine Configuration V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc
Power 675 PS @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 700 Nm @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Transmission 7 Speed SSG
CO2 275g/km
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 2.9 seconds
0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) 7.9 seconds
Top speed 330 km/h (205 mph)
Power-to-weight 549PS per tonne

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Press release

Any McLaren 675LT is a very special car that already stands out from the crowd, although if a customer desires something even more dramatic – and even more exclusive – McLaren Special Operations (MSO) is on hand to ensure that bespoke requirements are met, no matter how complex.

Challenged to produce a road-going homage to the McLaren F1 GTRs that performed so strongly in endurance racing in the 1990s, winning the 1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and the GT1 Class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997, MSO has created a McLaren 675LT that combines a famous racing livery with personalised and bespoke features to the customer’s brief. The project, which was undertaken with agreement from Gulf Oil International Ltd that its famous racing livery colours could be used, occupied more than 1,000 hours of MSO time. The paintwork – including airbrushing – accounted for 800 hours of that total.

“Creating a car like this unique McLaren 675LT, crafted to individual customer specification, is exactly the type of demanding commission that MSO Bespoke was formed to embrace,” explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations. “Transforming the existing car from its original single colour paintwork to a tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ in Gulf Racing livery was incredibly demanding in its own right, but was only part of the brief; we also replaced numerous standard 675LT components with MSO parts and further personalised the car to clearly identify it with its owner, a service that an increasing number of MSO customers request.”

The light blue, black and red hues of the exterior paint – and of course the trademark orange centre stripe – are an unmistakeable recreation of the Gulf Racing colours that adorn the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ race car, one of the cars that inspired McLaren to produce the 675LT. The 20-spoke wheels, finished in Dayglo Orange, continue the theme. The same orange colour is used for sill badges that bear the customer’s initials. The car is fitted with louvered front wings, roof scoop upgrade and carbon fibre airbrake from the MSO range of options for the McLaren 675LT, all featuring body colour paint.

The interior of the car was designed and executed to complement both the exterior theme and the personalisation. MSO Bespoke racing seats finished in Carbon Black Alcantara® feature orange and blue contrast stitching, with the initials of the owner again featuring, this time embroidered in blue on the headrest. The seat belts are from the MSO Defined range and are orange in colour.

The handling and powertrain bezels on the Active Dynamics Panel are finished in Gulf Blue, while the vent bezel surrounds and surround to the stop/start button are in Gulf Orange.

Now with extraordinary visual impact courtesy of MSO, this 675LT has the appearance to truly match its dramatic performance; with a twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine producing up to 675PS (666bhp) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque, the 675LT can accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in just 2.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 330km/h (205mph).

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