I never knew the McLaren 720S could look more unique than it already is

The McLaren 720S is in attendance at the Art Basel show in Miami, Florida. Whereas the presence of a supercar of the stature of the 720S would usually draw a crowd in it of itself, this particular 720S stands out for one specific reason: it’s wearing the artwork of renowned New York-based graffiti artist Alec Monopoly.

The 33-year old artist took the task of turning the 720S into a full-blown art car — art cars are an Art Basel Miami tradition — that speaks to his famous style of street art. The McLaren 720S isn’t just wearing Monopoly’s street art; it’s also been fitted with aftermarket components courtesy of 1016 Industries, including what might as well be the fanciest set of wheels we’ve seen in a long time.

The McLaren 720S shows up in Art Car form

This year, a McLaren 720S takes center stage at Art Basel Miami 2019.

It’s a McLaren 720S in stature and performance, but as far as aesthetics go, it qualifies as an Art Car, too. The artist behind the unique look of this 720S is renowned street graffiti artist Alec Monopoly. The 33-year old, New York-based street artist took on the challenge of designing a white 720S based in his trademark graffiti-style artworks.

To that extent, Monopoly did not disappoint. The McLaren 720S doesn’t get the full-body design treatment that past Art Cars received, but there are still enough details to make it stand out, most notably the presence of both the Monopoly Man and Richie Rich, the two characters that essentially launched Monopoly’s star as a sensation back in the late 2000s.

The driver’s side of the 720S features the Monopoly Man holding money bags as bills are scattered throughout the body of the 720S.

Over on the other side is an image of Richie Rich, who seems oblivious to the fact that the Monopoly Man is holding his money bags. At least that’s how I interpreted it. The rest of the 720S’ body features graffiti-style signs of the artist’s name and international currency signs. Monopoly’s trademark paint spray drippings can also be found throughout the body of the 720S.

There’s more to this McLaren 720S than Alec Monopoly’s graffiti art

Alec Monopoly’s work on the McLaren 720S will get all the headlines, as it should. But the reality is that Monopoly isn’t the only one who worked on this specific 720S. Less conspicuous in its efforts, but no less important, is the contribution of 1016 Industries.

The aftermarket tuning firm provided a slew of carbon fiber parts for the 720S, and if you look close enough, you’ll see some of them hiding in plain sight.

The British supercar’s carbon fiber hood, for example, comes from the tuner. That’s just one part, too. Check out the full list of 1016 Industries’ carbon fiber parts for the McLaren 720S below:

  • Hood
  • Front splitter
  • Side skirts
  • Fenders
  • Wing mirror caps
  • Rear wing
  • Rear diffuser

Needless to say, this McLaren 720S Art Car is dressed to impress at Art Basel Miami 2019. And what better way to deliver that point home than by giving the 720S a set of stunning chrome purple wheels.

It’s one thing to cover it up in wraps, graphics, or decals, but to spray paint on its body surely won’t sit well with some people. Then again, that’s always been the value of art in this world. Some people don’t appreciate it while others do.

It looks fine and dandy, but this 720S can still leave you in the dust

The McLaren 720S is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. The V-8’s output is rated at 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-cutch transmission comes standard and that’s responsible for transferring the power from the engine to the two rear wheels.

All told, the McLaren 720 is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. It can also accelerate from 0 to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 212 mph.

The McLaren 720S is built to perform, and even if it’s dressed up in the graffiti work of Alec Monopoly and wears a few carbon fiber bits from 1016 Industries, this McLaren 720S Art Car remains a handful on the road.

McLaren 720S drivetrain specifications
Engine 4-liter twin-turbo V8
Power 710 horsepower
Torque 568 pound-feet
Transmission 7-speed, dual-clutch
Sprint time (0-100 km/h, 0-62 mph) 2.8 seconds
Top speed 212 mph
Weight 2,828 pounds

Art Basel’s history with cars

For those who aren’t clued in on what Art Basel is, it is a privately owned and managed international art fair staged annually over three locations: Basel, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Miami, Florida.

Art Basel is primarily focused on selling the works of emerging and established artists.

Every so often, car models, mainly performance vehicles, are showcased at the event as art cars. Over the past years, we’ve seen plenty of these so-called Art Cars. Models like the Porsche 911 Speedster, BMW M6, the first-generation Tesla Roadster, and even the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport have all been showcased and displayed at Art Basel wearing what can be best described as unique artworks.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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