2020 McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO
The McLaren 765LT is getting all the deserved shine today, but that doesn’t mean we should sleep on the other model that the British automaker unveiled as part of its Geneva Motor Show offering.
The McLaren GT Verdant Theme by MSO isn’t an entirely new model as it is based on McLaren’s showstopping GT supercar. Where it stands out is the level of customization it received from MSO, McLaren’s in-house personalization department.
Certainly, MSO’s work on the GT speaks for itself. The supercar wears an exclusive paint finish unlike anything MSO has offered in the past. The exclusive touches continue in the interior, and the results are as mind-blowing as you’d imagine them to be.
2019 McLaren 720S Spider by MSO
The McLaren 720S Spider is the roofless version of one of the most revered models in McLaren’s Super Series. McLaren’s Special Operations division (MSO) brought a one-off 720S Spider to the Geneva Motor Show to show off the kind of modifications possible with a run-of-the-mill 720S Spider. The result is a tri-color beast with tons of exposed carbon fiber.
Are we getting to the point when personalization has gone too far? Henry Ford used to say that you could have any color on your Ford Model T as long as the color was black. Now, every luxury manufacturer brags about its "nearly infinite" choices, and depending on how deep are your pockets, each is willing to open before you a whole world of options. The MSO division offers multiple worlds, one for each of McLaren’s models, and the 720S Spider has just joined this exclusive group at the Geneva Motor Show.
2019 McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO
This is the stunning McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO. It is an even better sorted out 600LT, which is a hard thing to achieve considering that McLaren hit a home run with it. Nevertheless, McLaren is really big on personalization. It does have a special division dedicated to it, and it is called McLaren Special Operations. The magicians that work there are responsible for some of the best McLaren cars of the past few years. Just look at these beauties:2019 McLaren 600LT by MSO 2018 McLaren 675LT MSO Gulf Racing Edition McLaren 720S Velocity MSO Special Edition
Obviously, people buying McLarens have enough dough to throw at their cars, and it is estimated that almost every McLaren sold has some MSO blood in it. Yet, the new one goes a bit further compared to any 600LT Spider we’ve ever seen. And, I’m not talking in terms of performance, either. After all, I told you eight amazing things about the 600LT some time ago. There, you could learn all astounding performance facts about it.
2019 McLaren 600LT in Stealth Grey by MSO
McLaren’s most aggressive Sports Series model yet, the 600LT, joined the company’s exclusive line of MSO cars with the Stealth Grey edition. Equipped with features from both the MSO Defined and MSO Bespoke catalogs, it made its debut on the Concept Lawn of the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This is the first 600LT with MSO treatment, but definitely not the last of its kind to hit the streets with bespoke features inside and out. It’s safe to say that most 600LTs — production is "strictly limited," but an actual figure is not available yet — will be ordered with MSO upgrades. Let’s see what the Stealth Grey model is all about.
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2019 McLaren 600LT
Launched in 2015 as the company’s most affordable offering, the McLaren Sports Series grew to include several models beyond the initial 570S and 540C. On top of the Spider version, McLaren also launched the less track-focused 570GT and a couple of race-spec models, the 570S GT4 and Sprint. In 2018 the Brits added yet another version, this time around inspired by the already iconic 675LT. Meet the 600LT, the track-prepped car that brings Longtail heritage to the Sports Series lineup.
Introduced at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, the 600LT follows in the footsteps of the already iconic F1 Longtail and 675LT. It’s lighter, more aggressive; it benefits from new aerodynamics, as well as a more powerful engine. It’s the most powerful and most track-focused Sports Series model yet and it’s here to take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS!
Updated 07/11/2018: McLaren dropped new technical details and more images for the new 600LT.
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2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept
It’s been only three months since McLaren unveiled the Senna as a successor to the P1, and the British firm has already confirmed that it will build a GTR version of the supercar. The announcement was made at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where McLaren also unveiled a concept version of the upcoming track car. Called the Senna GTR, it follows in the footsteps of the P1 GTR as a track-only vehicle built in very limited numbers.
The GTR was unveiled only a couple of months after McLaren chief Mike Flewitt said that the firm wants to race the Senna at Le Mans. This version of the GTR won’t be able to do that due to existing FIA regulations and the fact that it’s being designed as a customer car, but McLaren will use the lessons it learns from this model to develop a proper Le Mans entry. But, before that happens in 2020, the production version of this concept car will arrive in 2019. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
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2018 McLaren Senna ’Carbon Theme’
Unveiled in late 2017, the Senna is the most radical supercar McLaren has built to date. Although it’s a bit less powerful than the P1, mostly because it doesn’t have an electric motor, the Senna surpasses everything the British firm has launched so far thanks to its extreme aerodynamics. And, it’s not just a benchmark for McLaren; it’s a big step forward for the entire supercar industry. The vehicle was named accordingly too, wearing the name of Formula One’s greatest driver, Ayrton Senna. With the Senna barely in production as of March 2018, McLaren has launched a limited-edition model called Carbon Theme.
Developed by McLaren Special Operations as part of five individual themes, the Carbon Theme is pretty much a bare carbon-fiber Senna. While this isn’t exactly new — the Senna itself is made of carbon-fiber almost entirely — this vehicle shows off its lightweight, composite construction with a transparent finish. The Carbon Theme also introduces the company’s new Hybrid Carbon Fiber wheels, which are made from forged aluminum and carbon-fiber, a design that makes them 10 percent lighter than the standard Senna wheels. Let’s find out more about it below.
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2018 McLaren 720S Zenith Black By MSO
Introduced earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show, the McLaren 720S is the second addition to the Woking brand’s Super Series line, offering high-end exotic performance and styling in a more accessible package. Indeed, a daily driver supercar makes for a great fit in a place like Dubai, and as such, McLaren just dropped the above-featured one-off as the piece de resistance for this year’s Dubai International Motor Show. Built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the brand’s in-house tuners and creative customization team, it’s dubbed the Zenith Black, and its got a careful selection of styling upgrades both inside and out that are sure to get noticed, even when the local police force consists of hoverbikes and Bugatti Veyrons.
All told, this is an utterly unique creation, as indicated by the “1 of 1” placard inside the cabin. MSO spent an extra 120 hours on top of the usual production process to bring it to life, and overall, we think it looks great. The theme pays homage to the idea of “achievement” in a distinctive fashion – read on to learn exactly what that means.
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2018 McLaren 720S Velocity
McLaren’s double dose of debuts came as a surprise when the highly anticipated arrival of the 720S supercar was shortly followed by the introduction of the 720S Velocity, a bespoke creation by McLaren Special Operations meant to showcase the enormous personalization opportunities that are on the horizon for the British automaker’s next great wonder machine.
The arrival of the 720S marked the next step in the evolution of McLaren’s Super Series, a family of supercars that sprouted from the seeds of automotive engineering with the debut of the MP4-12C back in 2011. Since then, the Super Series family has grown to include the 650S, the 675LT, and the 650S GT3. The 720S serves as the replacement for the 650S after the latter’s three-year run in the market and just as appealing as that car was with MSO’s involvement with the 720S proving to be just as enthralling under the carefully thought of eye of the personalization division.
The 720S Velocity is unlikely to be the only 720S model that MSO will be working on in its life span. More versions will come, either through future owners of the new supercar or through McLaren itself. But the 720S Velocity accomplishes something that shouldn’t go understated. It’s setting the bar incredibly high for future 720S models that will pass through MSO. It’s combination of exclusive exterior colors and finely tailored interiors all make for a car that brings out a unique personality to the 720S, which of course is what MSO is all about in the first place.
It won’t come cheap by any means, but that comes with the territory of having MSO work on a car that by itself will cost just under $300,000 when it becomes available in the U.S. Yes, the price of personalization doesn’t come cheap. But if the car ends up looking like the 720S Velocity, money becomes a small price to pay for the rewards that come after.
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2018 McLaren 720S
After three years on the market, the first-generation McLaren Super Series was replaced by a redesigned model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed 720S, the core member of the second-generation Super Series has been thoroughly redesigned inside and out and gained a revised, larger V-8 engine.
Introduced in 2014 as a replacement for the 12C, the company’s first mass-produced sports car, the McLaren Super Series has had a successful three of years on the market as of 2017. It spawned several road-going and race-spec versions, including the 650S, 675LT, and 650S GT3, forming the brand’s most comprehensive family of vehicles yet. But, despite its success and tremendous performance, McLaren decided to give the Super Series a makeover and launch the brand-new 720S in 2017.
Codenamed P14, the successor to the 650S is the first new model in McLaren’s new business plan, which includes a £1-billion investment for 15 new products by 2022. Built around a new carbon-fiber tub called the Monocage II, the second-gen Super Series ditched the company’s ubiquitous 3.8-liter V-8 for a new, 4.0-liter unit. Design-wise, The 720S is a significant departure from the 650S and incorporates radical active aerodynamics, as well as loads of new technology in the cockpit. As you’d expect from a new-generation supercar, the 720S is lighter, faster, and even more dynamically capable than its predecessor. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
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2017 McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept
Launched in 2015, the Sports Series is McLaren’s newest family of performance cars. Slotted below the Super Series, which includes nameplates like the 650S, 675LT, and 688HS, the Sports Series currently consists of three road-going models and a race car as of August 2016, all powered by the award-winning 3.8-liter V-8 engine. The lineup’s most recent version is the 570GT, a less track-focused variant of the 570S with a more luxurious cabin, enhanced luggage room, softer suspension setting, and improved sound insulation.
Much like any other modern McLaren, the 570GT is also set to spawn one-off and limited-edition models modified by McLaren’s customizing division, MSO, The British company previewed the 570GT by MSO at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, giving customers a closer peak at the special features the brand is readying for the nameplate.
"This is the second consecutive year that McLaren Special Operations has used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to demonstrate our capabilities on Sports Series cars," said Paul Mackenzie, executive director of MSO. "This year, closely following the reveal of the GT addition to the Sports Series family, we showcase the breadth of McLaren Special Operations personalization work, this time focusing on bespoke engineering design and components. With its Electro Chromic Roof especially, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept would be well suited to the needs and demands of customers in sunnier and warmer climates."
There’s no specific word as to when the production car will arrive, but we expect it to hit the streets by the end of the year.
Updated 09/02/2016: McLaren will come at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille with a specially designed 570GT by MSO Concept, painted in a very cool Pacific Blue.
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2017 McLaren 570S Sprint
Unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the McLaren 570S is part of the company’s Sports Series, a new family of sports cars designed to help triple the brand’s sales volume by 2020. Powered by a detuned version of the 650S’ 3.8-liter V-8, the 570S is aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and, together with the 540C, is one of McLaren’s most affordable sports cars, retailing from under $200,000. Unlike the P1 and 650S, the 570S was developed to deliver day-to-day usability and driveability, as well as increased luggage space and greater interior storage. However, it retains most of the feats common in McLaren sports cars, including a carbon-fiber frame, a lightweight design, and a premium interior.
Like all McLaren road cars, the 570S was also designed to become a track car. The first such vehicle to arrive from the Sports Series was the 570S GT4, which already made its debut in the 2016 British GT championship as a development car before being sold to customers for the 2017 season. Alongisde the GT4, McLaren also created the 570S Sprint, a milder version of the race car that’s also dedicated to customers who spend their weekends at the track. Developed in conjunction with McLaren GT, the brand’s motorsports division, and GT racing specialists CRS GT Limited, the 570S Sprint will break cover at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and go on sale in 2017.
The 570S Sprint echoes previous models with the Sprint badge, which means that the new sports car is unrestricted by racing regulations, but still dedicated for track days. More importantly, it is upgradable to a full GT4 specification for those looking to take on FIA events around the world.
Updated 07/05/2016: McLaren dropped a new video from the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the 570S Sprint made its global dynamic debut. Hit "play" to watch the video.
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2017 McLaren P1 LM
Introduced in early 2013, the P1 was McLaren’s second production supercar and the spiritual successor to the iconic F1 of the 1990s. Arguably the quickest and most powerful road-going McLaren to date, the P1 was also the company’s first vehicle to use a hybrid drivetrain. Like its predecessor, it was built around a carbon-fiber monocoque and roof structure and employs various technologies that the British brand had developed for Formula One. Discontinued in 2016 after 375 units were built, the P1 spawned a race-only version named the P1 GTR. Developed at the request of P1 owners who wanted a more extreme version of the supercar, the GTR received a more powerful hybrid drivetrain and production was limited to only 35 examples, all of which were made available exclusively to P1 owners.
A little more than a year has passed since the P1 GTR made its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and its owners are already enjoying its racing abilities on race tracks around the world. However, one certain rumor has been disturbing P1 owners and supercar enthusiasts alike since 2015: McLaren was secretly working on a street-legal GTR. Come 2016 and it’s no longer just hearsay. McLaren has revealed a road-going P1 GTR that will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It goes by the name P1 LM — as a tribute to the iconic F1 LM and was conceived by Lanzante Limited, a British company that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR through its Motorsport division and later became a service center for road and race-spec McLarens.
Following the prototype’s introduction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McLaren will build five production cars, a figure that matches the production run of the original F1 LM, also a road-legal version of a race car.
Updated 06/23/2016: McLaren dropped the official details on the P1 LM with just a few hours before its official debut at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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2017 McLaren 570GT
Like the Super Series, which has included the 650S, 650S Spider, 675LT and a few other peripheral variants, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series is set to expand well beyond the 2016 McLaren 570S and Euro-only 2016 McLaren 540C Coupes. Folding-hardtop Spider versions of both models are pretty much a given, but a more intriguing GT variant with enhanced luggage space was rumored ever since the Sports Series was announced. With the 2016 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, McLaren decided to put an end to all speculation and unveiled the 570GT.
McLaren pitches its Sports Series vehicles as ultra-fast, daily driver sports cars in vein of the Porsche 911 Turbo — something you’d keep in your garage next to a BMW or Mercedes-Benz and drive to work on Fridays or on weekend back-road blasts. The 570S GT retains those values, but it is better suited for long, continent-crushing drives, thanks to a revised cabin, elongated panoramic roof, and more luggage space behind the seats. The biggest surprise about this car is that it retains the two-seat configuration of the 570S. Initial rumors claimed that the GT will feature a 2+2 seating configuration, but it turns out that McLaren isn’t planning on selling a four-seat sports car yet.
Like the 570S and 540C Coupes, the GT is developed around McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon-fiber tub and uses the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. McLaren confirmed that the 570GT will be sold in the U.S. as well, with deliveries to commence in late 2016. Keep reading for more info.
Updated 05/25/2016: McLaren dropped a series of new images taken during the 570GT’s media launch event on the island of Tenerife. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.
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2016 McLaren 650S Vayu GTR Coupe by FAB Design
Aftermarket tuners often have to walk a fine line when it comes to building programs for supercars. Questions like ‘how much improvement does it really need?’ often prop up in these discussions. These are the kind of things tuners have to deal with it and for FAB Design, the answer often lies somewhere between “not enough” and “let’s talk about it some other time.” In any event, the German tuner’s program for the McLaren 650S is the kind of kit a supercar can have without really turning the vehicle into a completely different model. There are significant changes, but for the most part, it’s still the 650S, albeit packaged far differently than McLaren packaged it from the factory.
For FAB Design, the kit is a unique follow-up to a similar program it presented one year ago. That kit, dubbed the Vayu RPR, was for the 650S Spyder. This one is called the Vayu GTR Coupe and as the name suggests, it’s primarily for the coupe version of the 650S. Names notwithstanding, both kits provide impressive upgrades on the model’s aerodynamic and performance capabilities. There’s also a slight change in looks that benefits the 650S, but that’s also largely tied into the aero kit that FAB Design built.
The overall results are what you’d expect from the German tuner. There’s an improvement in different aspects of the car that combine to create a tuning package that’s worth its weight in attention. Who knows, next year’s auto show might feature a third version of this kit. That’s still a long ways from now, so in the meantime, let’s feast our eyes on the Vayu GTR Coupe to see if it’s as good as its predecessor.
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2016 McLaren 675LT Spider By MSO
Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 675LT was developed as a modified version of the 650S that paid homage to the iconic F1 "Longtail." Slightly longer but lighter than the standard model, the 675LT is also more powerful and benefits from more downforce. All told, it’s a track-focused evolution of the 650S, much like the original "Longtail" was to the F1. With all 500 units accounted for in a matter of weeks, McLaren went ahead and chopped the roof off the 675LT in order to give enthusiasts a more exclusive option to the already exciting 650S Spider.
Introduced in late 2015 and scheduled to go under the spotlight at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the 675LT Spider was also set to be built in only 500 examples. Not surprisingly, all units were sold out in just two weeks after it was officially out on sale, meaning that McLaren’s booth in Geneva will actually showcase a model you can no longer purchase. Not exactly a deal breaker given that most of us can’t afford a $370,000+ supercar. Thankfully, the Brits will bring more than just a regular 675LT Spider at the show. In order to celebrate the drop-top’s incredible success, McLaren commissioned MSO to develop a unique version of the supercar, sporting a special paint job and extra carbon-fiber inside and out.
Don’t start looking for your checkbook though, as this bespoke 675LT Spider will most likely be shipped to a new home as soon as the Geneva Motor Show is over.
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2016 McLaren P1 By MSO
The Geneva Motor Show is still a couple weeks away, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the show. This year, McLaren is setting up its largest stand ever and will showcase vehicles like a bespoke version of the 675LT Spider, the recently confirmed 650S GT3 race car, and another, unknown addition to the Sports Series family. However, one of the more interesting vehicles on display will be the McLaren P1 by McLaren Special Operations.
A couple years back, we covered a story about a customer who thought McLaren offered a full carbon fiber body for the P1 at no additional cost. Of course, this was an absurd assumption by someone who was ill-informed, considering such an option would be so costly that the word “free” has no place in the conversation. That may be the case, but it got the idea out there.
Earlier this year, McLaren announced that the P1 would be offered with a carbon fiber body conversion, and the first of the 375 road-legal versions of the P1 equipped with this carbon fiber body will be shown to the public for the first time in Geneva. The conversion is obviously done by MSO, and you can’t deny how beautiful it looks from the pictures. Until we get to see the car up close, in its carbon form, let’s take a better look at this special McLaren P1.
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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.
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If you were at the 2015 Dubai International Auto Show, you would see three customized McLaren models sitting at the company’s booth – a Mclaren 570S, McLaren P1, and an exclusive McLaren 650S Spider named the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79. This custom 650S was developed by McLaren Special Operations (MSO,) and built exclusively for the Middle East market as a tribute to McLaren’s most loyal market.
Ian Gorsuch, McLaren Automotive’s Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa, said, “McLaren Automotive is a true pioneer in its approach to the design and development of high performance sports and supercars, and the 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 by MSO is evidence of that. This truly unique project – our first in the Middle East – is inspired by a region that is home to some of our most loyal customers.”
The 650S Spider Al Sahara 79 is said to be inspired by the rich history and culture of the Middle East. Even the name has a meaning related back to the Middle East. “Al Sahara” means Desert when translated from Arabic. “79” is the atomic number of gold – the precious metal that has long been associated with opulence and luxury in the Middle East.
So, now that we know a little about the McLaren 650S Al Sahara 79, or “Desert Gold,” let’s dive into the details and see just what MSO did to this 650S to make it that much more special.
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McLaren Special Operations, McLaren’s bespoke division, was first launched at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2011. Since that time, MSO has been responsible for a handful of unique creations, including the 12C Concept Car that we first saw in December 2013 and the 650S Coupe Concept that was unveiled in April 2014. For the 2014 Pebble Beach show, McLaren is returning to the scene of the MSO’s debut with two new customized projects, this time for the almighty P1 and the 650S Spider.
The former, in particular, was commissioned by a North American customer and it further reinforces MSO’s billing as McLaren’s full personalization service for its owners. MSO’s work on the P1 is completely stunning. Actually, "stunning" might not even be a clear representation of the work MSO put into turning this P1 into a true one-of-a-kind showpiece model.
There are rare moments in life when you just sit back and admire someone else’s work, and The MSO P1 is one of those moments. I’d love to wax poetic about it, but even the sincerest form of hyperbole probably won’t do justice to the work McLaren’s MSO division put into this P1.
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With the McLaren 650S MSO having already been showcased at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, it was only a matter of time before McLaren Special Operations rolled out a bespoke program for 650S Spider. The recipe is pretty much the same: unique but subtle styling upgrades, special paints designed by MSO, brand-new wheels, and a custom interior. If you thought the 650S was an exclusive machine, McLaren Special Operations is here to prove you were wrong.
Just like the P1, the 650S can be tailored to meet different tastes and showcase the uniqueness many McLaren customers enjoy. The 650S Spider joins these exclusive MSO ranks in a limited edition release of just 50 examples. Make no mistake though, what you see here is only one of the 50 vehicles set to reach their future owners. Each of them will be unique in their own right. It’s a privilege reserved only to MSO-crafted McLarens, and the 650S Spider fully deserves such treatment.
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