Can’t Afford a McLaren Senna? Here’s a cool Lego you can buy
McLaren Teases a Lego Champions Senna in London Toy Store: Video
Lego’s Speed Champions collection comprises some of the world’s most exotic machinery such as the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919, the Bugatti Chiron or the Ferrari LaFerrari. Now, a new hypercar is poised to join the lineup of the construction toy manufacturer’s collection. It’s McLaren’s ludicrous Senna, and it won’t be released until after Christmas, but McLaren already released the first teaser video.
You know how most manufacturers let some darkened images slip through the cracks showcasing whatever new model they plan on launching at an upcoming moment in time. McLaren has taken the idea to the world of Lego toys and dully made a fun video showing the soon-to-be-released McLaren Senna in Lego guise. It’s proving the point that, if you want, you can build hype for just about anything.
McLaren Teams With Belstaff for New Fashion Line
McLaren Automotive is no stranger to collaborations with companies from the fashion world, counting Michael Kors, Kimoa, and Le Coq Sportif as fashion brands that it has partnered with in various capacities in the past. Today, the British automaker is adding another brand to that list with the launch of the Belstaff x McLaren Collection in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. The new fashion collection is the result of the automaker’s new partnership with Belstaff, one of the U.K.’s oldest and famous fashion brands. The collection is small in terms of volume — it includes only 10 male outerwear items and three female pieces — but each item in the collection stands out for its quality and all-around sophistication. The Belstaff x McLaren Collection is available to buy from selected McLaren Automotive retailers worldwide, Belstaff’s global stores and official online sites, as well as selected retail partners.
There’s Now an Official Scale Model of the McLaren 600LT to Complement your Car Collection
Are the mouth-watering images of the McLaren 600LT making you want to rob a bank and buy one? Well, there’s now a less felonious way to own McLaren’s latest "LongTail" car. You can get yourself an accurate scaled-down representation of the real thing, either at 1/18 scale or 1/43 scale.
The model cars, developed in secret using blueprints of the real beast, are made out of resin by TSM (TrueScale Miniatures). The company’s relationship with McLaren dates back a few years, having made model cars of all the previous creations from Woking, including the F1 and the P1.
While the running and driving 600LT costs $243,000, the 1/43 scale model is yours for just $85 while the 1/18 scale model, bigger and even more detailed, is priced at $263.
A McLaren Speedtail Buildslot is Up For Sale
As expected, a build slot for the McLaren Speedtail has resurfaced online. The company selling the slot, Knight International, is a Dubai-based dealer of rare and exotic cars with models like the McLaren Senna GTR, Ferrari FXX-K with Evo upgrades, and a Mercedes-AMG Project One also in its inventory. The Speedtail build slot’s price wasn’t indicated as the transaction carries a “lawyer to lawyer with NDA” stipulation. Essentially, that’s lawyer-speak for "a lot of money."
McLaren Launches Detailed Collectible Cars
McLarens are known to be some of the most collectible exotic cars on the market and those wealthy enough to buy them are not shy about letting everyone know of that. But for the rest of us who can only dream of owning a 675LT or a P1, the British automaker is giving us that opportunity! Okay, before anybody gets excited, McLaren isn’t dropping the prices on its model lineup; that’s not happening. What it did instead was release a lineup of scale models of varying sizes depicting some of today’s hottest McLarens and some of the most iconic models in the automaker’s history. Apparently, these scale models are such a big deal that McLaren itself dedicated an entire press release for it.
One of these models is a 1:43 scale McLaren 675LT that’s dressed in Chicane Grey and is made by German die-cast builder Minichamps. It weighs just 0.12 kg and retails for a price of £55, or about $68 based on current exchange rates. I’m not great at math, but it’s safe to say that the scale model is significantly cheaper than the actual thing. If the 675LT isn’t to your liking, McLaren is also offering other 1:43 scale beauties, including a 1993 McLaren F1 XP-5 dressed in Dark Green with matching gold bits; a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in McLaren Orange, and the oh-so desirable P1 GTR.
Then there’s the 1:18 scale McLaren 570S Coupe edition. This one was made by Italian crafter Technomodel and it’s arguably the most detailed of them all. In addition to being bigger than the other scale models, it also comes with a carbon fiber effect cushion with its own 570S badge. It also has an exclusive Vermillion Red body color and best of all, its interior is also incredibly detailed with two-tone red leather and dark grey Alcantara seats. Only 50 examples of this 1:18 scale 570S were made, so rest assured it’s likely going to cost a lot more than $68.
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McLaren made headlines everywhere when it announced that part of its future business plan, “TRACK 22,” included the development of a pure electric vehicle for the Ultimate Series. The said vehicle would be positioned above the 675LT and below the crazy P1. That announcement came from McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt back in July of this year, and just a couple of months later, we’re sitting here looking at an all-electric McLaren P1. It doesn’t have the 300-mile range or a top speed of 200 mph as expected but, given the price and its compact nature, that’s no big deal at all.
See, this isn’t a car that you purchase, lock away in the garage, and take to the track on occasion. The most compact car ever built by McLaren is actually made for those without a driver’s license. More specifically, those around six years of age. Be that as it may, this thing is every bit a McLaren as it’s road- and track-going brethren. First off, it has a central driving position that can be traced back to the McLaren F1 and it has those awesome Dihedral doors.
But, that’s not all. This little supercar is the first ever open-top McLaren P1. As an official McLaren, it should come as no surprise that its performance is top notch. To put it simply, it can go from zero to maximum speed in just two seconds. Power is sent from the electric motors to the rear wheels via a three-speed forward transmission with reverse. Furthermore, there is an MP3 player and audio system as standard equipment that is pre-programmed with popular nursery rhymes. There’s a start/stop button that activates the lights and “air conditioning” unit, which is probably just a small fan, but cool nonetheless.
McLaren is calling this little EV The Ride On McLaren P1TM. It’s available in just one color, Volcano Yellow, and has a top speed of about three mph. It goes on sale at the end of October 2016 at selected McLaren retailers and will later be available from global toy retailers. Pricing is set at £375 or about $486 at current exchange rates.
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It’s that time of the year again and no matter how many presents I’ll find under the Christmas tree I known I’ll be a bit disappointed. That’s because Santa can’t bring me the supercar I’m in love with: the McLaren P1 GTR. With the track-only hybrid sold only to P1 owners and the road-going P1 already discontinued, there’s no hope, no matter how hard Mr.Claus and his army of elves will try. I’m sure many of you are in the same situation as me.
But if you’re willing to make a compromise and settle for a P1 you can’t actually climb in, McLaren and several miniature manufacturers have you covered with a range of static and radio-controlled models in many shapes and sizes.
The smallest P1 you can buy for yourself or as a gift for someone else comes in 1:64th scale from Mattel-HotWheels. The miniature is quite small at 75 mm (three inches) long, but it’s available in two of the car’s official colors — Volcano Orange and Supernova Silver. If you want to build your own P1, Lego also created one as part of its Speed Champions series. It’s not as accurate as a diecast model, but at least you can put it together piece by piece.
Slightly larger models, this time around in 1:43 scale (about 106 mm / 4 inches), are available from True Scale Models (TSM), Minichamps, and Tecnomodel. Although TSM’s don’t come cheap at around €80 a pop, they’re quite accurate for the scale. Not to mention they come in many colors and versions, including the camouflaged prototype and the version that set the P1’s impressive Nurburgring lap time.
Fans of radio-controlled models can have a look at Maisto’s new 1:14 replica. It has illuminating headlamps and taillights and a decent amount of details for a plastic toy.
Finally, there’s the 1:8 scale replica (573 mm / 22.5 inches) built by Amalgam, the Rolls-Royce of the modelcar industry. Their creations are as precise as the rear thing and detailing includes the hand-beaten asymmetric bodywork and creases in the fabric of the seats. Unfortunately, Amalgam’s products are also very expensive, retailing for £4,200 (about $6,255) according to its website. I guess this is the kind of scale model P1 owners could easily afford...
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McLaren Automotive is quite the busy bee at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the Brits will introduce two very fast, limited-edition cars — the track-exclusive McLaren P1 GTR and the MSO 650S. But vehicles aren’t the only things on the company’s mind, as the McLaren Boutique will feature a new line of merchandising consisting of clothes, accessories and many collectibles, most of which are inspired by the design of the 650S sports car and P1 supercar.
Among these products, McLaren enthusiasts will find a pair of McLaren P1 scale models. These come in 1:43 scale, measuring about 4.2 inches, and replicate two very important P1s. The first one is the Ametyst Black version that marked the supercar’s debut at Goodwood in 2013, while the second one is the Supernova Silver example that completed a sub-seven-minute lap on the Nurburgring track. Can’t afford a real P1 or you do but can’t buy one because the supercar is already sold out? Than these replicas are your best shot at owning a P1-shaped collectible.
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Although you probably won’t get these products in time for the holidays - or maybe you can with expedited shipping - McLaren’s recently launched eStore has come out with a range of new products that make for some pretty sweet Christmas gifts.
There are a multitude of accessories, including carbon fiber luggages, a leather wallet and card holder that have been finished in carbon fibre weave-effect leather with McLaren orange stitching, and yes, even key chains, gloves, clothing, caps, and jackets.
But the unquestioned highlight of the new line is the Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, a collaborative effort between long-standing partners McLaren and Tag Heuer. The special edition timepiece will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and takes direct inspiration from the high performance 12C sports car after which it is named.
The new Chronograph reflects the new sports car in colour, materials and design. The watch’s dials are made in carbon fiber and were inspired by the MP4-12C’s carbon fiber chassis, while the sapphire crystal inserts reveal the movement behind the watch face.
Of course this exclusive watch comes with a huge price: £8950 - or about $14,500 at the current exchange rates.
Come on, what’s the fun in having a beautiful and expensive supercar if you can’t have an equally beautiful and expensive watch to go along with it? We don’t necessarily understand the thought process that goes behind this, but we do know that, lately, building a supercar means getting together with a watchmaker to get a timepiece to match. The McLaren MP4-12C is no exception to this.
British auto manufacturer, McLaren, and Swiss luxury watchmaker, TAG Heuer, have announced the launch of the special edition MP4-12C Chronograph at the TAG Heuer Mastering Speed Exhibition at Halle Secheron in Geneva. This special chronograph will be limited to only 1,000 units and will be available in late 2011. Hey, that means the McLaren’s sale date in the Spring will probably stand true.
The MP4-12C Chronograph’s characteristics will match the unique color, materials, and design of the new 12C. The carbon dial is inspired by the 12C’s carbon fiber MonoCell and there are sapphire inserts on the dial revealing the "engine" behind the watch face. The watch is even able to match the time intervals between two locations. Oooh, fancy.
Other features for the chronograph include a Titanium case that minimizes weight, an Alcantara leather strap inspired by the 12C’s interior materials, orange super luminescent markers on the hands, and orange stitching on the bracelet.
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