McLaren Special Operations Launches ‘Racing Through the Ages’ six-car collection
McLaren, the car company founded by Bruce McLaren of New Zealand in the ’60s as a racing car manufacturer and motorsports outfit, continues to celebrate its storied past with six evocative McLaren 570S models - three coupes and three cabriolets. These cars, commisioned by Mclaren of Beverly Hills and built by McLaren Special Operations, showcase three key periods in McLaren’s racing history.
Each of the three periods is presented on a 570S Coupe and a570S Spider that share the same exterior color. There’s the ’Muriwai Theme’ that harkens back to Bruce McLaren’s early racing exploits, the ’Papaya Spark Theme’ which recalls the days of the orange racing McLarens in the ’60s and ’70s, and the ’Sarthe Gray Theme’ that’s a tribute to McLaren’s overall victory at Le Mans back in 1995.
The McLaren 720S Spider’s Secret Weapon is Its Roof
McLaren has had a busy year with the respective launches of the track-focused Senna and the three-seater Speedtail. But 2018 isn’t done yet, so McLaren’s busting out another debut, this time for the “more affordable” 720S Spider. Despite its place in the “Senna-Speedtail” pecking order, the McLaren 720S Spider is lethal and potent in its own right. It has the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine as its coupe counterpart and produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, the 720S Spider isn’t as heavy as you’d think, especially with the complex roof system it’s carrying. McLaren is already taking orders for the 720S Spider, which carries a price of $315,000. Those who order from the British automaker should expect their supercars to arrive sometime in March 2019.
McLaren’s Next Supercar Debuts Dec 8th but Can it Share the Limelight With the Speedtail?
McLaren just confirmed that it will launch a new supercar on December 8, less than two months since it introduced the amazing Speedtail. The Brits didn’t specifically say what new model they’re introducing, but the teaser photo and video posted on social media suggest its a version of an existing nameplate. To be more specific, we’re talking about the McLaren 720S Spider.
McLaren has barely let loose the ludicrous 600LT and, already, the Spider version is in the pipeline for 2019. This was discovered when the name popped up on a CARB document that certifies emissions for next year’s cars. It was already known that McLaren was preparing the car from the way they designated the configurator for the Coupe model.
McLaren is on a charge in the last few years. After the 675LT and the 675LT Spider, the company from Woking delivered on its promises of a car to sit barely below the 675LT as an improved 570S on steroids with the 600LT. Now, we’re closer than ever to seeing the roofless model, and it may come our way at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
By all accounts, the Spider will share the same astounding performance figures of the "LongTail" Coupe, albeit not as light. It will still be quite a sight to see, either early next month in the French capital or, later, at the L.A. Auto Show that kicks off on November 30.
McLaren Builds Bespoke 570S Spider for the Elton John AIDS Foundation
McLaren has created a custom-made special edition 570S Spider that went for £725,000 (almost $950,000) as part of the 25th anniversary of Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the one-off McLaren will go to John’s charity, which has helped millions of people across 26 different countries.
McLaren Pops The Champagne with 5,000 Sold Units in North America
Business is good for McLaren these days, at least as far as sales achievements are concerned. On the heels of posting its best-ever sales year in 2017 with 3,340 units, the British supercar brand has unlocked a new achievement: it just sold its 5,000th unit in North America. The 5,000th car is a Silica White McLaren 570S Spider that was purchased by Dr. Gary Leach of California this past week.
McLaren’s 570S Spider Design Edition Models Are Ready to Take Your Money
McLaren’s MSO personalization division is arguably the busiest customization unit in the auto industry these days. Proving that there’s no rest for the weary, the British automaker is now offering a series of special edition McLaren 570S Spiders under the Design Edition lineup. A total of five 570S Spider Design Editions are now available, each coming with a unique look that allows for proper differentiation among the five models. If you’re familiar with the past use of the Design Edition name on the 570S Coupe, this new release is all about giving love to its droptop sibling.
There’s a Special McLaren 570S Just for Valentines Day!
While most Valentine’s Day gifts usually consist of flowers, chocolates, or gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (I don’t have time, ok!), somebody in this great, big world of ours decided to go big with his present. Instead of getting one of those oversized teddy bears, this “incurable romantic” decided to commission McLaren’s MSO personalization division by building him a custom, one-off McLaren 570S Spider that’s dripping in the colors of the day: red, red, and more red.
McLaren Special Operations Creates Special Paint with Family History
McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division is capable of creating some of the most visually arresting iterations of McLaren models you’ll ever see. Models like the 720 Velocity, 650S Project Kilo, and 720S Zenith Black are all good examples of MSO’s personalization skills. That level of creativity also helps the division create unique colors that have backstories of their own. Recently, MSO decided to tap into the roots Bruce McLaren to create a color that had ties to the life of the company’s founder. And so, the Muriwai White shade was born.
2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider
If you have money and are into cars, what do you do? You go to McLaren and order up one of the coolest cars on the market, tailored to your exact specification, right? Of course, you do, but what happens when you have a little too much money? Well, you do what McLaren’s latest customer did – you walk into McLaren, head right over to McLaren Special Operations, and commission, not one, but two, McLaren 675LT models with 100-percent complete specification tailored to whatever your little heart desires. After all, who wants just a custom 675LT Coupe when you can have it topless sister the 675LT Spider? What we can admit, is whoever the anonymous customer was, they certainly have some really good taste. The cars take on a beautiful silver color, with each representing a different finish, while they also get some special MSO carbon fiber and some unique pinstriping in all the right places. This twins even feature the same wheels, while the interior of both get a fine combination of red and black.
But, that’s neither here nor there, and the real joy is in the details, so let’s take a closer look at these one-of-a-kind twins commissioned from nothing other than MSO. They are called the MSO R, and it’s time to go say hi.
A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More
This might be the oddest tale of destruction to ever happen to a McLaren. A donkey caused a whopping $40,221 in damage to a McLaren 650S Spider after its owner parked beside the donkey’s enclosure. The German police report theorizes the orange 650S looked like a giant carrot to the donkey, who proceeded to eat part of the carbon fiber body near the bumper, scratching the orange paint in the process. The owner, Markus Zahn, says he returned to his McLaren and got inside before seeing the donkey in his rearview mirror.
Adding insult to injury, Zahn’s insurance company refused to fully cover the repair costs, sending Zahn an invoice for $7,052. Though he owned a $288,000 exotic supercar and likely could have easily paid the bill, Zahn decided to sue the donkey’s owner for the cost. Not surprisingly, the donkey’s owner, who named the barnyard animal Vitus, refused to pay the expense. Now a year later, a German court finally heard the case and ruled in favor of Zahn. That left the donkey’s owner with a repair bill of $7,052.
While it seems petty of Zahn to saddle the arguably innocent donkey’s owner with a bill he could easily pay, the real ass of this situation is the insurance company. Undoubtedly, Zahn pays big money to keep his prized McLaren and his fat bank account safe from harm, but when it came time to actually file a claim, the insurance company didn’t feel it was on the hook for the full repair bill, despite Zahn having full coverage. I’m sure the insurance company would complain if Zahn flippantly decided he didn’t want to pay the full amount of his monthly premiums. Regardless of the $40,221 repair cost, the insurance company should have paid up. That’s what insurance is for. Its double standards corporations often hold that makes the public so distrusting.
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Car Throttle Drives Triple Turbo McLaren, Expletives Are Uttered
What do you get when you hand a supercar and lots of money over to a competent tuner? The answer should be obvious – pure, unadulterated automotive excess. Indeed, that’s exactly what our friends over at Car Throttle encountered after getting behind the wheel of this McLaren from HyperCar Development. Based out of Southern California, HyperCar Development specializes in turning your everyday McLaren supercar into some kind of mad, otherworldly mega machine, as evidenced by the triple-boosted 12C featured in the above 6-minute video.
In case you were wondering, “triple-boosted” is a reference to the third turbocharger HyperCar Development added to the stock twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. The trio of snails combine to produce as much as 1,200 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque, good enough for a 2.4-second run to 60 mph, 3.5 seconds to 100 mph, and a quarter mile time in the low 8’s. Top speed is electronically limited to 270 mph. Pricing for the package is set at $129,900, but if you’re still craving more power, the tuner says it has a 1,500-horsepower package coming soon, with the goal being a whopping 300 mph at the top end. Because of course. You can check out HyperCar Development’s website here, but in the meantime, check out the vid to see the triple-boosted 12C out in the canyons of Los Angeles.