We Caught the McLaren Senna GTR Prototype, but It’s Missing a Few Important Pieces
Shortly after the radical McLaren Senna came out, the British firm confirmed that a GTR version is underway. We’ve already seen the car in the form of a production-ready concept, so its design is far from a mystery, but a bunch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi hint that an official unveiling will take place soon.
2019 McLaren Special Operations 720S Stealth Theme
The McLaren 720S Stealth Theme is a shadowy tribute to the only McLaren that has ever conquered the Le Mans 24 Hours race, the F1 GTR. It is built by McLaren Special Operations on request from the McLaren dealer in London and, underneath the skin, it hides all the goodies of a 720S Performance.
Launched only last year, the 720S came as the replacement of the popular 650S model. It features heavily revised aerodynamics, a luscious body sculpted with speed in mind, and a brand-new, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine that is 41-percent new compared to the old 3.8-liter unit.
The 720S Stealth Theme commemorates McLaren’s overall victory at Le Mans 23 years ago when a GT1-spec F1 GTR blitzed the whole of the prototype field to win the race, a genuine first for a production-based car as Porsche’s previous victory with a GT car, in 1979, was achieved with a silhouette-style 935 that only shared the roof and the windows with the street-legal 911.
Listen to the 2019 McLaren Speedtail Purr as It’s Moved Out of McLaren’s HQ
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been falling over backwards to get a handle on McLaren’s latest über speed machine, also known as the Speedtail. Now we’ve got some footage in hand of the Speedtail idling and rolling around at McLaren’s headquarters, giving us an in-motion view of the hypercar and an ear-full of its burbling exhaust at idle.
Watch This Lightly Tuned McLaren 720S Run the Quarter Mile in Less Than 10 Seconds
The McLaren 720S is an absolute beast right out of the box, with nearly $300K worth of go-fast awesomeness on offer for anyone with the bank to back it. That said, for a little extra outlay, you can extract even more from it, granted you know where to turn for a tune.
This particular example comes from EKanoo Racing, a tuner based out of the Middle East that specializes in building seriously quick drag racing machinery. This McLaren is no different, however, the mods are very light, with just an ECU retune to pull a bit more power from the mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8.
EKanoo Racing declined to say exactly how much more power this tuned 720S is making, but unleashed down the 1320, it manages a very fast 9.605 at 146 mph. Compare that to the stocker’s time of 10 seconds flat at 140 mph, and it’s obvious this thing is laying down some extra mid-range muscle.
As a reminder, the stock McLaren 720S produces 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the rear wheels by way of seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph.
The run itself takes place in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit, the same track used for the annual Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race. The whole clip is just 30 seconds long, but seeing this thing move at full chat is a delight all the same. Make sure to listen for the high-pitched whine as the 720S accelerates, which apparently are the super-sticky tires making maximum thrust against the tacky track surface.
The Track-Bound McLaren Senna GTR Will Deliver a Pavement Torturing 2,205-Pounds of Downforce
McLaren’s on an absolute monster roll. The British manufacturer barely let the dust rest on the newly-unveiled Speedtail and now they’ve released the first tidbits of information about the production version of the ludicrous Senna GTR, the track-only iteration of the already mind-boggling McLaren Senna.
We’ve just gotten over the rush caused by McLaren’s new 3-seater Speedtail model. Just as we’re rounding out talking about every inch of the Speedtail, McLaren kindly offers us more. Wait, what? Well, McLaren released today the first details on the McLaren Senna GTR which was first previewed via a flashy prototype at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.
That’s right, we now know a bit more about the car which will, as we can guess from a sketch you’re looking at, be slightly different to the Senna GTR concept. I’ll explain why that is down below so you should keep on reading if you want to find out what the GTR’s numbers are as well.
16 Astonishing Facts About The New McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT
Facts about the new McLaren Speedtail will reveal just how much of a technological marvel the new car really is. It is like the opposite of the Senna, which is all about downforce, cornering, and track abilities. The Speedatail, also known as the Hyper-GT, is a long distance cruiser made to make impressive speed runs, create a luxurious ambiance for its three occupants, and be the fastest thing on the road. Previously, we have seen it in the BP23 prototype guise. Now, however, McLaren delivered something extraordinary - a true McLaren F1 successor. At least a spiritual successor as this one doesn’t have a naturally aspirated V-12, and it is built of materials so advanced that the F1 feels like a relic in comparison.
Nevertheless, the looks of the Speedtail just reveal how dedicated designers were to creating the fastest car possible. No wonder it looks a bit like a Jaguar XJ220, or a bit like a puffed up Volkswagen XL1.
2019 McLaren Speedtail
The McLaren Speedtail is the latest iteration of the Ultimate Series. Although it follows the Senna, it actually replaced the P1, the spiritual successor of the F1. But unlike the P1, the Speedtail features a three-seat layout with a center-mounted drivers seat, just like the F1. Powered by a hybrid drivetrain, it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most aerodynamic McLaren built to date!
Dubbed a Hyper-GT and previously referred to as the BP23, the Speedtail is somewhat of a new concept from McLaren. While it has the output of a hypercar, it looks more like a super-streamline vehicle than a race-inspired supercar and sports a luxurious interior packed with innovative materials. Arguably the coolest thing about it is the central driving seat, a feature borrowed from the iconic F1. It’s the ultimate McLaren road car!
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren Speedtail.
The 2019 McLaren 720S Goes On A Diet To Become Lighter And Faster But More Expensive
Shmee150 Takes a First Look at the McLaren Speedtail
The McLaren Speedtail is here, and it’s an utterly majestic thing to behold. One of the first lucky individuals to get up close and personal with it is our friend Shmee150, who recently posted this 14-minute, 36-second walk-around on the latest Woking wonder-machine. Hit play and drink in the awesomeness!
Ice-T Arrested After Driving His New McLaren 720S Over George Washington Bridge Without Paying the Toll
Rapper and actor Ice-T was arrested earlier this week for on allegations that he evaded paying a toll on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. The veteran actor was reportedly in the E-ZPass lane with his brand-new McLaren 720S, which didn’t have license plates, either. The actor told cops that he simply forgot to bring his E-ZPass with him, adding that he actually has seven of them. Ultimately, he was allowed to leave the scene after receiving a ticket for the unregistered supercar.
The McLaren Speedtail Sets a New Company Standard that Will Be Hard to Beat
43-Year-Old Crashes a McLaren Senna Just Hours After Delivery
When you name your latest supercar after one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers to ever grace a racetrack, there are a few assumptions to be made. Firstly, the car in question will be blisteringly, outrageously fast, and secondly, it’ll be quite the handful behind the wheel. Unfortunately for one McLaren Senna customer, these were two lessons learned the hard way.
Don’t Get Too Excited About Buying The McLaren BC-03 Because You’re Not Getting Your Hands On One
McLaren has confirmed the development of the BC-03 supercar as a one-off creation that was commissioned by one of the company’s clients. The British automaker didn’t elaborate on the details about the mysterious machine, opting only to say that the “specifics of the project are confidential between MSO and its client.” Despite the lack of information, it is rumored that McLaren is using its own 1,150-horsepower Vision Gran Turismo Concept as the blueprint for the one-off exotic. If that’s the case, prepare to be blown away when McLaren reveals the BC-03, at least if the owner allows it.
All We Know About The Upcoming McLaren Speedtail
McLaren’s latest hypercar, the Speedtail, is the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1 supercar. It’s the one that many 90’s kids will remember as the fastest car with the best handling from Need For Speed 2. As the F1’s successor, does it have enough clout to carry the legacy of the car that arguably set the tone for McLaren?
McLaren Takes Luxury and Exclusivity to All New Levels with Gold and Platinum Badging for the 2019 Speedtail
Just when you thought that the limited-run-exclusivity of the Speedtail was enough to make you feel special, Mclaren has gone a step further to let you know that this car is not just fast; it also involves luxury. Instead of having the regular aluminum and gloss black exterior badges, the British brand has worked with Vaughtons jeweler to create an 18-carat white gold emblems with inset carbon fiber.
Set the Speedtail Aside For a Second Because the Mysterious McLaren BC-03 Lurks in The Shadows
As everyone continues to wait with bated breath for the respective debuts of the Speedtail and 720S Convertible, another McLaren is brewing in the shadows. There are no definite details yet, but numerous rumors hint that McLaren’s MSO division is preparing a mysterious new supercar that’s tentatively called the BC-03. It is also believed that the BC-03 will draw inspiration from McLaren’s Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Concept and that only five units are planned.
McLaren Teases New Speedtail, Its First Ever Hyper-GT Car
McLaren has announced the latest addition to its top-shelf Ultimate Series. It’s called the Speedtail, and its a limited-run, multi-million dollar, ground-bound rocket ship stuffed with speed-making hybrid power and oodles of customizability. Production kicks off in about a year, and all 106 examples are already spoken for.
McLaren Celebrates Launch of Forza Horizon 4 with Senna vs. Motocross Bikes Race
Forza Horizon 4 is ready to drop in a week’s time, and to celebrate the game’s coming release date, McLaren brought a Senna to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to race with not one, not two, but three 450cc Motocross bikes. The race itself was a sham — the three bikes took shortcuts on the grass wherever they could — but the purpose to build excitement surrounding Forza Horizon 4’s arrival is real. The game this stores on October 2 and will be available to play on the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
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.
McLaren 600LT Configurator Invites You To Have Fun
McLaren has launched the online configurator for the new 600LT supercar. Launched at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July, the track-prepped Sports Series supercar brings back the Long Tail heritage for McLaren. The 600LT is lighter and more powerful than the 570S. It’s powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-8 that’s used throughout the entire Sports Series lineup. The 600LT’s V-8 engine is tuned to produce 592 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, 30 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque more than the 570S. Now that the supercar’s online configurator is live, it’s time to go have some fun with it.
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."
2018 McLaren F1 GTR ‘25R’ Restoration
McLaren Special Operations may be known for building exclusive one-off creations, but it’s now expanding its workload with the launch of a new certification program for the British automaker’s most iconic model, the F1. Part of the new program’s objectives is to authenticate the history and specification of a specific McLaren F1. Coinciding with the launch of the program is the first McLaren F1 to get fully certified: the 1997 F1 GTR Longtail “25R.”
McLaren is Shooting for EV Supercar to Have at Least 30 Minutes of Track Use Per Charge
The McLaren Speedtail is getting all the headlines these days — and deservedly so — but the British supercar brand also has an all-electric supercar in its sights. McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt, confirmed as much, telling Auto News that an EV supercar is likely to happen, in part as a response to legislation changes in markets all over the world. The company isn’t in a rush to build one, though, at least until the technology catches up with McLaren’s own requirements for an electric supercar.