McLaren Wants You To Help Finish Its 1:1 Scale Lego 720S At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed attracts automakers from all corners of the world, each showing up with something unique on the table. This year, McLaren has made good use of its preparations for the event by partnering up with Lego to create a 1:1 scale model of the McLaren 720S. That’s right – 1:1. The Lego version of the 720 has the same size as the real thing.
As cool as that sounds, it’s nothing when you feast your eyes on the actual build. Thing is though, the life-sized, Lego version of the 720S is far from being a finished project. Sure, it took six people roughly 2,000 hours to put together most of the 267,300 plastic bricks together, but a little under 13,000 bricks have yet to be put in their proper places for the whole Lego 720S to fully come together. This is where attendees at the Goodwood Festival of Speed come in. Those who show up at the weekend-long automotive spectacle in the U.K. will have the opportunity to add the final pieces to the plastic supercar before it’s scheduled completion this Sunday, right at the end of the Festival of Speed. If you’re not up to it, you can turn your attention towards a nice alternative in the newly released Lego version of the new McLaren supercar that’s been added to Lego’s Speed Champions line. It only comes with 161 pieces and is available for under $20, a price that’s a far cry from the £208,600 ($267,300) price tag McLaren’s asking for the actual 720S.
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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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The brand-new McLaren 650S was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show as a replacement for the MP4-12C. The sports car debuted in Coupe and Roadster body styles with 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque on tap. Powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 seen across the entire McLaren lineup, the 650S comes to the market as a competitor for the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Huracan. Coming into 2015, the British sports car is also getting a track suit with a 650S GT3 label on it.
Developed as a successor to the highly acclaimed 12C GT3, the 650S will replace its forerunner in the Blancplain Endurance Series starting next year. Additionally, the new race car will get to showcase its skills in various GT races around the world hoping to match the success of its predecessor. Although it is essentially an updated 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 carries an array of newly-developed racing parts, which are supposed to make it faster and more agile on the track. Only time will tell if the 650S is worthy of the GT3 moniker, but, until then, let’s have a look at the technology behind it.
Updated 07/27/2015: The McLaren 650S GT3 finished honorably in its most demanding test to date this weekend: two entered entered the Total 24 Hours of Spa and both claimed top 10 finishes. McLaren dropped a very nice picture gallery from the race, so enjoy!
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Only about an hour drive from the McLaren Technology center in Woking, the Goodwood Estate is pretty much right in McLaren’s backyard. So, as a demonstration of British automotive pride and to show its appreciation for fans of the company, McLaren brought several cars from its past, present and future to the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s all brought together in this brief but excellent video from McLaren.
The event was also the first time we got see the new 2016 McLaren 570S turn a wheel under its own power, with McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and McLaren test driver Chris Goodwin taking it up the famous hill climb on separate runs. A 2016 McLaren P1 GTR track-only hypercar, special edition 2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans (which was actually an XP1 preproduction prototype) and 2015 McLaren 650S GT3 race car also made runs up the hill. In addition, McLaren brought out a 2015 McLaren 650S, 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ and a few other cars for attendees to drool over.
As a refresher, the 570S is McLaren’s new entry-level supercar, if $185,000 can be considered entry-level. Like all other current McLarens it gets a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8, which in this car sends 562 horsepower at 7,400 rpm to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Positioned against the Porsche 911 Turbo, it does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 204 mph. Also present was the 2016 McLaren 540C, in McLaren’s Sports Series, which is expected to expand to as many as five cars soon.
With the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed right around the corner, McLaren’s MSO division has created yet another bespoke P1. This time around, the Brits have a unveiled a supercar wearing a livery dedicated to four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost.
Specifically, the P1 Prost has received an exterior paint that mimics the livery of the helmet worn by the Frenchman during his six-year stint with McLaren in F1, between 1984 and 1989. During that period, Prost won three of his four world titles, which pretty much explains why McLaren chose to dedicate him one of the only 375 2014 McLaren P1s built.
Finished in white, the supercar is adorned by blue lines and squares on the lower part of its body, as well as on the front hood and rear wing. Additionally, thin red lines run from the nose to the rear, as well as on each side, from the front bumper toward the rear diffuser. The car also features bright-red calipers for a strong contrast with the black-painted wheels. The theme continues inside, where the bucket seats showcase blue Alcantara, which brighten up the otherwise black/carbon cabin.
The P1 Prost by MSO will be on display at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside other McLaren sports cars, including the new 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe, a rare F1 GT, the 2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans, and a 2016 McLaren 675LT. This year’s Goodwood kicks off June 25th and ends June 28th.
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After much speculation and teasing, McLaren released the all-new, P1-inspired 650S in 2014. This model takes the place of the aging MP4, and delivers a mammoth 640 horsepower. Just a few months after its official debut, McLaren released a concept version of the 650S from its bespoke arm, McLaren Special Operations. This pitch-black concept obviously caught the attention of movers and shakers, as McLaren announced right before the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed that the MSO 650S would indeed be a limited-production vehicle.
This MSO 650S draws most of its styling cues from the concept that debuted in early 2014. Its carbon-fiber side wings and rear bumper center section, and rear diffuser are all taken directly from the concept. Even the sinister black color that the concept wore when it debuted is part of the production model. In fact, the only straying this concept-turned-production does on its way to driveways is the addition of new interior bits and some featherweight wheels.
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McLaren currently offers two racing versions of its 12C sports car: the 12C GT3 and the 12C GT Can-Am Edition. McLaren specially designed the 12C GT3 version for competitions like the FIA Group GT3 where it obtained its first victory at the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.
McLaren has now decided to expand the 12C lineup even further with the addition of a new 12C GT Sprint edition. The new model will make its world debut during this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and McLaren will limit it to only 20 units. Before you get too excited, we have to let you know that the new 12C Sprint edition is a track-only model.
McLaren GT is developing the model and will base it on the road-going 12C, but it will feature some new systems and an optimized aerodynamic package.
Updated 10/1/2013: McLaren has released some additional information, including the £195,000 (about $316,150 at the current exchange rates) base price for the 12C GT Sprint. The Brittish maker also revealed a few more images of the upcoming supercar.
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The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed brought together the best supercars in the world this past weekend. One very special model, the McLaren P1, saw its way up the hill with Former Formula One World Champion Jenson Button behind the wheel.
Button was quite impressed by the amount of power delivered by the P1 and he managed to complete the course in about 53 seconds.
The awesome performance is no surprise, considering the McLaren P1 combines a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the 12C with a twin-clutch transmission with an embedded electric motor to create a total power figure of 903 horsepower and an estimated 1,100 pound-feet of torque at launch. As a result, the P1 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.
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The Goodwood Festival of Speed brings together a number of supercars ever year, and this year, we’ve already collected a number of vehicles that are tackling the hill, including the Pagani Zonda R EVO and the Alpine A110-50 Concept. McLaren is now joining the bunch with a unique MP4-12C GT3.
This special MP4-12C GT3 will be adorned with a unique livery, which highlights McLaren Group’s support of the "GREAT" campaign launched this year by the Prime Minister’s Office and Department for Culture, Media, and Sport. It is because of this that the GT3 has been named the "Great" Briton and was designed by McLaren Racing’s own graphic design team.
The Great Briton MP4-12C GT3 will be running in Batch 3 of the Hill program on June 29th, June 30th, and July 1st, 2012. Next to this unique GT3, McLaren has also promised to unveil an exciting new version of the recently updated MP4-12C supercar. More details on these two new supercars will be unveiled in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!