McLaren

McLaren Automotive is a sports car manufacturer that was founded as McLaren Cars in 1985. The company’s roots go back to the 1960s when Bruce McLaren designed race cars for the Formula One and Can-Am series. McLaren is among the most successful Formula One manufacturers, having won eight constructors’ championships and 12 drivers’ championships as of 2019. It also won five Can-Am championships and two Indy 500 races. McLaren launched its first production road car, the iconic F1, in 1992. The supercar remained in production until 1998. With the F1 discontinued, McLaren went into hibernation until 2003, when a cooperation with Mercedes-Benz spawned the SLR McLaren.

McLaren’s second production model, the MP4 12C, was launched in 2010. It was followed by the P1 supercar car in 2013, and the 650S, a replacement for the 12C, in 2014. McLaren launched its current three-tier sports car structure in 2015, dividing ints products into the Sports, Super, and Ultimate Series. As of 2019, the lineup includes the entry-level 570S (including its 540C, 570GT, and 600LT derivates), the 720S, the Senna, the GT, and the Speedtail.

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Surprise - There's More Life In The McLaren 765LT Than We All Thought

Surprise - There’s More Life In The McLaren 765LT Than We All Thought

The McLaren 765LT is quicker than previously claimed!

The McLaren 765LT, the track-focused version of the 720S, was unveiled in early March 2020, a couple of weeks before the world went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Come September, and the 765LT is finally going into production, with the first hand-built examples to be delivered by the end of the month. And McLaren’s announcement comes with good news for its customers: the 765LT is a bit quicker than previously claimed.

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Production Cuts Hint That There Isn't Enough Interest In the McLaren Elva

Production Cuts Hint That There Isn’t Enough Interest In the McLaren Elva

McLaren Elva production cut to less than half the initial run

The McLaren Elva was unveiled in November 2019 with a production run of 399 units. In April 2020, the British company said that production will be reduced to just 249 examples due to feedback from customers who thought that the Elva wasn’t exclusive enough.

Come September 2020 and McLaren is cutting production numbers of the supercar even more, to only 149 units. The company says the reduction is the result of the "production shutdown experienced during the global Covid-19 pandemic," but maybe the Elva isn’t as desirable as McLaren through.

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It's Never Boring When You Put a McLaren 720S and a Ferrari F8 On the Quarter-Mile

It’s Never Boring When You Put a McLaren 720S and a Ferrari F8 On the Quarter-Mile

These cars are so evenly-matched on paper that we have no idea what to expect from a drag race

The McLaren 720S has claimed a lot of victims on drag strips all over the world through a combo of lightness, punchy performance, and bonkers off-the-line acceleration. So, how will it fare against Ferrari’s F8 Tributo, a car that has all the chances of becoming its nemesis? This video from Drag Times offers the answer.

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In Short Sprints The Porsche 911 Turbo S Will Always Be Faster Than a McLaren

In Short Sprints The Porsche 911 Turbo S Will Always Be Faster Than a McLaren

The Porsche 911 Turbo is quicker than supercars with better power-to-weight ratios

The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is an impressive car when it comes to performance. At 641 horsepower coming from a twin-turbo flat-six engine, the 911 Turbo S is just as fast as much more powerful supercars, largely thanks to its AWD system and tremendous launch control. But how does it compare to other cars that have similar output and power-to-weight ratio? Well, the McLaren 600LT, for instance, is no match for the German coupe in short sprints.

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2021 McLaren Senna GTR LM

2021 McLaren Senna GTR LM

The McLaren Senna GTR LM is a series of unique cars that pay tribute to McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans campaign

The 2020 McLaren Senna GTR LM is a limited-edition version of the Senna GTR. A customer-commissioned series, the 2020 Senna GTR LM was designed as a tribute to McLaren’s 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign, which saw the F1 GTR win the race for the very first time. The 2020 Senna GTR LM is limited to five units, each designed as a homage to the five F1 GTR race cars that finished the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans in first, third, fourth, fifth, and 13th positions. The 2020 Senna GTR LM shouldn’t be confused with the 2020 Senna LM.The latter also celebrates 25 years since McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it’s also limited to five cars, but it was commissioned by two U.S. McLaren dealerships. And while the Senna LM is based on the regular Senna, the Senna GTR LM is built around the track-only Senna GTR model.

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2021 McLaren 620R with MSO R Pack

2021 McLaren 620R with MSO R Pack

There’s nothing inherently wrong with more carbon fiber, right?

McLaren’s road-spec 620R is one of the most hardcore machines to come out of Woking, England in recent years. Not only is it the most powerful “Sports Series” McLaren in the lineup, but it was developed specifically to go fast. Nothing about the 620R counts as subtle, and that includes McLaren’s new “R Pack,” which the automaker is launching to make what is already a hardcore supercar even more hardcore.

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2020 McLaren Senna LM

2020 McLaren Senna LM

The iconic LM badge returns to celebrate McLaren’s Le Mans success

The 2020 McLaren Senna LM is a limited-edition supercar build by the McLaren Special Operations division. Designed to commemorate 25 years since the iconic McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the 2020 Senna LM is a spiritual successor to the P1 LM, which in turn followed the iconic F1 LM. Unlike other versions of the Senna, the Senna LM wasn’t commissioned by McLaren. This supercar, limited to just five units, was commissioned by the McLaren Orlando and McLaren North Jersey dealerships, so it’s a U.S.-exclusive model.

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Learn More About the Fastest Gamer Turned Real-Life Racer

Learn More About the Fastest Gamer Turned Real-Life Racer

James Baldwin Is Taking The British GT By Storm In His First Season Of Car Racing

The British GT is the UK’s own national grand touring series and it’s been going strong for almost three decades. From McLaren’s F1 to the Lister Storm, the Saleen S7, the Dodge Viper, or the Porsche 911 GT3.R, all of them graced the paddock and the grids of the British GT at one time or another and now it’s all about GT3 and GT4 machinery with one 22-year-old gamer battling to win the GT3 title at his first attempt in a team co-owned by a former F1 World Champion. His name is James Baldwin and he is The World’s Fastest Gamer - only he now wants to become The World’s Fastest Racer.

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McLaren's Next Big Model Will Use This New Ligthweight, Hybrid Architecture

McLaren’s Next Big Model Will Use This New Ligthweight, Hybrid Architecture

It’s one step at a time towards fully-electric cars for McLaren

With the likes of Lotus and Pininfarina already tangled in the electric supercar dance, McLaren will want to stay in the game and the unveiling of a new hybrid-dedicated platform does exactly that.

Now, McLaren has been playing with the idea of a hybrid, later-to-be all-electric supercar for some time, and from what we can tell, the company is slowly but surely taking the necessary steps towards a shift in paradigm. This new hybrid architecture means well see the hybrid McLaren launch in 2021.

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2021 McLaren LM 25 Edition by Lanzante

2021 McLaren LM 25 Edition by Lanzante

Lanzante Just Revealed All Six Special Edition McLarens to Celebrate the F1 GTR’s 1996 Le Mans Win

It wasn’t that long ago that British automotive company Lanzante teased the LM25 series of special-edition McLarens that it’s building to celebrate the F1 GTR’s 1996 Le Mans win. Now, we’re finally getting a look at all six models, and these cars are, quite possibly, the best tribute models we’ve ever seen. The company has designed a kit for every McLaren currently available today along with 600LT, which recently went out of production.

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This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars

This McLaren Senna Electric Car Is the Best Way To Introduce Your Little One to the World of Cars

Every detail on this watered-down version of the Senna is faithful to the original, minus the price tag

The Senna is McLaren’s latest and, arguably, most extreme hypercar, a 789-horsepower track-focused machine befitting of McLaren’s Ultimate Series of models that includes the P1 and the F1. At almost $1 million a pop, it was also one of McLaren’s most expensive models when introduced two years ago but that didn’t stop the 500-unit production run to sell out within days.

Fear not, however, as we have an alternative for you Senna-lovers out there that doesn’t even cost $1,000, not even $500 and, better yet, is just big enough for your kid to enjoy. Just beware of the day when your kid outgrows this scaled-down Senna and asks for the real thing.

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The World's Fastest Gamer Is Now A Race Winner, In Real Life

The World’s Fastest Gamer Is Now A Race Winner, In Real Life

James Baldwin won a race in his first weekend of British GT competition

The enforced stoppage of any and all motorsports-related activities during the global lockdown earlier this year has prompted most high-profile drivers to slide their backsides in sim rigs and duke it out in online racing championships. Now, as real racing has resumed in many places, those drivers get back to work driving real cars and James Baldwin is quick to follow, only he never did this prior to the lockdown.

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2020 McLaren GT by Novitec

2020 McLaren GT by Novitec

McLaren’s grand tourer gets plenty of aero and extra ponies

As McLaren’s first dedicated grand tourer, the GT combines the best of all worlds, boasting supercar-like performance to go with an interior that’s brimming with all the fine things money can buy.

Novitec’s latest aftermarket program is dedicated to the McLaren GT, and, in keeping with the company’s reputation as a tuner par excellence, owners are treated to an exterior touch-up, a new set of wheels, and an engine upgrade that successfully dials up the GT’s power and performance capabilities. This is a McLaren GT that’s tuned to the nines.

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1993 McLaren F1

1993 McLaren F1

Arguably the most iconic supercar of the 1990s

Update: The Spiritual Successor to the McLaren F1 - the Gordon Murrage T.50 - has launched with a similar three-seat configuration and ultra-lightweight, Cosworth-built engine, and the most impressive aerodynamic system of any supercar on the market today. Check out our full review of the Gordon Murray T.50 or all of our recent coverage of it

The McLaren F1 was unveiled in May 1992 and was the company’s first road-going production car. The idea was born in the late 1980s, when Gordon Murray, the technical director of McLaren’s Formula One, began sketching the F1 as a three-seat supercar. Appointed as head of McLaren Cars in 1991, Murray convinced Ron Dennis to build the vehicle and played a key role in the design of the F1. It was unlike any other supercar launched up to that point. It had a race-inspired design, a three-seat configuration with the driver seat in the middle, and a comfortable ride for a vehicle of its kind. It was also the first production car to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and the first to bring high-tech and expensive materials such as titanium, magnesium, Kevlar, and gold under the same roof.

Not only powerful and quick, the F1 was also the world’s fastest production car. Its record endured from 1992 until 2005, when Bugatti unleashed the ludicrous Veyron. The F1 spawned a couple of special-edition models such as the LM and the GT, but it was also used as a base for the GTR race car. Essentially a standard F1 with aerodynamic improvements, the GTR went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its first year on the race track.

Some 25 years have passed since its introduction and the F1 is already considered a classic. Usually changing owners for millions of dollars, the F1 is one of the very few multi-million-dollar supercars built in the 1990s.

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McLaren Star Lando Norris WIll Rock A Helmet Designed By A Six-Year-Old At Silverstone

McLaren Star Lando Norris WIll Rock A Helmet Designed By A Six-Year-Old At Silverstone

The F1 driver organized an online competition to pick his next one-off helmet design

Formula 1 is being dominated by Mercedes at the moment but the wealth of young talent in motorsport’s highest echelon makes us hopeful for the future. Ferrari’s got Charles Leclerc, Red Bull is all in on Max Verstappen while Williams’ hopes rest on the shoulders of George Russell.

McLaren too has a young gun up its sleeve in Lando Norris, one of the paddock’s more colorful and playful characters, a side he’s once again showing off with his latest unique helmet design he’ll use during this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Why is it playful and quirky? Because it was designed by a first-grader.

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Frank Stephenson Explains How The World's Fastest Animals Helped Shape The McLaren P1

Frank Stephenson Explains How The World’s Fastest Animals Helped Shape The McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 is part mad performance, part genius design approach

We believe that if every car designer out there shared his approach on various models via YouTube, just like Frank Stephenson does, the world would be a better world. While that happens (do not hold your breath, though), here’s a another captivating video where Mr. Stephenson explains why the McLaren P1 looks the way it looks.

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A Porsche 911 Turbo S and a McLaren 720S Roll Onto the Drag Strip - Can You Guess Who Wins?

A Porsche 911 Turbo S and a McLaren 720S Roll Onto the Drag Strip - Can You Guess Who Wins?

Is AWD more important than power at the drag strip?

Quarter-mile times were a big thing back in the 1960s when the big American companies were operating by the motto "win on Sunday, sell on Monday." It’s no longer used as a business model nowadays, but quarter-mile times are still a cool way to measure performance. In today’s comparison, we take a look at an exciting drag race between the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren 720S thanks to Carwow.

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Invaluable McLaren Senna LM Gets Trashed By Former F1 Driver

Invaluable McLaren Senna LM Gets Trashed By Former F1 Driver

Monaco is the scene of yet another saddening supercar wreck

The McLaren Senna is without a shadow of a doubt among the single craziest road cars we’ve ever seen. Boasting active aerodynamics, the sort of stuff that isn’t even allowed in racing, the Senna is more than just a 720S on steroids. With 790 horsepower on tap coming from an upgraded version of the 720S’ V-8, it’s menacing to drive, and that’s still the case even if you’re a former Formula 1 driver as Adrian Sutil apparently found out over the weekend when he rammed a lamp post with his Senna. What gets us to tears is that the car isn’t even a normal Senna, instead, it’s a Senna LM of which only 20 exist.

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The Science Behind the Legendary McLaren F1 Will Blow Your Mind

The Science Behind the Legendary McLaren F1 Will Blow Your Mind

Here’s why the McLaren F1 is such an amazing supercar

Although it’s barely 30 years old, the McLaren F1 is already an authentic classic. This status comes from the fact that it was a groundbreaking design in the early 1990s, bringing Formula One and state-of-the-art technology to the road. The McLaren F1 was a hypercar before hypercars were a thing and held the record for the fastest production car for no fewer than 12 years. It introduced a unique three-seat design, it was the first car with a carbon-fiber monocoque, and it was powered by a BMW-made V-12 engine that’s still the most powerful naturally aspirated mill out there.

Oh, did I mention that it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with small upgrades made to the road-going car? The folks over at Donut Media just released a video in which they discuss all the great tech behind the McLaren F1. And it’s as interesting as they get.

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Car For Sale: Stunning 1996 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

Car For Sale: Stunning 1996 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

This is your unique chance to buy an extremely rare McLaren F1

Built from 1992 to 1998, the McLaren F1 is one of the rarest supercars out there. Production ended with 106 units, seven of which were prototypes. The remaining 99 cars were split between 71 road cars (including five LMs and two GTs) and 28 race-spec GTR models.

All F1s are rare, but the race-spec variants are definitely harder to find. If you’re in the market for one, Tom Harley JNR is now offering a rare GTR Longtail model from 1996.

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This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be

This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be

While visually attractive, this SLR design has virtually zero chances of becoming a real car

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was, if you wish, an example of fusion (car) food done right. A stint between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the SLR had one paramount task - two, in fact.

On one hand, it had to pay proper respect to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, while on the other, it had to generate F1 race car-level thrills on public road even for the noob driver. For that, it packed a 617-horsepower supercharged V-8 and an all-carbon fiber chassis, among other delicacies.

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McLaren Just Trademarked The "Sabre" Name - Does It Mean a McLaren P1 Successor Is Finally Coming?

McLaren Just Trademarked The "Sabre" Name - Does It Mean a McLaren P1 Successor Is Finally Coming?

The McLaren Sabre could be a wild supercar; or nothing at all

British automaker McLaren just filed a trademark with the United States Trademark and Patent Office for the "Sabre" name. And it’s intriguing to say the least, because McLaren hasn’t announced a new model recently and we haven’t seen any prototypes either.

What’s more, the rumor mill contains no information whatsoever about such a model. However, this new trademark, first discovered by GT Nation, fuels new rumors that the Sabre name could be used for a spiritual successor to the P1.

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What is the Cheapest McLaren?

The Sports Series is McLaren’s entry-level and most affordable lineup of cars. This range includes the 540C, 570S, 570GT, and the 600LT. Less powerful than the 570S, the 540C is the base model here, but this version is restricted to the Chinese market. So while it would be the most affordable, it’s not available in the United States. This leaves the McLaren 570S as the cheapest model, priced from $192,500. Granted, there’s nothing cheap about McLarens, and affordable is a big stretch when we’re talking about almost $200,000, but McLaren’s won’t get cheaper than the 570S unless you go to the used car market for an old 12C.

What is the Most Popular McLaren?

Not surprisingly, the most affordable McLaren is also the most popular. McLaren sold 4,806 cars in 2018 and about a quarter of them were Sports Series models. The best selling Sports Series version is the 570S, which isn’t as sporty as the 600LT, but its significantly more affordable. What’s more, the 570S is available to regular customers, whereas range-topping models like the Senna and Speedtail are restricted to special buyers who already own McLarens.

What is the Most Expensive McLaren?

McLaren sports cars are far from affordable, but the Speedtail is significantly more expensive than the rest. Built in only 106 units, just like the iconic F1, the Speedtail costs a whopping $2.25 million before options. A successor to the F1 not only due to its three-seat layout and tremendous aerodynamics, the Speedtail is a worthy successor when it comes to pricing too. For reference, the equally spectacular Senna starts under $1 million.

What is the Fastest McLaren?

When it comes to top speed, the Speedtail is by far the fastest McLaren available. The British company claims that the Speedtail has a top speed of 250 mph. While this figure doesn’t make it the fastest production car, the Speedtail is the fastest McLaren to date, having surpassed its spiritual predecessor the F1, which held this title for several years in the 1990s.

As far as acceleration goes, the Speedtail should be the quickest. While McLaren has yet to release 0-to-60 mph times for the Speedtail, it should be quicker than the Senna. The latter hits 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and 186 in 17.5 clicks. This final figure is extremely important here, as the Speedtail is almost five seconds quicker to the same benchmark. This means that it should also be quicker from 0 to 60 mph, a benchmark that it likely completes in just 2.6 seconds.

What is the Most Practical McLaren?

Developed with extra trunk space in mind, the McLaren GT is the company’s most practical sports car. A grand tourer with a mid-engined layout, the GT offers luggage room under both the front hood and rear hatch. The compartment under the front hood is rather small at 5.3 cubic feet, but this space is enough to almost beat most sports cars in this segment. But there’s plenty more room under the rear hatch (on top of the engine), where you can load 14.8 cubic feet worth of luggage, which converts to a golf bag or two pairs of skis and boots, plus smaller bags. Overall, the GT has a storage capacity of 20.1 cubic feet, which is more than several midsize and even full-size sedans. Given that sports cars aren’t designed for practicality, the GT is quite an exotic vehicle for its segment.

Are McLaren Cars Reliable?

Sports cars and supercars aren’t usually used as daily drivers, so it’s difficult to asses whether they are reliable or not. While the old 12C has some issues, most of them related to the faulty infotainment system, owners have reported very few problems in recent years. McLaren issued a couple of recalls for some models, but all were related to minor issues and easy repairs. For sports cars that are usually driven during the weekends, on highways, twisty back roads, and on race tracks, McLarens are quite reliable.