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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Can a 1000-Horsepower McLaren 720S Take Down the Mighty Tesla Model S Plaid?

Can a 1000-Horsepower McLaren 720S Take Down the Mighty Tesla Model S Plaid?

A highly tuned Mclaren goes up against the Tesla Model S Plaid. Which one will come out on top? Lets find out.

In the latest Hoonigan showdown of THIS vs THAT it’s yet another gas vs electric face-off, where a tuned McLaren 720 S that produces 1000 horsepower, takes on the mighty Tesla Model S Plaid, which is the fastest production car ever.

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2022 McLaren Daniel Ricciardo Edition 720S by MSO

2022 McLaren Daniel Ricciardo Edition 720S by MSO

This 720S celebrates Daniel Ricciardo’s first win as a McLaren driver during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix

On September 12, Daniel Ricciardo claimed a sensational victory during the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. Even if this was his eighth victory in Formula One, it was his first victory as a McLaren driver. Actually, he brought McLaren’s first victory since the Brazil GP in 2012.

To celebrate, McLaren will launch a limited edition 720S. It will only be offered in Australia, will be of course named Daniel Ricciardo Edition 720S, and was designed in cooperation with McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

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Hamilton Races to a Rain-Soaked Victory in Sochi to Claim His 100th Formula 1 Race Win

Hamilton Races to a Rain-Soaked Victory in Sochi to Claim His 100th Formula 1 Race Win

The Briton made history on Sunday, as he achieved yet another milestone

Lewis Hamilton becomes the first driver in Formula 1 history to win 100 races. This win though came with some luck as the rain gods opened up the heavens in the final stages of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. Mercedes for once took the right call in bringing Hamilton in and switching him onto intermediate tires.

After that, it was just a matter of hunting down race leader Lando Norris who was dominant all weekend to clinch the win. Having been in the sport for the better part of 14 years, the seven-time world champion looks relentless and now is aiming for an unprecedented eighth title, as the man continues to break records.

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Watch A McLaren 720S Get Spanked By A Kawasaki Superbike And A Porsche 911 Turbo S

Watch A McLaren 720S Get Spanked By A Kawasaki Superbike And A Porsche 911 Turbo S

All the three vehicles are tuned and make over 2,000 horses combined!

The folks at Officially Gassed - OG have come up with yet another cars vs superbike drag race. To make it even more interesting, all three vehicles are far from stock this time. There’s a tuned Kawasaki Ninja H2 taking on a tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S and McLaren 720S. All of them have their pros and cons getting into the race, so, which car will you place your bets on?

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Can The McLaren 765 LT Score An Upset Victory Over The Tesla Model S Plaid On The Drag Strip?

Can The McLaren 765 LT Score An Upset Victory Over The Tesla Model S Plaid On The Drag Strip?

You know the Model S Plaid is seriously fast when the McLaren 765 LT plays the underground in a face-off

Brooks from DragTimes brought two of his best vehicles on the drag strip for a face-off. The contenders are a Tesla Model S Plaid and a McLaren 765 LT. The Plaid is invincible, but the McLaren is no slouch. The 765 LT was the quickest production car to a quarter-mile before the Plaid arrived, taking just 9.3 seconds at 150+ mph. So, this will be an interesting match-up. From the looks of it, the Plaid might claim the bragging rights, but could the McLaren score some upset victories?

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Is The McLaren 720S The Best Supercar On Sale Today?

Is The McLaren 720S The Best Supercar On Sale Today?

The McLaren 720S may be the best Supercar on sale today. Here’s why

McLaren’s lineup seems to be as diverse as ever, with 16 road-going versions currently on sale including the Spider versions. However, Hagerty has commissioned TheSmokingTire co-host, Zack Klapman, to explain why the McLaren 720 Spider is possibly the best supercar currently on sale. And what better way to lay down his argument than to take the mid-engine supercar for a drive on a great road with plenty of corners?

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Watch This 3,900-Horsepower Drag Race Between a Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, And a McLaren 720S

Watch This 3,900-Horsepower Drag Race Between a Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, And a McLaren 720S

Can the Audi R8 and the McLaren 720S dethrone the mighty Godzilla?

High-horsepower drag races are always a thrill to watch. Even more so to participate in, but instead, I am sitting here writing about it. In any case, it’s always interesting to see which drivetrain layout is best at a certain power level, and once again, Carwow happily obliges. In this case, we have three cars with over 1,000 horsepower that differ in the way they deliver power to the ground – a Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and a McLaren 720S.

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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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Is The 1,000+ Horsepower ‘Albert' The Best McLaren Ever?

Is The 1,000+ Horsepower ‘Albert’ The Best McLaren Ever?

Who exactly was ‘Albert’ and what does he have to do with this McLaren Speedtail?

A McLaren dealer based in Beverly Hills, California has commissioned McLaren Special Operations or MSO, to create a one-off Speedtail, that pays homage to one of McLaren’s earliest prototypes of the car.

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2022 McLaren 765LT Spider

2022 McLaren 765LT Spider

The McLaren 765LT Spider comes with a retractable carbon fiber top, is limited to 765 examples, and starts at over $400,000!

McLaren has followed up on the 765LT by introducing a drop-top version called the 765LT Spider. The 765LT came out as the range-topping model in the company’s Super Series family. It shared its DNA with the 720S, but made more power, came with an aero-focused body, and featured a lot of carbon fiber components. The 765LT Spider is a convertible version of this beast and is limited to 765 examples, just like the standard coupe. It will start at a shade under $400,000.

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We're Not Sure Whether to Love or Hate This Galaxy Widebody Kit for the McLaren 720S

We’re Not Sure Whether to Love or Hate This Galaxy Widebody Kit for the McLaren 720S

ZACOE Has Created a Unique Body Kit For The McLaren 720S And it’s Like Nothing We’ve Ever Seen Before

Modifying the appearance of a supercar is a delicate procedure, which is why few studios engage in such endeavors. Usually, a lot of work goes into developing a supercar. This includes the body, which has to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. ZACOE design is a studio that has a very meticulous approach when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of any car and the Galaxy body kit designed for the McLaren 720S is a testimony to that.

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This McLaren F1 Is Expected to Fetch Crazy Money At Auction

This McLaren F1 Is Expected to Fetch Crazy Money At Auction

This McLaren F1 has been driven less than 10 miles per year and might be riding on the original factory tires!

The McLaren F1 is revered as the most significant supercar of the 1990s and to this day is still one of Gordan Murray’s finest creations. It employs space-age material that is still considered exotic today, including components and panels made from carbon fiber, kevlar, titanium, and even gold foil. Every one of the 106 units produced were bespoke and tailor-made. The low-mileage, pristine example that you see here is heading to auction soon, and it’s extra special.

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2021 McLaren 720S by DarwinPro - Senna Looks Without All The Drama

2021 McLaren 720S by DarwinPro - Senna Looks Without All The Drama

This kit doesn’t make the 720S look identical to the Senna, and it won’t be as fast, but for $19,000 it will make your 720S look like a million bucks!

The McLaren 720S is an extreme machine, and was one of the first ever supercars to approach the acceleration level of modern day hypercars. Where McLaren stopped with the 720S, aftermarket tuners picked up, giving the world models like the McLaren 720S by Novitec, McLaren 720S Zenith Black by MSO, and even the 720S Spyder by MSO. Each of these programs built upon and already amazing package, but none of them come close to making the 720S look as extreme as the McLaren Senna,and that’s where DarwinPro’s new aerodynamic body kit comes into play.

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The McLaren Elva Actually Looks Good With Its Tiny Little Windscreen

The McLaren Elva Actually Looks Good With Its Tiny Little Windscreen

The McLaren Elva can be had with a proper windscreen

Speedsters seem to be all the business nowadays, as multiple manufacturers have come up with one. McLaren is one of them and, in 2019, it gave us the McLaren Elva. Just like some of the other car manufacturers that have delved into topless supercars, the people at McLaren have given the Elva many design cues from the 1960s original. One of Elva’s distinctive features is the lack of a windshield – some speedsters have a small one. However, that’s about to change.

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The McLaren 720S Looks Legendary In This Cool Gulf livery

The McLaren 720S Looks Legendary In This Cool Gulf livery

The limited edition McLaren 720S Gulf celebrates the newly-formed partnership between McLaren and Gulf Oil

Gulf Oil is not the giant it used to be, but its livery will go down in history as one of the most recognizable in motorsports. The sky-blue and orange arrangement has blessed some of the most legendary race cars ever made – the Ford GT40, Porsche 917, McLaren F1 GTR “Long Tail”, Aston Martin DBR1-2, and Porsche 911 RSR. Now, McLaren is bringing back some of that glory in the form of a limited-edition McLaren 720S, wearing the Gulf livery.

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Why The McLaren F1 Is The Greatest Car Ever Made

Why The McLaren F1 Is The Greatest Car Ever Made

The answer is as complex as the supercar itself

You would think that the nameplate that wore the crown of the fastest production car on the face of the Earth does not need further introduction. In reality, the F1, a legend of the car industry and a design/engineering masterpiece, has so many cool features that it is impossible not to take them into account.

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2021 McLaren 620R

2021 McLaren 620R

The quickest and most extreme road-legal Sports Series model

The 2021 McLaren 620R is the range-topping version of the Sports Series, the company’s entry-level lineage of sports cars. Essentially a road-legal version of the 570S GT4, the 2021 620R slots above the 600LT. Design-wise, the 2021 620R is almost identical to the 570S GT4. It also features the same engine, but because it’s not restricted by racing regulations, the V-8 boasts more power.

Rated at 610 horsepower, the 2021 620R is the most powerful Sports Series vehicle ever created. It’s also the quickest, but it lags behind its siblings when it comes to top speed. With production limited to 350 units, the 2021 McLaren 620R costs almost $300,000. Let’s find out more about this supercar in the review below.

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Watch The World's Quickest Ferrari F8 Tributo Take on a McLaren 765LT

Watch The World’s Quickest Ferrari F8 Tributo Take on a McLaren 765LT

Drag racing never gets old so here we go again

Orchestrated by Hennessey Performance at its Pennzoil Proving Ground, this drag race between the F8 Tributo and a 765LT might be short, yet it’s just the right dose of supercar radness.

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Doug DeMuro Wants To Teach You About the McLaren Sabre's Many Quirks

Doug DeMuro Wants To Teach You About the McLaren Sabre’s Many Quirks

Here’s what you need to know about the McLaren’s latest highly-exclusive hypercar - the Sabre

Doug DeMuro is giving us yet another in-depth “quirks and features” review of a cool car. This time, t’s the latest special car from McLaren – the Sabre. As always, we get the introduction to the car. It’s worth noting that the Sabre is supposed to be an evolution of the McLaren Senna, on which it is based. In the McLaren lineup, the Sabre sits over the Senna, but under the Speedtail that mimicked some features of the McLaren F1.

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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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This Is the Sedan That McLaren Unfortunately Won't Build

This Is the Sedan That McLaren Unfortunately Won’t Build

We hope McLaren keeps this on the back burner for when sedans become fashionable again

Sedans have been losing popularity even since the first SUV hit the market and that decline is still ongoing today. At the same time, a sedan kind of goes against the idea of a pure-breed sports car/supercar, which is why McLaren will never build one just like it won’t build a crossover or an SUV. But what if?

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2020 McLaren Elva

2020 McLaren Elva

The most radical McLaren to date has no windscreen and pays tribute to a race car from the 1960s

The 2021 McLaren Elva is a brand-new supercar that the British firm added to its Ultimate Series lineup, alongside the Senna and the Speedtail. A two-seat open-cockpit design, it’s inspired by a series of race cars built by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s under the McLaren-Elva name. It’s McLaren’s first open-cockpit road car and its lightest road-going vehicle yet. A track-ready roadster with an aerodynamic design, the 2021 Elva features the most powerful iteration of McLaren’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Rated at 804 horsepower, it slots above the Senna in terms of power and falls behind only the Speedtail hybrid. Let’s find out more about this beast in the review below.

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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.