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.

view thumbnails grid view horizontal compact blog view
Feast Your Eyes On the All-New Hybrid McLaren Artura Supercar

Feast Your Eyes On the All-New Hybrid McLaren Artura Supercar

The McLaren Artura debuts brand-new hybrid platform and twin-turbo V-6 engine

Earlier in 2020, we learned about McLaren’s plans to launch its first series-production hybrid vehicle, which will replace the Sports Series line. Come November 2020 and the British company confirmed the arrival of the electrified supercar, releasing a teaser video and unveiling the Artura name. McLaren also revealed new information about the gasoline-electric model, including the fact that it will ride on an all-new architecture.

Read more
Lego And McLaren Show Senna GTR Technic Set And We're Reaching for Our Credit Cards

Lego And McLaren Show Senna GTR Technic Set And We’re Reaching for Our Credit Cards

830 pieces of track fury right on our desks

The Senna GTR can now write all the history it wants both on the race track and on your desk. Lego is partnering up with the British supercar maker on a Technic set that will recreate the Senna GTR using the tiny plastic bricks we all know and love.

Read more
2021 McLaren 620R by Novitec

2021 McLaren 620R by Novitec

German tuner unleashes the Mac’s inner beast

The McLaren 620R is one of those performance cars that look great on paper. It packs 610 horsepower and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. But despite the numbers and its status as the road-spec version of the 570S GT4, there’s something about the 620R that makes you wonder if there’s untapped potential that can be unleashed with a few tweaks here and there.

Novitec probably had similar questions, but unlike all of us, the tuner could actually do something about it. And it did, thanks to a new program that unleashes more power from the supercar’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine.

Read more
Buy This McLaren-Designed $16 Million Super Garage, Get a Free 765LT (For One Year)

Buy This McLaren-Designed $16 Million Super Garage, Get a Free 765LT (For One Year)

There’s also a two-story penthouse that comes with the purchase

When you’re buying a home, you typically buy the home and the garage comes with it, right? But how often do you get offered a garage and the home — and access to a super limited supercar for one year — comes with it? That’s what’s in store for you when you take McLaren and Pendry Residences West Hollywood on their offer of a one-of-a-kind “super garage.” The two companies are joining forces to build this insane flex of luxury. It’s described as an amenity for someone who buys a two-story penthouse called Terrace Estate 608, and the price for all of that is a cough-inducing $16 million.

Read more
The McLaren Senna GTR Is the Last Car You'd Expect to See at a McDonald's Drive-Thru

The McLaren Senna GTR Is the Last Car You’d Expect to See at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Stranger things have happened, though

The McLaren Senna GTR is arguably one of the most sophisticated cars in the world. As the track-focused version of the Senna hypercar, the 814-horsepower GTR is a monster in every sense of the word. It’s also the fastest non-Formula One car McLaren has created for faster lap times. All that points to a car that’s not only fast and powerful but also obscenely expensive.

Well, even the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive cars in the world are not immune to the hunger pangs of the drivers that drive them. The Senna GTR is no exception as we see it in, of all places, a McDonald’s Drive-Thru. Yes, a McDonald’s Drive-Thru.

Read more
A Ferrari F40 and a McLaren P1? You HAVE To See This Drag Race

A Ferrari F40 and a McLaren P1? You HAVE To See This Drag Race

Quite old meets not-so-new-anymore in top-shelf race off the line

The McLaren P1 could very well be the Naomi Campbell of supercars. With such sleek, perfectly rounded shapes, the spiritual successor of the F1 looks better today, six years from its inception, than pretty much ever new car we can think of.

The Ferrari F40, launched by Maranello to mark four decades in the business of making thrilling sports cars, was a declaration of turbo force as much as it was a design masterpiece.

And now, the two are locking horns in a drag race.

Read more

Latest Daily Car Videos:

McLaren Might Start Giving Its Cars Normal Names More Often

McLaren Might Start Giving Its Cars Normal Names More Often

McLaren is replacing the Sports Series with a V-6 hybrid in 2021

A few years ago, McLaren announced that all of its cars will soon feature some sort of electrification. Come 2020, and it seems the British firm is set to unleash its first fully hybrid vehicle series. It will debut in the first quarter of 2021 with the first all-new McLaren platform since 2011, it will replace the Sports Series, and will switch to a new naming scheme that’s no longer based on the engine’s output in PS.

Read more
McLaren Has Something HUGE Planned for Early 2021

McLaren Has Something HUGE Planned for Early 2021

McLaren’s next supercar will be hybrid and we’ll be seeing it sooner than later.

McLaren’s never-ending quest to outdo itself with all these new hybrid supercars isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the British automaker is hard at work developing another “high-performance hybrid.” The Woking, England-based outfit isn’t letting the cat out of the bag yet, only referring to the model as “HPH,” or “High-Performance Hybrid.” Recent renderings and spy photos have shed some light on the mystic Mac that looks interestingly like a redesigned 570S. All shall be revealed when the new McLaren debuts in the first half of 2021.

Read more
Why Wouldn't You Watch This Showdown Between the McLaren Senna and 720S?

Why Wouldn’t You Watch This Showdown Between the McLaren Senna and 720S?

Two cars from the same automaker, using the same engine and transmission, but with different sets of pros and cons; who will win?

There are thousands of drag races online, but this one from DragTimes has caught our attention this time. It’s an epic race between the McLaren 720S and the McLaren Senna on a drag strip. The Senna is the third addition in the automaker’s Ultimate Series, joining the F1 and the P1. Seeing the specs, you might declare the Senna to be the winner in this drag race competition. But, it went up against the 720S, a car that offers F1-like performance. Which one do you think will emerge as the winner?

Read more
The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO Showed Up At Goodwood SpeedWeek

The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO Showed Up At Goodwood SpeedWeek

McLaren’s $1.7 million speedster is wearing the most iconic livery in motor racing

The McLaren - Gulf Racing partnership was renewed only a few months ago, but we’re already reaping the rewards of the deal. First, it was the McLaren Senna GTR LM that was given the distinction of wearing the famous blue and orange Gulf Racing livery. Now, it’s the McLaren Elva’s turn to sport the two-color finish, as created by McLaren Special Operations. Even better, the Gulf Racing-clad McLaren Elva will take center stage at Goodwood SpeedWeek, which is happening until October 18 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in the U.K.

Read more
This is What It's Like to Drive the McLaren 765LT on the Track!

This is What It’s Like to Drive the McLaren 765LT on the Track!

The McLaren 765LT is one fun supercar at the track

McLaren is the kind of automaker that builds all of its vehicles with track driving in mind. Whether it’s the entry-level 540C or the wild Senna, they can be unleashed on the track like a full-fledged race car.

But McLaren also makes a handful of sports cars that are aimed at the track more than they are road cars. The 765LT is one of them. A long-tail version of the 720S, the 765LT was designed with numerous track-focused upgrades in mind, including a more powerful V-8 engine. How does it behave on the race track? Well, the folks over at Carfection took it to the iconic Silverstone circuit to find out.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more

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.