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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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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2020 McLaren 720S Le Mans

2020 McLaren 720S Le Mans

McLaren celebrates 25 years since winning Le Mans with special-edition 720S

The 2020 McLaren 720S Le Mans is a limited-edition version of the company’s mid-range supercar. It was created to celebrate 25 years since McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the F1 GTR. We could say that the 720S Le Mans is some sort of spiritual successor to the 650S Le Mans, which was launched in 2015 to celebrate 20 years since the company’s win on Circuit de la Sarthe. Limited to only 50 units, the 2020 720S Le Mans comes with unique features inside and out, and it’s powered by the same V-8 engine as the standard model.

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This Video Will (Probably) Teach You Everything You Need To Know About The McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

This Video Will (Probably) Teach You Everything You Need To Know About The McLaren F1 GTR Longtail

This is the ultimate incarnation of the iconic McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is a legend. It’s probably the most legendary car from the 1990s, and its iconic status surpasses that of many older classics. When it arrived in 1992, it was the most revolutionary production model on the market. It was made from carbon-fiber, it features a three-seat layout with the driver’s seat in the center and smart packaging for luggage. On top of that, it was powerful and fast thanks to a V-12 engine designed by BMW. This car was so potent that it managed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with minor modifications. As if that wasn’t enough, McLaren built even more extreme versions of the F1, like the LM, GT, and GTR. The GTR Longtailwas just featured by YouTube channel TheSupercarDriver, and it teaches you everything you need to know about it.

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This Front-Engined McLaren 765LT Makes the Ferrari 812 Superfast Feel Sad

This Front-Engined McLaren 765LT Makes the Ferrari 812 Superfast Feel Sad

Would you buy one?

Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, McLaren has never built front-engined supercars. The SLR McLaren is an exception, but only because it was a collaboration initiated by Mercedes-Benz. But what if McLaren built cars with the engine placed over the front axle? Instagram’s "j.b.cars" had the same curiosity recently and rendered the familiar 765LT with the engine in the front. And it looks surprisingly cool.

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2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante

2020 McLaren P1 GTR-18 by Lanzante

A longtail version of the P1 GTR and a tribute to the iconic F1 GTR Longtail

The McLaren P1 GTR-18 is an aftermarket conversion of the McLaren P1 supercar performed by Lanzante. The package is essentially an exterior upgrade that enhances aerodynamics, but the cars are also finished in historic racing liveries. Now specialized in servicing and restoration of classic cars, Lanzante used to run its own motorsport team, including the one that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans with a McLaren F1 GTR under Kokusai Kaihatsu sponsorship. In 2016, Lanzante converted six P1 GTR models to road-legal specs and called them the P1 LM. The P1 GTR-18 is thus Lanzante’s second project based on the P1.

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2020 McLaren Senna by Novitec

2020 McLaren Senna by Novitec

Another extensive package that ticks the performance and design boxes

The Novitec-McLaren tuning affair has had its fair share of episodes up to this point. In fact, the German tuner offers one of the most tasteful packages for McLaren’s line of products and although it worked on the Senna in the past, the house just released a new bundle of tweaks for the British supercar.

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A McLaren P1 Replacement Is Just Four Years Away

A McLaren P1 Replacement Is Just Four Years Away

P1’s successor won’t arrive earlier than 2024

Can you believe the P1 is currently in its eighth year of existence? We surely can’t. And needless to say, a replacement is coming, but according to McLaren officials, don’t expect it before 2024.

The McLaren P1 has its special place in the automotive hall of fame because it put the Woking-based carmaker back on the super sports car map and provided a fierce rival for the likes of Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. But the hybrid-powered P1 is aging, and a new supercar will take its place eventually.

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Here's the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR's Massive Rear Wing

Here’s the Interesting Story Behind the McLaren Senna GTR’s Massive Rear Wing

Did you think generating huge levels of downforce was easy?

McLaren was quick to reveal the Senna GTR just 12 months after it showed it in prototype guise. Despite sharing the same name with the road-going supercar, the fully-fledged race car was fitted with a rethinked body kit that focuses heavily on generating more downforce at lower speeds.

Part of this new body kit is the ginormous rear wing that dominates the rear section of the Senna GTR. And the wing itself has its own story.

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Instead of Buying a McLaren 765LT, Just Gat a Base 720S and a Porsche 718

Instead of Buying a McLaren 765LT, Just Gat a Base 720S and a Porsche 718

Double the fun with the same amount

McLaren just announced U.S. pricing information for the 765LT, and it costs quite a pretty penny at $358,000. That’s a notable premium over the base 720S, which retails from around $300,000 before options. Needless to say, for the price of 765LT, you can buy a 720S, which is still awesome, and still have enough money for a second sports car, like the Porsche 718.

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McLaren Has Decided to Cut Production of the Elva From 399 to 249 Units

McLaren Has Decided to Cut Production of the Elva From 399 to 249 Units

Is McLaren having problems selling 399 units?

In late 2019, McLaren introduced the Elva, a unique, open-cockpit road car based on a race car design from the 1960s. The company’s lightest road-legal vehicle, it’s also McLaren’s most powerful non-hybrid car. Priced from almost $1.8 million, the Elva was scheduled to be built in 399 units, but McLaren recently dropped that figure to 249. The decrease is the result of feedback from customers who think that the Elva isn’t exclusive enough.

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Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That's Identical to His McLaren Senna

Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That’s Identical to His McLaren Senna

And it costs more than $9,000!

Supercar connoisseur and YouTube vlogger Shmee150 recently took delivery of his second McLaren Senna. But this time around it’s a scale model that’s eight times smaller than the real deal. But it’s identical to the actual car in terms of colors and even materials. What’s more, it costs in excess of $9,000.

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The Very First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail is Up for Sale!

The Very First McLaren F1 GTR Longtail is Up for Sale!

It’s the First F1 GTR Longtail to be converted to road specification!

The first example of the iconic McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, one of only 10 built, is being listed for sale by Tom Hartley Jnr. Arguably one of the most important McLarens ever produced, this specific model was a factory development car and one of only two GTR prototypes that ended up in private hands. The other one is currently owned by former Pink Floyd drummer and renowned car collector Nick Mason. The seller hasn’t listed a price for the supercar, but it’s safe to say it will change hands for more than $5 million.

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The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed

Just watch it go in the video below

We can’t help but get excited whenever a new supercar comes to the market and its makers are quick to post an estimated top speed. Then reality hits: you need a lot of space to take a supercar/sports car to its Vmax, and even more importantly, you must make sure some safety rules are in effect.

With that in mind, the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds is one of those places that offer enough runway length and width so that in case things do go wrong, the one behind the wheel has a chance (i.e. enough time) to save the situation or at least know he won’t have to worry about hitting a wall at 150 mph.

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2019 McLaren 765LT

2019 McLaren 765LT

The successor to the 675LT is here and it’s better in every aspect

The 2021 McLaren 765LT is the range-topping version of the company’s Super Series family, built around the 720S core model. Essentially a successor to the 675LT, the 2021 765LT is yet another tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, a race car fitted with an elongated body for enhanced aerodynamics. The 2021 765LT shares many components with the familiar 720S, but it features a more aggressive aero package with carbon-fiber components, a race-focused interior, and a more powerful engine. As the name suggests, the V-8 engine cranks out 765 PS, which converts to 755 horsepower, 45 more than the regular 720S.

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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.