McLaren Unveils Speedtail Prototype, Names It "Albert"
Some 25 years after the McLaren F1 burst into the scene, it’s one true successor, the McLaren Speedtail has finally arrived. Ok, so the production Speedway isn’t here yet, but McLaren has unveiled the first hybrid powertrain prototype of the Speedtail, complete with an actual name that pays homage to the same street in which its predecessor, the F1, was conceived. The Speedtail prototype will no longer use its “MVY02” internal designation. Instead, we should all get used to calling it “Albert.”
McLaren Teases 570LT\600LT with Top Exhaust Exits, Sets Debut for June 20
The McLaren 570LT is coming, and apparently, a new teaser released by McLaren shows that it’s coming with top-exit exhausts that have the potential to give the 570LT a better soundtrack compared to the 570S. Details are still scarce about the upcoming model, but in addition to the delightful location of the exhausts, it’s also going to arrive in limited quantities. Or as McLaren puts it, “limited to the few.”
To fill the space between the 650S supercar and the astronomically potent P1 hypercar, McLaren built a “track-focused development of the 650S” and called it the 675LT. This limited-production, barely-road-legal race car packs an even bigger punch than its standard-issue forbearer, wringing out every last ounce of performance from the 650S platform via enhanced aerodynamics, less weight, and even more power. It may come with all the markings of something for public highways (you know, like headlights, a windshield, turn signals, and tires with grooves), but given the right environment, the 675LT is capable of posting times far beyond most machines with a license plate.
The “LT” nomenclature is a nod to the F1 GTR “Longtail,” a car that brought McLaren huge success competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance races of the late-‘90s. With that in mind, it’s no surprise the 675LT is framed as “the most driver-focused and exclusive McLaren Super Series model ever made.”
So then – exclusivity, a proven competition pedigree, the very latest motorsport technology, and of course, insane speed. Sounds like quite the package, no?
Updated 10/15/2015: We’ve added full details on McLaren’s most powerful Super Series model.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 McLaren 675LT.
McLaren has been facing some massive changes in the past few years with the MP4-12C re-energizing the British automaker after in excess of a decade with no new cars rolling into showrooms. Furthermore, McLaren has been furiously expanding its dealership network across the globe during this time, with one dealership even recently opening in Australia.
However, it’s the U.S. which seems to be the most profitable market for McLaren with MotorTrend reporting that 40 percent of the 1000 MP4-12C’s currently ordered are heading to America and for those who don’t find mathematics their forte, that equates to 400 units. So it goes without saying that the MP4-12C is extremely appealing across the U.S.
On one hand this is a huge shock, as the U.S. is already up there as one of Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s biggest markets, but on the other hand it shows that McLaren’s efforts to open up a network of dealers in the U.S. has paid off.
It’s currently unclear if any private U.S. customers have had their MP4-12C’s delivered, after McLaren ‘recalled’ them due to various complaints from road-testers. Either way, McLaren sales in the U.S. are sighted to rise even higher in the coming years with the F1 successor currently being developed, while various variants of the MP4-12C will also be produced, possibly even an MP4-12C Shooting Brake.