Someone Brutally Destroyed a McLaren 720S and Left it for Dead
It seems like once a week there’s some idiot in a supercar trying to be a hero. Usually, it results in destroying said supercar along with plenty of other property too. Such things can easily rack up $1 million or more in damages. On the plus side, we usually get to see a video of said idiot trying to be a hero. That isn’t the case today, but we do get to see the aftermath and all we can say is “WOW.” Apparently, someone needs to McLaren one hell of a thank you letters as the Monocage II structure definitely saved their lives.
What actually happened seems to be a bit of a mystery, but the drive was obviously hauling ass and, apparently, narrowly missed ending up in a deep ravine. One side of the car is at least recognizable while the flipping of the car literally sheered the passenger side door and one of the wheels right from the car. Believe it or not, the passengers walked away, although they probably had some pretty thick brown stains in their undergarments.
One other thing to point out is what the hell is going on with the rest of the supercars on the scene? Do they all have a radar for this kind of thing? It’s like all of the other supercar drivers in the area just had to show up and look at what their future might be if they don’t keep all four on the pavement. It’s like a makeshift funeral for a 720S that’s had a better day. In fact, there’s more supercars and supercar owners than police on the scene. Just what the hell is going in in Las Vegas?
For what it’s worth, the passengers of the car turned up at a local hospital with minor injuries that includes scrapes, cuts, and bruises. But, the point is, there was no serious injury. That just speaks volume towards how well the 720S is built. And, while it’s sad to see another McLaren come to an early death, it’s pretty cool to see just how well they are really built. For those of you who happen to own a supercar, this is why you drive them at full girth on the track. Don’t do it on the road, even in the middle of the desert. And, if you do, please make sure someone is recording so we can see it happen and not just the aftermath.
McLaren Pops The Champagne with 5,000 Sold Units in North America
Business is good for McLaren these days, at least as far as sales achievements are concerned. On the heels of posting its best-ever sales year in 2017 with 3,340 units, the British supercar brand has unlocked a new achievement: it just sold its 5,000th unit in North America. The 5,000th car is a Silica White McLaren 570S Spider that was purchased by Dr. Gary Leach of California this past week.
McLaren’s 570S Spider Design Edition Models Are Ready to Take Your Money
McLaren’s MSO personalization division is arguably the busiest customization unit in the auto industry these days. Proving that there’s no rest for the weary, the British automaker is now offering a series of special edition McLaren 570S Spiders under the Design Edition lineup. A total of five 570S Spider Design Editions are now available, each coming with a unique look that allows for proper differentiation among the five models. If you’re familiar with the past use of the Design Edition name on the 570S Coupe, this new release is all about giving love to its droptop sibling.
Canada Scores Big as McLaren Gives it Its Own McLaren 570S MSO
Canada isn’t the first country you think of that gets a fair amount of exclusive special editions. For whatever reason, that distinction probably goes to Japan. But the Great White North gets its fair share, and the latest one is this bespoke beauty from McLaren’s MSO customization division. It’s called the McLaren 570S Spider Canada Commission, and it’s limited to just five units.
2018 McLaren 570GT MSO Black Collection
First unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the McLaren 570S hit the segment as a more accessible, daily-driver-friendly way to get into the McLaren lifestyle. Following in its footsteps was the GT model, revealed at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. Now, there’s a new bespoke variant of the 570GT on offer, and it’s called the MSO Black Collection, bringing customers a custom exterior style, extra aural presence, and a slew of top-shelf standard features.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren 570GT MSO Black Collection.
McLaren 720S in Atlantic Blue Shows Off Just What McLaren Special Operations can Do
The second-generation Super Series, more commonly knows as the 720S, was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as a successor to the already iconic 650S. One year has passed, and the 720S returns to Switzerland as a showcase car for the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division. Created to provide customers with almost endless customization possibilities, MSO is now a common option on almost all McLarens. Be it a special paint or bespoke stitching inside the cabin, MSO has left its mark on almost every 720S built to date. And, this supercar finished in Atlantic Blue, showcases both the boundless extent of MSO’s bespoke craftsmanship and the MSO Defined range of personalization choices.
There’s a Special McLaren 570S Just for Valentines Day!
While most Valentine’s Day gifts usually consist of flowers, chocolates, or gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (I don’t have time, ok!), somebody in this great, big world of ours decided to go big with his present. Instead of getting one of those oversized teddy bears, this “incurable romantic” decided to commission McLaren’s MSO personalization division by building him a custom, one-off McLaren 570S Spider that’s dripping in the colors of the day: red, red, and more red.
2018 McLaren MSO X
Launched in 2015, the McLaren Sports Series is the automaker’s most affordable lineup yet and already includes a handful of different variations. There’s the entry-level 540C, the more powerful 570S, the comfort-oriented 570GT, and even a spyder version. In 2016, McLaren also launched two race-spec variants, the 570S GT4 and 570S Sprint. Come 2018 and the British firmed introduced yet another version of the highly acclaimed sports car. But unlike its predecessors, this one was crafted by the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) division for the company’s largest U.S. importer. It goes by the name MSO X, and it’s essentially a road-legal 570S GT4.
Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project by McLaren Newport Beach, the MSO X was designed to emulate the look and feel of the GT4 race car, but retain a fully road-legal status and some convenience features. It was unveiled at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas in late January, where all ten units were handed over to their customers. Yup, if you thought that the regular 570S was rare, the MSO X is a car you might not even see on public roads unless you attend McLaren meetings or certain open track days.
Continue reading to learn more about the McLaren MSO X.
Will Semi-Autonomous Features And Hybrid Power Ruin The Pleasure Of Driving A McLaren?
The supercar segment is doing quite well these days, with expanded offerings across the board, from hardcore track killers, to everyday sports cruisers. McLaren is staying active, with plans to hybridize its lineup and add new autonomous driving features. But is it the right move for the supercar maker?
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One-Off McLaren 720S By MSO Raises $650,000 For Children’s Charity
While just about any McLaren model in standard trim is truly a sight to behold, the experts over at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) have a way of making these machines even more attractive. And that’s exactly what happened with this one-of-one 720S coupe, which comes draped in unique paint and gets decked out in a plethora of carbon bits. One McLaren fan was so smitten, they paid $650,000 to get their hands on it, well over twice the car’s starting MSRP. And that’s a good thing, because proceeds went to benefit a children’s charity.
The car was recently auctioned off at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, where it raised money for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. The car was originally equipped in the Luxury specification (as opposed to the base model or Performance spec). From there, MSO added a host of optional equipment, including loads of carbon fiber bits for the interior and exterior. However, the most eye-catching feature is the Nerello Red paint found on the body panels, so named after a type of grape found in the Mascali area of Sicily – appropriate for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, no?
Inside, the 720S comes equipped with Saddle Brown leather upholstery punctuated by Nerello stitching. There’s also a customized steering wheel sporting some Carbon Black leather hand grips.
As a reminder, the McLaren 720S comes from the factory with a carbon fiber chassis for low weight, as well as a 4.0-liter V-8 for motivation. The powerplant is pumped up by a double-dose of turbocharging to produce 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. The run to 60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 212 mph. MSRP starts at $287,745.
Zero-Mile Mclaren 650S Sprint For Sale
Are you in the market for a McLaren 650S Sprint? If you are, you’re in luck because an all-black 650S Sprint is on sale in Sweden. Even better, it’s completely brand new, as shown by an odometer that has 0 miles in it. You’ll need to pay £245,000 ($343,000) to buy it, and there’s the matter of actually transporting it from Sweden to wherever you are in the world, of course. Fortunately, the listing says that “transport can be arranged” for the car, though you are going to need to pay a little extra for that.
McLaren 570GT Gets More Dynamic and Precise with New Sport Pack
Launched in 2016, the McLaren 570GT gave the Super Series lineup a new flavor with a package that’s less track focused and more road trip worthy than the 570S. While most of the styling and the drivetrain are identical to the coupe, the GT gained a side opening cargo hatch above the engine, improved sound insulation, and softer suspension settings. The car was well received by McLaren enthusiasts who wanted a less aggressive sports car, but some requested a more dynamic version of the 570GT. As a result, McLaren introduces the Sport Pack, a bundle of features that makes the GT as sporty and precise as the 570S.
ICYMI: The Next McLaren Ultimate Series, Code Named P15, Will Debut This Saturday!
The next model to join the McLaren Ultimate Series, the McLaren P15, is set to make its debut on December 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm EST. It’s only been a month since it was first teased with nothing more than an image of the tri-exhaust setup and now we’re looking at another teaser along with word of when we will actually get our first look at the next track-focused road-going monster that is said to have sacrificed daily drivability for a more intensive driver experience. How that translates into a road-going car, we’re not sure, but it’s not like most McLaren owners drive their cars on a daily anyway, right? With that said, it will be the most extreme road-legal McLaren to date but is just the third of 15 new models that McLaren plans to unleash by 2022. For those of who haven’t looked at a calendar in a while, that’s just over four years away.
The next model in line is the BP23, which is also shrouded in mystery but will be the world’s first Hyper-GT. Our McLaren P15 article has some spy shots of a new McLaren, but at this point, things are so sketchy that we don’t know if it’s the P15 of the BP23 but either way, we’re not going to be disappointed that’s for sure. The P15 will be produced in limited numbers and will be the second model to take on the central driving position that was originally introduced by the legendary and record-setting McLaren F1. Is it going to be a true successor to the F1? We don’t know, but one this is for sure: It’s sure to be something we won’t soon forget. For now, take a look at both teaser images below, then check out our speculative review of the P15 with the few spy shots that we do have. Let us know what you think in the comments section too – we look forward to hearing from you!
Update 12/8/2017: This short article was updated with proper Eastern time zone format and a new title. Check back with us Saturday evening to get the scoop on the new McLaren Ultimate Series car
McLaren Special Operations Creates Special Paint with Family History
McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division is capable of creating some of the most visually arresting iterations of McLaren models you’ll ever see. Models like the 720 Velocity, 650S Project Kilo, and 720S Zenith Black are all good examples of MSO’s personalization skills. That level of creativity also helps the division create unique colors that have backstories of their own. Recently, MSO decided to tap into the roots Bruce McLaren to create a color that had ties to the life of the company’s founder. And so, the Muriwai White shade was born.
2017 McLaren MSO R Coupe and Spider
If you have money and are into cars, what do you do? You go to McLaren and order up one of the coolest cars on the market, tailored to your exact specification, right? Of course, you do, but what happens when you have a little too much money? Well, you do what McLaren’s latest customer did – you walk into McLaren, head right over to McLaren Special Operations, and commission, not one, but two, McLaren 675LT models with 100-percent complete specification tailored to whatever your little heart desires. After all, who wants just a custom 675LT Coupe when you can have it topless sister the 675LT Spider? What we can admit, is whoever the anonymous customer was, they certainly have some really good taste. The cars take on a beautiful silver color, with each representing a different finish, while they also get some special MSO carbon fiber and some unique pinstriping in all the right places. This twins even feature the same wheels, while the interior of both get a fine combination of red and black.
But, that’s neither here nor there, and the real joy is in the details, so let’s take a closer look at these one-of-a-kind twins commissioned from nothing other than MSO. They are called the MSO R, and it’s time to go say hi.
A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More
This might be the oddest tale of destruction to ever happen to a McLaren. A donkey caused a whopping $40,221 in damage to a McLaren 650S Spider after its owner parked beside the donkey’s enclosure. The German police report theorizes the orange 650S looked like a giant carrot to the donkey, who proceeded to eat part of the carbon fiber body near the bumper, scratching the orange paint in the process. The owner, Markus Zahn, says he returned to his McLaren and got inside before seeing the donkey in his rearview mirror.
Adding insult to injury, Zahn’s insurance company refused to fully cover the repair costs, sending Zahn an invoice for $7,052. Though he owned a $288,000 exotic supercar and likely could have easily paid the bill, Zahn decided to sue the donkey’s owner for the cost. Not surprisingly, the donkey’s owner, who named the barnyard animal Vitus, refused to pay the expense. Now a year later, a German court finally heard the case and ruled in favor of Zahn. That left the donkey’s owner with a repair bill of $7,052.
While it seems petty of Zahn to saddle the arguably innocent donkey’s owner with a bill he could easily pay, the real ass of this situation is the insurance company. Undoubtedly, Zahn pays big money to keep his prized McLaren and his fat bank account safe from harm, but when it came time to actually file a claim, the insurance company didn’t feel it was on the hook for the full repair bill, despite Zahn having full coverage. I’m sure the insurance company would complain if Zahn flippantly decided he didn’t want to pay the full amount of his monthly premiums. Regardless of the $40,221 repair cost, the insurance company should have paid up. That’s what insurance is for. Its double standards corporations often hold that makes the public so distrusting.
What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.
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