The Science Behind the Legendary McLaren F1 Will Blow Your Mind
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.
This Video Will (Probably) Teach You Everything You Need To Know About The McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
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.
Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That’s Identical to His McLaren Senna
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.
The McLaren 570S Needs 2.3 Miles to Surpass Its Top Speed
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.
It Took an Electric Car to Silence The McLaren 720S
The McLaren 720S has been instilling fear into every out-and-out supercar, muscle car, and sports car you can think of. It has more drag race wins under its belt than we can count and it’s arguably one of the most quick-accelerating cars on sale today. But it is no match for the audacious Volkswagen ID.R.
It’s Time For The Shelby GT500 to Prove Itself Against the McLaren 720S
If you’re a regular TopSpeed reader, then you’re no stranger to what the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 can do in a straight-line race. We’ve covered a lot of situations where the muscle car destroyed its peers in a drag race or it bravely held its ground in front of the likes of Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, even on a twisty track.
This time, though, the GT500 found its match in the McLaren 720S. Not only that, but the GT500 you’re about to see getting a beating (repeatedly) from the Macca isn’t running on stock gear, as it has been modded to churn out 800 horsepower.
Watch a McLaren Senna Almost Take Flight on an Old Space Shuttle Runway
From the first time it surfaced online to the present day, the McLaren Senna has been the subject of numerous track battles, road trips, and standalone reviews. They’re all well-documented through articles or videos, but there’s never been an instance where the supercar is let to stretch its legs freely and make the most out of its V-8. Or should we say… spread its wings and take off?
Someone took a Senna for a standing mile top speed test at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds runway to see if the McLaren-declared top speed of 208 mph is indeed attainable in real life.
Can the Bentley Continental GT V8 beat the McLaren GT in the quarter mile?
Drag races these days can involve cars that sport different personalities and purposes. These days, you can expect a BMW 7 Series to do battle against the humble Dacia Logan MCV just to see how they fare in the quarter-mile run, or you can have your family EV going against all-out supercars... and win by a landslide.
But do you know what? Not many people drag race luxury cars. We, for one, would like to see how the S-Class compares to the Audi A8 in a straight line, or let’s say, how the Bentley Continental GT stacks up against the McLaren GT. Wait, what? It’s been done?
On a Circuit, the McLaren Speedtail Is Like the 720S... Minus 10, 15 Percent
After the likes of P1 and Senna, the Speedtail is the third member of McLaren’s Ultimate Series. It comes wrapped as a hybrid hyper grand tourer and it recently proved its mettle in a straight line, where it hit 403 km/h (250 mph) more than 30 times during pre-production testing.
Now, McLaren was initially very coy on specific details regarding the Speedtail. However, we now know that the Speedtail mixes a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor or “parallel hybrid system” as McLaren calls it. What we also know is that it has front wheel spats and that Chris Harris would rather have the Speedtail than the Senna.
This Ceramic Pro Ad Featuing a McLaren 720S Off-Roading is Better Than the Last 3 Fast and Furious Movies Combined
The video itself is about as clickbaity as it can get. If the title “OFF ROADING MY MCLAREN 720S... i regret destroying my car” doesn’t clue you in, perhaps the thumbnail hinting at a destroyed engine will. To be honest, the title definitely got us, and we sure did watch it. After all, who doesn’t want to see some overly wealthy ass off-road a car with 4.2-inches of ground clearance? It’s not something most of us would do, and that’s the beauty of it. However, as it turned out, this video is intended to be an advertisement for Ceramic Pro, an exterior coating that protects automotive paint.
The video was uploaded by Alex Choi, and we’re not sure if it’s actually an official ad or not. If it’s not, then I have a feeling someone just muscled themselves into an advertising job. Back to the point at hand, the near-7-minute video is downright awesome, featuring a number of stunts, amazing camera angles, and some pretty hardcore dirt-track racing with the aforementioned McLaren 720S.
As much as I like the Fast and Furious franchise, I have to admit that this long advertisement is certainly better than that last trailer for Fast and Furious 9, and to be honest, the action scenes might be better than the last three movies combined. That said, go ahead and check out what could end up being the coolest automotive advertisement of 2020 below.
The McLaren Senna Is the New King of the World’s Greatest Drag Race
You must be familiar with MotorTrend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race title by now. It has reached its ninth interpretation and it’s safe to say that we’re looking at the craziest, most extreme iteration of the drag race.
Part of that is because the McLaren Senna is involved in it. Sure, none of the other cars can be called a slouch, but McLaren’s work on the Senna is paying off big time, especially if we are to consider that after launching the not-so-perfect MP4-12C, the Brits have been resilient in improving their sports cars.
A McLaren P1 and Senna Pull Up to the Drag Strip and the Results Are Surprising
If you had a choice between two McLarens to go toe-to-toe in a drag race, the obvious candidates are clear. The McLaren P1 and the McLaren Senna are two of the most powerful cars in the British automaker’s portfolio and the question on which of the two is faster on a drag strip has been asked by a lot of people.
McLaren hasn’t given the people what they want, but that’s all moot now. Here’s a video of the two McLarens finally coming together for a nice ol’ drag race, and the results are pretty surprising, to say the least.
Watch a McLaren Speedtail Take on an F-35 Fighter Jet in New Top Gear Trailer
Apart from all those drool-worthy cars of all shapes and sizes, 2020 will also bring us a new series of Top Gear. Which means, hopefully, that Chris Harris and the gang will be back with even more wit on BBC Two.
Until that happens, we’re fed a one-minute trailer that offers a sneak peek at what’s in store for Top Gear Series 28. In short: expect more drifts, more crazy stunts, and… drumroll… a McLaren Speedtail racing an F-35 fighter jet.
Watch the Alfa Romeo 4C Take a Beating from a Ferrari Pista and McLaren 600LT
Over the past two decades or so, the terms sports car and supercar have changed their meaning. What was considered a supercar 20 years ago, is today only worthy of the sports car tag and we ‘blame’ mankind’s incessant need to go faster and faster for it.
In other words, as technology evolved and improved over time, carmakers were able to build lighter cars, better engines, and more aerodynamic body kits. That’s how we got a whole new breed of go-fast demons: the hypercar (thanks, Bugatti!). But just how big of a difference is there between a modern-day sports car and a supercar? Well, this question has found its answer as an Alfa Romeo 4C went against the likes of Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 600LT.
Shmee150 Delivers Update on the State of His Beloved McLaren Senna
Two months after figuring into a road mishap that resulted in significant damages to his McLaren Senna, YouTube star Shmee150 has returned to give us an update on the state of his beloved supercar. Turns out, the Senna remains in the hands of McLaren where it’s still in the middle of getting repaired.
Specific parts that were damaged from the road accident have just arrived in the McLaren workshop so it will still take a few months before the Senna is restored, good as new, and returned to its anxious winner. The video isn’t just about Shmee150. It also gives us a good look at the inner workings of McLaren’s car repair process and the painstaking lengths and attention-to-detail that comes with making sure that every square inch of the Senna is investigated, prodded over, and repaired if the situation calls of it. At some point in the next few months, Shmee150 will be reunited with his McLaren Senna. But for now, it remains in the hands of McLaren, waiting for the automaker to bring it back to life.
Video: How Fast Can the McLaren Senna Really Go?
The McLaren Senna represents the pinnacle of McLaren engineering. It’s the result of the British automaker’s goal to build a more potent machine than the P1 hypercar without having to rely on the latter’s hybrid technology. McLaren achieved that goal when it turned it into a ground-breaking, lightweight supercar that defied even our highest of expectations. But as impressive as it was from a technical standpoint, the Senna still had to prove that its performance chops are as good as advertised. That opportunity finally came when the Senna did a top speed run at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Merritt Island, Florida. The results, as you might expect, came with a few surprises.
The World’s Fastest McLaren 720S Just Ran the Quarter-Mile in Less Than 9 Seconds
The McLaren 720S was never intended as a dragster, but that doesn’t mean this supercar masterpiece is anything less than amazing on the 1320. In stock form, it’ll dip into the 9’s - or you could just throw a few basic mods at it and shave that ET down to an 8! And that’s exactly what the owner of this particular 720S did, posting a time of 8.993 at 159.55 mph.
A New McLaren GT Could Spearhead a New Model Line Next to the Super and Sport Series
McLaren has no plans to enter the SUV segment, but that doesn’t mean its content on sticking to its current segments. The British automaker has unveiled a plan to cross over to the grand tourer segment with a new, bespoke model that, according to CEO Mike Flewitt, “combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing ability.” Details of the yet-to-be-unveiled model have been left open to speculation, but the model is expected to sit outside any of McLaren’s current series lineups. McLaren did show a teaser image of a heavily camouflaged model with a #NEWRULES banner on the side and a series of random numbers spread throughout the swirly camouflage. If this is the proposed grand tourer, you can be sure that the buildup surrounding its development will be heavily scrutinized, if it isn’t there already.
Video Review Compilation: 2019 McLaren 600LT
McLaren launched its smallest hardcore “Long Tail” model, the 600LT, available as both a fixed hardtop and folding hardtop, late last year, and now the first reviews are starting to trickle in. The 600LT is a cheaper entry point into the McLaren range for those who enjoy taking their supercar to the track and would like to do so often. But, what do journalists think of it now that they’ve had a chance to get up close and personal with it? Find out for yourself in our video compilation below.