Stay­ing true to the ‘Long­tail’ ethos

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

MCLAREN Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions, the be­spoke di­vi­sion of McLaren Au­to­mo­tive, has an­nounced the cre­ation of the MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT

Strictly lim­ited to 25 units glob­ally – all al­ready sold – and based on the 675LT Spi­der, the Car­bon Se­ries LT has been pro­duced in re­sponse to re­quests from McLaren cus­tomers cap­ti­vated by the vis­ual car­bon fi­bre bod­ied McLaren P1™dis­played re­cently at the In­ter­na­tional Geneva Mo­tor Show.

Stay­ing true to the ‘Long­tail’ ethos, es­tab­lished by the McLaren F1 in the late 1990s, the MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT has been de­vel­oped with a fo­cus on light weight and op­ti­mised aero­dy­namic per­for­mance. Ap­ply­ing gloss car­bon fi­bre to the en­tire body of the car fur­ther ex­tends its ap­peal to bring a bru­tal beauty to the ex­ist­ing 675LT Spi­der body, show­cas­ing the skills of the McLaren be­spoke di­vi­sion.

As with the 675LT Spi­der, the front bumper with larger split­ter and end plates, front un­der body, side skirts, side in­takes, lower side in­takes, rear body­side lower, rear fend­ers, rear deck, rear bumper, dif­fuser and ‘Long­tail’ Air­brake are all car­bon fi­bre but with a gloss fin­ish re­veal­ing the in­her­ent weave of the ma­te­rial. In ad­di­tion, the MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT is fit­ted with a gloss fin­ished car­bon fi­bre elec­tri­cally re­tractable roof and ton­neau, A-pil­lars, bon­net and rear deck, side blades, com­plete front and rear wings, and even fuel filler flap. The McLaren Track Teleme­try pack, which in­cludes three track cam­eras, is fit­ted as stan­dard equip­ment. The front wings also fea­ture GT3-in­spired func­tional lou­vres. In to­tal, the MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT fea­tures around 40 per­cent ad­di­tional car­bon fi­bre parts over the stan­dard car, re­quir­ing sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tional de­vel­op­ment work by the team of MSO crafts­men. It is there­fore not pos­si­ble to retro-fit the gloss car­bon fi­bre body to an al­ready or­dered 675LT Spi­der and the 25 units sup­ple­ment the pre­vi­ously an­nounced 500 edi­tions of the stan­dard car that sold out in weeks af­ter the car’s de­but on De­cem­ber 4, 2015.

The MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT is only the third model to wear the LT badge. The first, the 675LT Coupé, ar­rived last year res­ur­rect­ing the ‘Long­tail’ name af­ter nearly 20 years. The 675LT Coupé fo­cused on light weight, en­hanced aero­dy­nam­ics, in­creased power and track-fo­cused dy­nam­ics, and this lim­ited-run model quickly sold out be­fore the first de­liv­er­ies com­menced. Shar­ing th­ese key char­ac­ter­is­tics, McLaren Au­to­mo­tive added the most fo­cused, fastest and ex­hil­a­rat­ing open top model to ever wear a McLaren badge with the 675LT Spi­der, fur­ther strength­en­ing the ‘LT’ brand.

Un­der the gloss car­bon fi­bre skin of the MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT sits the heav­ily-re­vised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 pow­er­train from its Coupé sib­ling, en­sur­ing per­for­mance fig­ures are wor­thy of the LT badge. The changes to the pow­er­train saw more than 50 per­cent of the com­po­nents re­placed to en­sure op­ti­mised lev­els of power, torque and driv­abil­ity. Top speed is 326 km/h (203 mph).

Pro­duc­tion of the MSO Car­bon Se­ries LT be­gins this au­tumn with first de­liv­er­ies ex­pected be­fore the end of 2016.

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