The McLaren Speedtail marks the ar­rival of the brand’s first “Hyper-GT” and it sits atop the port­fo­lio as the ul­ti­mate McLaren road car

Car India - - BULLETIN -

The McLaren Speedtail is the lat­est en­trant in the hy­per­car play­ing field. It com­bines flow­ing lines with max­i­mum aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency, with its teardrop­shaped cock­pit and elon­gated 5.2-me­tre­long car­bon-fi­bre body be­ing the key el­e­ments in mak­ing it the most aero-drag ef­fi­cient McLaren road car.

The de­tails ex­tend to the wing mir­rors which have been re­placed by re­tractable, dig­i­tal rear-view cam­eras that pro­vide a wider field of vi­sion than con­ven­tional mir­rors. Car­bon-fi­bre front-wheel static aero-cov­ers also help with air­flow and cool­ing, while ac­tive rear ailerons fur­ther con­trib­ute to aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency. Tyres are be­spoke P-Zeros devel­oped with McLaren’s tech­nol­ogy part­ner, Pirelli. A new stan­dard of be­spoke cus­tomiza­tion, in­clud­ing in­ter­wo­ven car­bon ti­ta­nium de­po­si­tion ma­te­ri­als and dig­i­tally em­bossed, full-ani­line and light­weight leathers are also in­tro­duced.

In­side, the cabin lay­out has been in­spired by none other than the McLaren F1. That means one front seat with a cen­tral driv­ing po­si­tion and two rear seats, one on either side of the driver. The con­trols are air­craft­style with but­tons and switches over­head. Elec­trochromic glass dark­ens top of the wind­screen at the touch of a but­ton, elim­i­nat­ing the need for sun-vi­sors.

The driv­e­train is more pow­er­ful than any­thing McLaren have ever made: a petrol- elec­tric hy­brid driv­e­line that com­bines the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with elec­tric power for a net 1,050 PS. With the ef­forts aimed at per­fect­ing ev­ery as­pect, the Speedtail prom­ises to leave the F1 in its wake. The unique Ve­loc­ity mode op­ti­mizes the pow­er­train and ac­tive aero­dy­nam­ics to achieve max­i­mum speed and also low­ers the Speedtail by 35 mil­lime­tres. It will blast from stand­still to 300 km/h in 12.8 sec­onds and on to a top speed of 250 mph (403 km/h).

The new McLaren Speedtail, be­ing a car like few oth­ers, will be built in very lim­ited num­bers, only 106, and each ex­am­ple will be priced at £1.75 mil­lion (Rs 16.5 crore, ap­prox). All of them have al­ready been re­served.

( Top) The cen­tral driv­ing po­si­tion is back!

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