Car off the week

The Observer Magazine - - Wheels -

There was a pe­riod when I was about six years old when I used to spend a lot of time draw­ing cars. I’d care­fully sketch out the sleek­est, low­est, long­est shape; the wheels wouldn’t be round but would be pitched for­ward; there would be nu­mer­ous fire-spew­ing ex­hausts; and then, as a fi­nal touch, I’d fran­ti­cally rub my crayons across the whole thing to sug­gest a blur of unimag­in­able speed… Now, to my joy­ous amaze­ment, one of those draw­ings has clearly been found by the de­sign­ers at McLaren and they have cre­ated this quite as­ton­ish­ingly beau­ti­ful Speed­tail. I’d say this is as close as a grown-up car will ever get to my fever­ish child­hood fan­tasies. The car in ques­tion won’t hit the streets un­til early 2020 and only 106 will ever be built. Pur­chase will be by in­vi­ta­tion only. The first pro­to­type has been cre­ated and is now un­der­go­ing test­ing. It’s been af­fec­tion­ately chris­tened ‘Al­bert’, in trib­ute to its fa­mous McLaren F1 fore­bear that was de­signed in Al­bert Drive, Wok­ing. Aside from the petrol-elec­tri­cal hy­brid driv­e­train, the most unique as­pect of the car is that it will have only three seats: a cen­tral driver and room for two more be­hind.

McLaren Speed­tail Price £2.1m Top speed 250mph Seats 3 De­liv­er­ies early 2020 Own­ers 106

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