McLaren Automotive has donated a bespoke McLaren 570S Spider to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The ultra luxury car was auctioned at the Argento Ball in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 and raised $948,000. The proceeds will go to the Foundation to help with its goal of creating an AIDS-free future for everybody. The ball took place at Elton John’s home, Woodside in Berkshire UK, with Graham Norton as master of ceremonies and a special performance by Ed Sheeran.
The special McLaren 570S Spider, which was hand-spareyed with a special metallic ‘Blade Silver’ paint finish, sports the 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels in a contrasting Stealth finish and the carbon ceramic brake callipers in signature McLaren Orange. Inside, this bespoke 570S Spider features a ‘By McLaren’ Sport interior with Jet Black Nappa leather seats stitched with Carbon Black thread. The engine’s distinctive voice is further enhanced by the optional Sports Exhaust, and in the unlikely event that the winning bidder tires of the engine note, the 10-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will keep them entertained.
Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this two-seater 570S Spider can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and features a top speed of 196mph with the top down. The roof is an electrically-folding hardtop that can be lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 25mph, especially suitable for those sunny west coast days.
The winner of the lot, who is based on the US west coast, also receives a personal tour of the McLaren Technology Centre by Amanda McLaren, the only child of founder Bruce McLaren and a brand ambassador for McLaren Automotive. The winner will have an opportunity to admire the creation of a McLaren from behind the scenes – a money-can’t-buy- experience, as the Technology Centre is not open to the public. After the tour, Amanda will sign the car and wave the winner off around McLaren’s lake in their bespoke McLaren 570S Spider.
Over the last 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has reached millions of people across 26 countries with the HIV information, support and care to save lives and prevent new cases. In addition, the foundation has prevented almost a million babies being born with the HIV virus and helped to leverage nearly $400 million in additional funding from governments and funding partners.
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