McLaren Automotive reveals the McLaren Speedtail, the first ‘Hyper-GT’ that achieves the highest maximum speed of any McLaren to date, reaching 403 km/h. Only 106 models will be created and all of them are already reserved, at a price of from £1.75 million plus taxes.
The teardrop-shaped cockpit and aerodynamically optimized body of the McLaren Speedtail help to achieve the exceptional aerodynamic drag efficiency, with innovative features such as carbon fibre front-wheel static aero covers, retractable digital rear-view cameras (in lieu of mirrors) and patented active rear ailerons furthering contributing to the ultra-low drag achieved.
The Speedtail model is built around a bespoke McLaren Monocage carbon fibre structure and benefits from lightweight engineering throughout, including an all-carbon fibre body, aluminium active suspension and carbon ceramic brakes. The powertrain is a pioneering petrol-electric hybrid developing a combined 1,050PS to support the extraordinary performance.
A speed of 403km/h (250mph) is reached in a unique Velocity mode, which has been developed specifically for the Speedtail. Velocity mode optimises the hybrid powertrain for high-speed running, while also tailoring the angle of the active rear ailerons. The digital rear-view cameras can be retracted to further boost drag. The Velocity Active Chassis Control can lower the car by 35mm, leaving the highest point of the vehicle just 1,120mm from the road surface.
The world’s first Hyper-GT can achieve 0-300km/h (0-186mph) in just 12.8 seconds; McLaren Automotive’s previous Ultimate Series hybrid, the McLaren P1, could reach this speed in 16.5 seconds. A bespoke P-ZERO tyre has been developed with McLaren technology partner, Pirelli.
The cockpit is as luxurious as it’s comfortable. The driver is positioned centrally, with seating for two additional passengers set slightly rearwards. There is luggage space within both the nose and tail of the vehicle and a bespoke luggage set is available to every owner, the carbon fibre, leather and metalwork on the cases being matched to the interior specification of their Speedtail.
Speedtail depositors were able to preview a design model of the car at a recent private preview event held in London. Painted in Speedtail Silver, a Nano-metallic, ‘molten-effect’ paint developed by McLaren specifically for this car, the model displays both aniline leather – a leather dyed with soluble dyes to retain the hide’s natural surface – and a new lightweight leather. The cockpit provides enticing glimpses of the astonishing level of personalisation opportunities available; with each Speedtail being tailored to the owner’s individual tastes by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the division of McLaren Automotive responsible for bespoke customer commissions, it is virtually certain that no two examples will be identical.
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