There are hidden advantages, too – without the need for a traditional limited-slip differential, complexity and weight are minimised. The Speedtail is the successor to the McLaren F1, incorporating that iconic 3-seat layout and similar mind-boggling performance. In pure terms, the Speedtail is often described as a hyper-GT. It comes loaded with creature comforts, but that does not come at the cost of performance (aka speed). The McLaren Speedtail is the carmaker’s most aerodynamic car ever, with a ‘slippery’ design that allows it to slice through the air on its way to a 250 mph max speed.
The MP4 in the original name is the chassis code prefix to all McLaren F1 cars since 1981. The M stands for Mclaren and the P4 for Ron Dennis’s Project 4 that was merged with McLaren when he bought it. The 12 comes from the internal Vehicle Performance Index that McLaren uses to rate performance criteria for its own and competitor’s car. The C stands for Carbon, highlighting its prevalence in the design and construction of the 12C.
- Having been fired by Renault, Prost returned to McLaren once again for 1984. Now using the TAG engines, the team dominated, scoring 12 wins and two-and-a-half times as many constructors’ points as nearest rival Ferrari.
- Dennis formed the McLaren Group, which had a diverse array of technology groups under its banner, and McLaren Cars was founded in 1985.
- Both cars were to be powered by naturally aspirated V8 engines.
While McLaren did give the GT a more spacious cabin and extra cargo room, it eschews the cushy approach of most grand tourers for a more athletic demeanor, a low-slung body, and a focus on performance. The McLaren GT’s 4.0-liter V-8 is a detuned version of the engine found in the now-discontinued 720S but still produces a potent 612 horsepower. In our testing, the GT shot to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and blasted through the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds at 133 mph. While rivals like the Continental GT and Aston Martin DB12 are tuned to be plush cruisers, the GT refuses to give up its McLaren DNA, making it a more compromised take on the traditional grand tourer.
Those separate suits against Palou and ALPA Racing have since been joined into one, according to court documents. The regulation changes made by the FIA for 2023 required teams to rethink how they dealt with several aspects of their floor design, one of which was the edge wing and the ‘ice skate’ solution that they had developed as part of that during 2022. “Even if this generation of cars inherently reduced the outwashing massively compared to the previous generation of cars, teams are all trying to pursue this objective,” he said. “Every little bit you cash in gives you better characteristics, especially in the medium/low-speed corners.” According to the EPA, the 720S is rated for 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined.
But our relentless dedication to innovation touches every element. And built around a lightweight carbon fibre chassis. In fact, it’s hundreds of kilograms lighter than most. Which means it goes and handles like a true McLaren.
This light and strong supercar accelerates from 0-60mph in an incredible 2.8 seconds when provoked. And can cover a quarter of a mile in 10.4 seconds. Designed, engineered read candlestick chart and built to be the best driver’s car in the world. Most recently, the company unveiled its all-new high-performance hybrid supercar, the McLaren Artura.
McLaren Ultimate Series
Make no mistake, this is a hardcore track monster. Using the same ultra-lightweight but ultra-strong carbon fiber composite that the Formula One race cars use, it comes in at under 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs). Using a bespoke 5.2L naturally aspirated V10, it has been tweaked and tuned to the maximum, screaming to over 10,000 RPM and producing a hefty 830 HP. The entire car has also been shaped and refined from the Ultimate Vision concept so that every single surface of the car produces downforce, to the tune of 1,200 kg (2,646 lbs) worth at 130 or more mph.
Ferrari F8 Tributo / Spider
Where you’ll find our latest McLaren Infotainment System. A full length powered and glazed rear tailgate. An electrochromic panoramic roof that can provide five different levels of shade at the touch of a button. And hidden ambient lighting that piercing line candlestick pattern adds stylish detail to the cabin. McLaren fits the GT with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that generates 612 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.
Unfortunately, luxury features such as massaging and ventilated front seats—commonly offered by other picks in this class—aren’t available on this McLaren. The GT offers cargo capacity that’s generous for this class. In the back, there’s a rear luggage bay that offers 15 cubic feet of stowage. There’s also a front trunk offering an additional 5 cubic feet, bringing the total cargo capacity to 20 cubic feet. With a rival such as the DB11, you get only 9 cubic feet of room for your gear.
The 765LT Spider comes with a $14,500 premium over the Coupe, but that will not deter customers who will surely be scrambling to secure one of the 765 available build slots. The McLaren GT fits the mould of a comfortable daily cruiser with a 7.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen enhanced with private jet-inspired graphics. Then there’s a four-speaker sound system (A 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins system is optional). The seats can be optioned with rich leather upholstery, and you even get decent luggage space for a weekend trip. The GT can rapidly drop that guise under a heavy foot on the throttle.
McLaren Race Models
As with previous LT models, weight savings is the key focus for the 765LT, and it loses over 160+lbs compared to the 720S. Aerodynamic enhancements help the supercar deliver 25% more downforce than the 720S. The result is a car that delivers the ultimate thrill without compromise – not for the faint of heart. In typical ‘ LT ‘ fashion, McLaren will make only 765 units of this lightweight supercar.
Further American triumph followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren cars for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976. After Bruce McLaren died in a testing accident in 1970, Teddy Mayer took over and led the team to their first Formula One Constructors’ Championship in 1974, with Emerson hedge fund trading strategies Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the Drivers’ Championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively. 1974 also marked the start of a long-standing sponsorship by the Marlboro cigarette brand. The core of every 720S is its carbon-fiber tub that helps limit weight and ensure rigidity, all while protecting passengers.
That’s still not something that Toyota Gazoo Racing advisor and former Williams F1 driver Kazuki Nakajima could outright shoot down, though. Brian Barnhart, who was newly hired last fall in a team general manager role to dovetail off Ward’s strictly on-track responsibilities, will continue in the role while overseeing Arrow McLaren’s business operations and administration duties. Use motorsport.com without any advertising banners, personalized tracking and commercials for a small fee. From Formula 1 to MotoGP we report straight from the paddock because we love our sport, just like you. In order to keep delivering our expert journalism, our website uses advertising. Still, we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy an ad-free and tracker-free website and to continue using your adblocker.
The rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix was one of best races of the season for the team. Alonso finished fifth, having kept Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes behind him for 46 laps, while Button scored two points with ninth. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Button recorded his best result of the season with a sixth-place after qualifying third in a wet/dry session. At the United States Grand Prix, McLaren matched their Monaco result with 12 points after an attacking race from Alonso saw him claim fifth position while Button once again finished ninth.