McLaren reveals $2.25 million three-seat hybrid supercar

30 October, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Leah Owens
  • 2019 McLaren Speedtail images leak

Just 106 McLaren Speedtails will be produced.

Just 106 examples of the Speedtail are going into production, and all have already been sold. McLaren told Motor Authority that a third of Speedtail build slots have been bought by buyers in the us, but they'll have to import the auto via "Show or Display" rules if they want to drive it on local roads.

The Speedtail is the newest model in McLaren's exclusive Ultimate Series-the company also produces the "entry-level" Sports and core-range Super Series-and is the first of 18 new nameplates or derivatives to be announced under Track 25, the business plan created to take the company through 2025.

It's also the latest move by the Woking, England-based company to enhance its stature in the luxury and lifestyle market. The automaker says that it is the most aerodynamic road auto it has ever built.

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Buyers are in for a treat. In fact, the Speedtail features an all-carbon fibre body, aluminium active suspension and carbon ceramic brakes. It's more powerful than the Senna and its F1 forebear, with a hybrid-electric powertrain that can reach 1,035bhp and a top speed of 250mph. That's nearly 4 seconds quicker than a P1 (16.5 seconds). Subsequently, the racing auto engineer, and McLaren's former owner, engaged vehicle designer Peter Stevens to conceive the F1. "These days, we prefer to let our customers set the records", affirms the company. McLaren says the Speedtail weighs only 3,153 pounds (1,430 kilos) dry. All of these factors work together to make the Speedtail the most aerodynamic vehicle McLaren has ever produced.

The driver-focused cockpit gets a large center-mounted screen flanked by two equally big touchscreens, while further away we see two more LCD panels that will display images from the cameras that replace the conventional mirrors. Its monocage body is crafted from lightweight carbon fiber and designed with aerodynamic optimization in mind. So, the Speedtail is narrower than the P1, but over 500mm longer.

Despite the car's outrageous performance, Mclaren claims it's not designed for ultimate lap times. Some required controls like engine start button and power-operated doors are placed above the drive on the ceiling of the cabin. The long rear deck and "teardrop" cockpit canopy help streamline the airflow over the vehicle, and the two rear ailerons are embedded into the clamshells and forged out of flexible carbon fibre to reduce the drag and turbulence caused by bodywork shutlines. All of 126 units of McLaren Speedtail has been spoken for, and offers full customization to ensure that no two Speedtail looks similar.

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