02 November, 2018

McLaren Speedtail - A Hyper-GT?

A car like no other. This is how McLaren chose to describe the latest entrant to their ultimate series, the McLaren Speedtail.

Don’t forget, this series already consists of the McLaren P1 and the McLaren Senna. Now, those cars each have something going for them.

So, the McLaren P1 became a member of the Holy Trinity of Hypercars and the McLaren Senna took track performance to new levels just like the legend it’s named after, Ayrton Senna.

McLaren has been keeping us waiting with their latest assault on the top end of the performance market so, was it worth the wait?

McLaren Speedtail Design

The goal of the Speedtail was to give drivers new levels of luxury and performance.

So, what has McLaren brought to the market? Well, it’s a hyper GT car which is something new but it’s the fastest McLaren they have ever made. In addition, it’s a petrol-hybrid too!

A Hyper-GT is exactly what you’re thinking, a grand tourer with performance levels akin to the fastest cars you can think of. 

One of the standout features is the central driver’s seat. Another McLaren that had this arrangement was indeed the McLaren F1, one of the most famous cars of all time.

The central position will give drivers a unique sense of the road and balance with the car.

Being 5m long, McLaren had ample space to direct and exploit airflow, but we’ll get into the specs later because it’s time for performance.

McLaren Speedtail Performance

McLaren are still confirming performance figures and are using the 720S as a mule.

However, here’s what we have so far.

  • Production – 106.
  • Dry Weight – 1,430kg
  • Top speed – 243mph+
  • Engine – Rumoured to be a 4L Twin-Turbo V8.
  • Power - 1,050 PS (1,035 horsepower).
  • 0-128 - 12.8 seconds.
  • Price - £1.75-million +

More details will come in spring 2019 but it seems that drivers will be entering 2020 with a car that can rival the Chiron.

McLaren Speedtail Specs

It was mentioned earlier that McLaren had 5 metres to create as much aerodynamic performance as they can, here are some of the gadgets and features which adorn the car.

One notable design are features are its long tail which is laden with aerodynamic performance and luggage space for the 3 passengers it can hold.

If you’ve seen the front wheels, you’ll notice that there are discs covering them. This has not been seen since the 2009 F1 season. Called ‘wheelspats’, they stay still as the wheel rotates but they reduce turbulence. 

There are no door mirrors but the Speedtail circumvents this with the use of cameras which are inside the side panels. They come out to give the driver a view of what’s around them from a screen on the dashboard.

Final Words

The McLaren Speedtail is already looking like a car that will take time to beat. It’s not a track-car but a potential class-leader for sure.

Their ambitious Track 25 plan will see McLaren produce 18 new cars, as part of a £1.2bn expansion plan, until 2025.

One of the new vehicles you can expect is a replacement for the McLaren P1. Currently known as the P23, the Ultimate Series will get even bigger. 

If the Speedtail is anything to go by then McLaren will be one car maker to watch in the coming years. With no track variant or convertible version expected to be made, this car will be one of the most exclusive McLarens ever made.

The goal of the car was to give drivers a new sense of luxury and performance and the Speedtail seems to have knocked both of those out the park.

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McLaren Speedtail - A New Era
McLaren Speedtail - A New Era
McLaren Speedtail - A New Era
McLaren Speedtail - A New Era
McLaren Speedtail - A New Era