McLaren Ultimate Series. Our first ever Hyper-GT. And the fastest car we’ve created to date. The McLaren Speedtail.
The Speedtail is a car that pushes ever further. Keep on accelerating, and the car will reach its staggering top speed of 403km/h (250mph) – higher than any car we’ve ever created. Outstripping even the McLaren F1. It’s the combined result of a stunning aerodynamic design
McLaren has just unveiled the Speedtail, which now holds the title as the fastest McLaren road car to date. The hybrid powertrain puts out over 1,000 BHP, and has a top-speed upwards of 250 MPH. The supercar can go from 0-186 MPH in just 12.8 seconds, and features various drive modes. In “Velocity Mode,” the powertrain is optimized for speed, and shifts the retractable parts for optimized aerodynamics, including the rear-view cameras and active spoilers. When the active-suspension lowers the car, the highest part of the vehicle is 3.7 ft tall. Everything about this vehicle’s sophisticated design is made for high speeds, including the teardrop shape, which McLaren notes the as “nature’s fastest moving shape.” The vehicle’s body uses much carbon fiber, including the aero-covers on the front wheels. The finish of the body is made in “Speedtail Silver,” a nano-metallic paint that with a molten effect.
The futuristic cockpit resembles that of a plane, with a single, centered driver’s seat — similar to the old McLaren F1 road car. The digital dash replaces the analog gauges of the past, adding the rear-camera displays on both sides of the driver. The push-to-start, and gear-select buttons are located above the driver’s head, but one of the most impressive functions is the electrochromic glass windshield, which can be darkened at the push of a button.
Only 106 of the McLaren Speedtails will see production, and will cost £1.75 million pounds, or $2.24 million USD (with current exchange rates). While all 106 of the cars have already been purchased, a third of the owners are located in the states, where the vehicle’s seat configuration do not comply with safety regulations, forcing the buyers to apply for a ‘show or display’ permit.
Design and interior
Measuring 5.2 metres long – longer than the new BMW X7 SUV – the McLaren Speedtail lives up to its name with a dramatic design that’s informed almost entirely by aerodynamics. The passenger compartment (McLaren calls it a ‘cockpit’) is teardrop-shaped, which together with the long carbon-fibre bodywork gives the Speedtail the lowest drag of any McLaren road car.
The interior will use exquisite new materials, which can be further tailored through our bespoke division McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to unprecedented levels of personalisation.
Further inspiration from the F1 is evident in the Speedtail’s distinctive three-seater layout and central driving position. Production will also be limited to just 106 examples, the same number as the F1 – all of which have now been reserved. Production begins in late 2019.
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