New McLaren Speedtail Covers Blown Before F1 Successor’s Debut

New McLaren Speedtail Covers Blown Before F1 Successor’s Debut

It uses a variety of different types of carbon fibre to keep this to a minimum, achieving a 1,430 kg dry weight which compares favourably to cars like the Koenisegg Agera RS which weighs 1,435 kg and the 1,995 kg Bugatti Chiron.

First is the seating configuration. The whole auto is slicker than a bar of soap, and everything about it is there to make it the fastest McLaren road vehicle in history - a combination of sophisticated design and astonishing speed. The McLaren and Speedtail badges on the auto are made from 18-carat white gold.

As the most powerful and most aerodynamically drag efficient McLaren, the Speedtail can exceed the 243mph record peak speed of the legendary McLaren F1, a feat made possible by intense collaboration between McLaren's design and engineering teams to deliver a peerless blend of aerodynamic, powertrain and dynamic excellence.

Oh, and those wheel caps mounted at the front, described as carbon fiber front-wheel static aero covers, remain fixed in position as the wheels rotate, with their flat surface smoothing airflow around what would otherwise be a turbulent aerodynamic area.

The Speedtail is powered by a "pioneering" but as yet unspecified petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that produces 772kW, allowing a claimed top speed of 403km/h and a 0-300km/h acceleration time of just 12.8 seconds. The most noticeable feature being the absence of cumbersome door mirrors. For reference, the P1 could hit the same 300kph benchmark in 16.5 seconds.

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McLaren is particularly keen to highlight the active ailerons attached to the trailing edge of the car's rear-end.

The rear features a one piece carbon fibre clamshell. Typically, the revolution of a wheel drives air away from the vehicle, but the static wheel covers keep the air attached to the auto and guides it rearward along the flanks. It quickly became a dream vehicle for fresh-out-of-high-school American entrepreneurs riding the dotcom revolution with millions of dollars to burn and no long-term investment plans. It can be anodised too, meaning you can have any colour - or even images or symbols (the McLaren logo on the rear of the driver's seat is rendered in this way). To make room for all the screens and to accommodate the centre seat, most of the conventional controls - including the Active Dynamics - have migrated to a panel over the driver's head. A special leather finish makes it easy to slide into the seat. The body is carbon fiber, the suspension is aluminum and the brakes are carbon ceramic. That said, a third of the run was sold to American customers, meaning those that bring the auto here will need to apply for a show and display exemption.

Being a McLaren, there's space for luggage fore and aft, though unusual to think of a 250-mph vehicle hauling suitcases.

Just 106 will be built, each wearing a healthy $3.2 million price tag. The number is significant: that's how many F1s were sold.

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