Off-Roading in Sports Cars? Why!?
Recently, a video surfaced of a McLaren 720S off-roading on a forest trail. The Dutch-registered 720S worth $285,000 is definitely not an off-road vehicle. So, why would anyone want to drive it off-road? Well, there are quite a few daredevils out there. Bugatti driving in the mud, Lamborghinis in the snow, and now McLarens on gravel trails. But, unfortunately, the McLaren didn’t escape this treacherous journey without sacrifice. By sacrifice, this means risking damage to the vehicle. Unfortunately, there are gigantic ruts in the path, where the 720S doesn’t have clearance.
Background Specs of the 720S
The McLaren 720S off-roading is quite a sight to see. Now, let’s take a look at what positive and negatives may come from the vehicle specifically. Firstly, there is a 710 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Throttling this motor properly may prove difficult in these conditions. Secondly, carbon ceramic brakes are definitely not made for off-road use, rendering their abilities downward. But, the Carbon Fiber Monocage II is one positive aspect to help this vehicle in this scenario. Furthermore, the Proactive Chassis Control II Adaptive Suspension also attempts to support the vehicle in this time. But, unfortunately, there is no “off-road” setting in a McLaren… thankfully!
Well… That Was A Bad Idea!
Overall, the McLaren 720S off-roading decision was a bad idea. The vehicle didn’t escape unscathed, but this teaches people a lesson worldwide… don’t off-road a McLaren! It obviously didn’t help that it was a cloudy and rainy day. On top of this, ground clearance was a major issue. Maybe with a rally suspension, this car would do a bit better… but why? Although, this may not be as bad as the story in which a McLaren 650S was left in the middle of a PA intersection during a snowstorm. Why in the first place was this person driving it on that day!? In conclusion, let’s keep sports cars on the road, rather than the off-road trails.