In modern times, picking up food at a drive-thru is a typical part of life. Regardless of whether it is healthy or not, everyone does it. But, usually, sports cars are rarely seen doing so. How about a McLaren P1 GTR? Yes, a McLaren P1 GTR recently took a drive into the McDonald’s drive-thru! That’d be one heck of a surprise for anyone working there. Hopefully, someone had an interest in cars and knew what it is. Sometimes, any car will do. Just as Roman Pearce said, “we hungry”.
McLaren P1 GTR Specs
McLaren P1 GTR – Front Corner – TheTFJJ on YouTube – EuroDrift
The McLaren P1 GTR sports a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. This motor produces a whopping 986 horsepower. From 0 to 60 mph, the GTR takes slightly under 2.8 seconds with right conditions. The top speed has a limit of 217 mph by the manufacturer. Furthermore, this car’s value is conservatively around $5 million USD. The GTR is a celebration of McLaren’s 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. Regardless, this car is an amazing feat of engineering.
Cruising in Style… with Food!
$5 MILLION McLaren P1 GTR McDonald’s DRIVE THRU, DONUTS, and DRIFTING!! – TheTFJJ – YouTube
The McLaren P1 GTR speaks for itself. It is an amazing supercar that is built to win. But, sometimes people just want to cruise and grub. Cruising in GTR style with some McDonald’s doesn’t sound too terrible. Just be sure to not spill the dip for the nuggets… that might be a disaster. Otherwise, who wouldn’t hop in for the ride? Overall, the P1 GTR is definitely a vehicle that can handle the drive-thru. But, don’t worry, this video includes donuts and drifting as well!
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!
Mclaren 720s offroad dirtroad better than range rover – Kênh Tin Tức Nhà và Xe – YouTube
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.
McLaren M7A – Denny Hulme at 1968 USGP at Watkins Glen – Side – Rtsanderson on Wikipedia – EuroDrift
From 1968 to 1971, the McLaren M7A represented the company in F1 racing. Unfortunately, this car didn’t impress during the first two seasons, with only 6 points of a possible 180. Overall, the best placement during that time was 4th place. But, this car, being driven by Bruce McLaren, would win the company’s 1st F1 victory. In 1963, Bruce McLaren founded his Motor Racing company. Beforehand, Bruce was the factory driver for the Cooper motor racing team. This sound similar to the story of Enzo Ferrari beginning at Alfa Romeo, then venturing alone. Then, finally, in 1968, Bruce McLaren won the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. This truly shows with commitment and dedication, anything is possible!
McLaren M7A Specifications
McLaren M7A – Bruce McLaren at Nürburgring – Side – Lothar Spurzem on Wikipedia – EuroDrift
The McLaren M7A begins with a mid-engine Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V8. This motor works in combo with a Hewland DG30 5-speed manual transmission. Backing up this motor are Goodyear tires and Shell fuel, two companies that are still around today. This open-wheel, single-seater race car weighs only 1,140 lbs. This is almost half a ton! Unfortunately, it did sustain damage at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix, but was repaired to race again. Furthermore, the M7B, M7C, and M7D have a basis in this vehicle, with their own modifications. McLaren began the journey here, and continues today.
McLaren Celebrates 50 Year Victory
FORMULA 1™ McLAREN M7A 1968 – Auto reviews – YouTube
In 2018, McLaren celebrated 50 years since the 1st F1 victory with the McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection. But, initially, M7A’s F1 racing debut from 1968 to 1971 included 22 races and 4 wins. Now, this car is a respectable start to what is now an amazing sports car company. Through the years, McLaren has come a long way, and Bruce would most likely be proud. Today’s McLaren sports cars are absolutely stunning masterpieces available on the market. Who doesn’t want to own a McLaren? Well… maybe some people. But, most do! In conclusion, the McLaren M7A was the true start of McLaren’s successful F1 racing history.
Note: The featured image for the article is by Chris Eaton on Wikipedia.
In honor of McLaren’s 1st F1 victory, the 720S Spa 68 Collection was born. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) was commissioned by a Brussels dealership to build 3 models for sale. The McLaren 720S Spa 68 is a stunning car in MSO Bespoke Anniversary Orange paint. The rear wheel arch has a silver tracing of Spa-Francorchamps, where the victory took place. Bruce McLaren, the founder, won his fourth F1 victory at this event. But, it was the first ever victory under the McLaren manufacturer name. Furthermore, the car has text written on it stating “1st McLaren F1 Victory Belgium Grand Prix 9th June 1968 – Bruce McLaren”. Obviously, this is a straightforward statement of the reason for the model.
The McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection commemorates one of McLaren’s largest milestones in it’s racing career. But, Bruce McLaren was obviously not driving a 720S in 1968. He was behind the wheel of a McLaren M7A, a historic vehicle for the company. This car had the signature papaya orange livery, that MSO mimics today. On the current Spa 68 model, there are satin black split five-spoke wheels. Obviously, high-quality tires meant for track fit these wheels. Finally, the interior is a mix of black Alcantara with orange stitching. McLaren sure does know how to make cars unique!
Driving the terrifying 1968 Spa circuit with a McLaren legend – McLaren Automotive – EuroDrift
MSO has another hit with the McLaren 720S Spa 68 Collection. This vehicle pays tribute to Bruce McLaren’s tremendous M7A victory at F1 Spa-Francorchamps. With only 3 models for sale, 2 have already been sold by the dealership. So, if there is enough cash in the bank, now may be the time to contact them for a settlement. Unless, it is already too late – which it may be. Overall, the Spa 68 is an awesome vehicle that’ll be another collectible piece for any McLaren fan.
McLaren Speedtail – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Recently, McLaren introduced its newest Ultimate Series Hyper GT model, the Speedtail. The McLaren Speedtail is quite an impressive car. With inspiration from the McLaren F1, this car has quite a few comparable features. It also has some features that shun previous records from the F1. Obviously, the F1 is a legendary car and will forever be remembered for being so. But, the Speedtail is the next generation of the F1. It truly is the best and fastest McLaren to date!
McLaren Speedtail – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
McLaren Speedtail – Top – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The McLaren Speedtail boasts a petrol-electric powertrain with 1,036 horsepower. This new Ultimate Series Hyper GT’s basis on the F1 led to a higher goal. At only 3,152.6 lbs., this car can reach 186 mph in only 12.8 seconds! Yes, you heard that right! Furthermore, this car can reach a top speed of 250 mph! This makes this car the fastest McLaren to date on acceleration and top speed. Lastly, on top of the power specs, this car has perfect symmetry, following the F1.
FIRST LOOK: McLaren Speedtail | Top Gear – YouTube
Starting off with the McLaren F1 inspired interior, the McLaren Speedtail has a 3-seat config with a center driver position. This allows for quite the control and view in this car. On top of this, McLaren intends to make 106 unique cars, using different colors, materials, and textures. Not surprisingly, the materials are inspired by the non-auto world of high fashion. Basically, this includes highly luxurious clothing, Yacht materials, and furniture materials. Obviously, this will push McLaren into a field that will set records for being first. The goal was to provide materials not typically used in automobiles. Before this article ends, it should be mentioned that this car does remind somewhat of the Jaguar XJ220… just saying. Overall, the McLaren Speedtail is a record-breaking company car that is taking the manufacturer to the next level.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Side in Motion – AngMoKio on Wikipedia – EuroDrift
From 2003 to 2010, Mercedes-Benz sold the utterly stunning Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This 2-door grand tourer sports car was limited to only 2,157 total units over 7 years. The SLR McLaren was a joint project between McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz. Now, McLaren has its own amazing supercars, ranging from the 720S to the Senna GTR. The assembly for the SLR Mclaren was at the Woking, Surrey, England location. With a front mid-engine RWD system, this car fits the meaning of an adrenaline rush. Now, let’s jump right into the performance numbers!
5.4-Liter Supercharged M155 SLR V8
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Engine on Display – BrokenSphere on Wikipedia – EuroDrift
Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren sports a 5.4-liter supercharged M155 SLR V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 617 horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 5-speed auto transmission, this car can hit 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds. In magazine review testing, 3.3 seconds was achieved at one point. Depending on conditions, specifically temperature, this car may perform even better (i.e. colder weather). On the quarter mile, the SLR McLaren reaches 130 mph at 11.25 seconds. Being from a previous era, this car can still compete with modern sports cars.
Tip of the Hat to the SLR McLaren
McLaren SLR Review | Top Gear | BBC – YouTube
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is now a rare, unique sports car. It is only respectful to tip a hat to this amazing vehicle. Now a collector’s car, these cars are still available on the market. But, having a deep pocket is necessary, as the lowest usually go for over $200,000. Furthermore, the newer ones run into the $300,000 range.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – Interior – Axel Schwenke on Wikipedia – EuroDrift
Cars like this do not depreciate over time, but actually grow in value. It is similar to buying art, somewhat a gamble, but with a car like this, it usually pays off. Depending how long the car is kept, the price shall increase or grow steady. Overall, the SLR McLaren is a beautiful display of a joint project by Benz and McLaren. Some people may not like it, but it is one hell of a sports car.
Have you ever dreamed of getting into racing? Consider the McLaren 720S GT3, built for ease of service and reliability. At $565,000, McLaren hopes to make the GT3 a first-class, affordable race car.
McLaren 720S GT3 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Earlier this year, McLaren began track testing their first GT race car. It should be ready for the race track in time for the 2019 season.
“It was an incredibly exciting moment for us to see our new 720S GT3 begin the intensive track-based phase of a development program that we are confident will provide our customers with a first-class GT race car,” said Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO.
Like the 720S, the GT3 gets its aerodynamic design from the carbon-fiber MonoCage II monocoque. The integrated chassis works like an eggshell in that it spreads the load throughout the outer skin of the vehicle.
“Developing a race car is about optimizing every component and the lightweight MonoCage II carbon-fiber chassis is the perfect base for this,” said Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive.
McLaren pairs the GT3’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a six-speed sequential gearbox. Handling on the track is smooth due to the racing-spec traction control and ABS systems.
Here’s Why the McLaren 720S Is Worth $300,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube
Safety for the driver was of primary importance. Each GT3 comes with a six-point harness and FIA approved roll cage. The cars also sport carbon-Kevlar racing seats.
Despite the fact that the GT3 and the 720S have very few common components, the inspiration is evident in the overall look and design of the car.
“The McLaren 720S is such a multi-talented road car that we always knew honing its pure racing talents and making a GT3 car out of it would be an entirely natural process – and so it has been. While largely a bespoke machine, the GT3 car is still a McLaren 720S at its core.” – Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive.
McLaren, previously known for the F1 GTR and P1 GTR, is currently working on a concept dubbed the Senna GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be the third ultimate series model, completing a trio. Obviously, the first vehicle of the series is the McLaren F1 GTR. Secondly, there is the McLaren P1 GTR. Now, there will be the McLaren Senna GTR. The Senna GTR will provide the “purest connection between car and driver” according to the McLaren website. Supposedly, it will also be the “most track focused McLaren yet.”
Now, it is only right to discuss the McLaren Senna GTR Concept predecessors. Firstly, there is the McLaren F1 GTR. This vehicle is famous for its victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event. It beat the competition with less power, and no expectation to come out on top. With a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine, this car took the lead. This motor boasts 592 horsepower, which was plenty to win. Overall, the McLaren F1 itself is a legendary car, let alone the more sophisticated GTR version. The McLaren F1 GTR was the first in the ultimate series lineup.
The next predecessor to the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the McLaren P1 GTR. This vehicle is very recent, being only a few years past production. Yet, it still is one heck of a supercar. The P1 GTR was built to celebrate the F1 GTR victory from 1995. Except, this time, the car boasts 986 horsepower, almost double of the F1 GTR. The power arrives from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Those specs alone show the difference in the power of cars in the last 20 years. This power allows the P1 GTR to reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 217 mph.
Lastly, it is time to go over the focus of this article, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. Under the hood, the Senna GTR sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 814 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This may be less than the P1 GTR, but it will be faster around the track, which is more important. Also, noteworthy, the Senna GTR is slightly more powerful than the street-legal Senna. And yes, the Senna GTR is a track-only car. The Senna GTR made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Finally, the Senna GTR is said to be the quickest McLaren lap time outside of Formula 1.
Expectations High for the Senna GTR
The Fastest Selling McLaren Ever! NEW McLaren Senna GTR – Mr JWW – YouTube
Overall, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is quite a beastly vehicle. Built for the track, this car will be the best McLaren performing vehicle to date. And, truth be told, it is just the beginning. McLaren will be continually working to battle competitors in the supercar realm. First, there was the F1 GTR, then the P1 GTR. Now, it will be the Senna GTR. From there, who knows what is next… well, maybe the CEO and design team at McLaren. Otherwise, nobody knows. In conclusion, the Senna GTR is an amazing car that will stun people for years to come.
In recent years, supercar brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini have decided to venture into the SUV market. This has been a surprise for many, unlike when Bentley or Rolls-Royce jumped ship. Regardless, even Aston Martin and Lotus are planning SUV models for the market. But, one major supercar company is saying no. McLaren intends to avoid the SUV market, unlike the competition. So, there will be no McLaren SUV arriving in the future. Honestly, avoiding the SUV market is a reasonable option, especially with the pure competition going on between the other companies now.
CEO Mike Flewitt’s Interview with Automotive News
Representation of Interview In Progress – Broadcasting Room – Pixabay – EuroDrift
Recently, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt spoke with Automotive News about this exact topic. From the conversation, a McLaren SUV seems completely off the table.
”I’m not against SUVs… They are just not what McLaren does.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt
This statement makes it clear that McLaren does not vision itself as a SUV company. Within reasonable observance, this statement is true. McLaren succeeds largely at creating vehicles in the supercar realm. Hence, staying within that will allow McLaren to spend more resources on what matters, the newest models to its fleet.
”When we decide to do a product there are three simple tests: It has to be right for the brand and right for the customer base, we’ve got to have the technology to do the best car in class, and we’ve got to make money… An SUV starts to reduce the purity of the brand as a supercar driver’s brand. Secondly, we don’t have the technology. Can you imagine from a standing start if we wanted to go out and do a better car than a Range Rover, or a Cayenne – the billions we’d have to invest? Third, therefore, is we wouldn’t make any money. So, it doesn’t tick any box.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt
Obviously, from these remarks, CEO Mike Flewitt doesn’t see a McLaren SUV as a reasonable investment. Firstly, the car is not right for their brand or clientele. Secondly, McLaren feels it will degrade their supercar basis. Thirdly, McLaren doesn’t have or want the technology needed to build a SUV from scratch. Avoiding billions in investment isn’t a bad thing, as this will allow McLaren to invest otherwise. Regardless, there will be plenty of other supercar or ultra-luxury SUVs to choose from.
Unlike never owning a McLaren SUV, it will be possible to own a McLaren EV in the future. Not surprisingly, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt is for EVs. But, McLaren will need a lot of preparation work in the battery creation realm.
”A McLaren EV has got to be usable… It shouldn’t be that we offer a powertrain solution that compromises. It won’t just be lower emissions, it’ll be a better sports car. We’ve set ourselves half an hour full-on track use. You need to be able to do that without recharge, and when you come in and recharge it needs to recharge in 30 minutes.” – Statement by McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt
McLaren aims to bring an EV to market, but first, it must be reliable on the track. Not only will they offer lower emissions but aim to build a better car. The goal is to allow a driver 30 minutes of track intensive driving before having to charge for 30 minutes. So, downtime may be a bit longer than simply filling a tank, but electrical wise, this is a very high expectation. Building a battery like this will take high investment, research and development, and more. It most likely will not happen, but companies such as Tesla seem to have a hold on this, so maybe reaching out for some co-operative work isn’t a bad idea… or maybe it is?
No to McLaren SUV, Yes to McLaren EV
We Build Sports Cars, Not SUVs: McLaren CEO – Bloomberg – YouTube
Overall, the decision to avoid a McLaren SUV is reasonable, without a doubt. On the other hand, entering the EV market is a must. An EV will allow McLaren to retain full supercar status while offering a modern take on technology. By avoiding an SUV, McLaren saves billions in investment funding as well as headaches. First generation SUVs tend to arrive with problems, such as the Cayenne 10 years ago. Regardless of this decision, plenty of SUV options will be readily available by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Lotus. In conclusion, McLaren’s decision to avoid SUVs wasn’t really a surprise anyway.
Below, a picture of the Lamborghini Urus is shown as a representation of the supercar SUVs currently on market.
Lamborghini Urus – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Recently, McLaren Special Operations released two themes: Pacific & Track. Previously this year, the Atlantic theme had its debut. There is also the Velocity Theme as seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, being the 1st MSO theme for the 720S. The color schemes by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) cater to enthusiasts with a bit more interest in style. The Pacific theme is a mix of blue hues representing an ocean whereas the Track theme is a mix of white and orange. Each of these color sets are special editions which will most likely have a production limit. Either way, both combos are stunning on the awe-inspiring McLaren 720S.
MSO Pacific Theme for the 720S
The McLaren 720S Pacific theme begins with blue hues representing the Pacific Ocean. The exterior begins with Cerulean Blue paint. Next, the accents on the car are a darker hue of Estoril Blue. This can be seen on the door intake region. Furthermore, all of the 720S carbon fiber is a Cobalt Blue tone. This includes carbon on the air intakes, front splitter, mirror casings, rear bumper, rear deck, rear diffuser, and roof. Lastly, blue reaches the interior by displaying on the seats and steering wheel. If the tones of the Pacific ocean are of interest, then this car is perfect.
MSO Track Theme for the 720S
Next, the McLaren 720S Track theme will be the focus. The first Track theme 720S was commissioned by McLaren Manchester. This car begins with an Anniversary White paint job inspired by the 1980s McLaren F1 theme. Next, black and orange accents extend to the doors, rear, hood, and wheels. For the wheels, there are black rims with an orange outer lip. Furthermore, the mirror caps are in a “speedy kiwi” design. Lastly on the exterior, the carbon fiber has a satin finish to save weight. On the interior, black Alcantara upholstery withholds orange contrast stitching. Finally, the lightweight titanium harness bar allows a 6-point harness.
Who Doesn’t Want a McLaren 720S?
Here’s Why the McLaren 720S Is Worth $300,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube
Truthfully, who doesn’t want a McLaren 720S? Well… maybe somebody out there. Either way, the MSO Pacific and Track themes please the eyes. If the Pacific layout is too light, check out the Atlantic theme tones. MSO did a great job with these new color combos. The real question is, what will come next? In conclusion, the McLaren 720S is an amazing sports car and these paints jobs only complement it further.