McLaren Speedtail Pumps 1035HP And 250MPH Top End As Rightful Heir To Legendary McLaren F1
30 October, 2018, 11:06
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the McLaren Speedtail will be an incredibly exclusive vehicle. The three-seater McLarenhypercar has been eagerly anticipated for years. Not only does the Speedtail open a new chapter for the Ultimate Series, being the first of 18 new cars or derivatives under the new McLaren Track25 business plan, it holds significance for the brand as a whole! This auto is 5.2m long, half a metre longer than the P1, but it is slimmer.
The bodywork is a masterpiece of making sure as much air as possible stays "attached" as it flows over the auto. Aside from conceding that it is indeed a rear-drive petrol-electric hybrid, Woking is disinclined at this stage to talk about what exactly it has attached to the existing 4.0-litre V8.
Did we say 1,035 hp?
Put this all tougher and the Speedtail will accelerate from a standstill to 186 miles per hour in just 12.8 seconds. It can get from zero-186mph in 12.8 seconds-four seconds faster than the P1. And the engineers are only just getting started. Flexible carbon fibre has allowed McLaren to achieve this.
Certainly there was a tacit admission from those in charge that its quoted V-Max is first and foremost about exceeding the 243mph set by the McLaren F1 rather than chasing an absolute, at-all-costs limit. Once that's done, the highest point of the vehicle is just 3.7 feet - 44 inches - above the roadway.
Although that prodigious powertrain is part of the equation, clever aerodynamics are at the core of this car's performance.
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Noticeably absent are rearview mirrors and sun visors. Unfortunately, this arrangement also puts the vehicle on the wrong side of regulations here in the U.S. Three digital screens form the dash and two additional screens, one at the base of each of the A-pillars, displays the view of the corresponding rear-facing camera. 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. Capable of reaching 250 miles per hour, the £1.75 million model marks a new era for the British automaker.
McLaren says every aspect of the Speedtail was developed with a mission to reduce drag and maximise top speed. This gives the material a shimmering appearance that can have a variety of colors.
If that's not space-age enough for you, McLaren plundered another bright idea straight from NASA itself. They're not really rear seats, but we can only imagine what the thrill ride is going to be like for these passengers. An interesting feature is the central active rear ailerons.
Looking like a Volkswagen XL1 on steroids, the Speedtail's carbon-fibre bodywork is seemingly created to slice through the air with minimal effort. In conjunction with the diffuser, they actively adjust to move the centre of pressure, providing the Speedtail with downforce precisely where it is needed.
The novelty with a surprisingly long stern got the name Speedtail. For auto lovers, that money is entirely well spent however, and will certainly feel it thanks to a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain capable of achieving over 243mph. (Compared to the McLaren P1's 16.5 seconds.) Carbon-ceramic brakes come into play after that. The front splitter, diffuser, and side skirts are all finished in a special "titanium deposition" carbon fiber that is lighter and stronger than that of previous cars. The interior, though, is not shared - not even a little bit. Complications with the airbags and the car's seating configuration mean it's not road legal under current federal standards.
About one-third of the Speedtails are headed for North America, the spokesman said.
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