McLaren Automotive will be displaying three of their spectacular cars to showcase the more extreme side of their product range at next week’s Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace.
The highlight will undoubtedly be the stunning new McLaren Elva, resplendent in the Elva M1A Theme by MSO that celebrates the brand’s rich heritage while looking to the future. The design and shape of the car has been inspired by the original McLaren-Elva M1A sports racing car and is built in ultra-light carbon fibre. The retro look is completed by a Magnesium Silver racing stripe that sweeps along the sills, runs around the front splitter and comes up over the bonnet, accompanied by an Accent Red pinstripe and Bruce McLaren’s number 4 racing roundel. The seats and steering wheel are finished in Malibu Red Nubuck, with matching stitching and Tonal micro-piping.
Don’t let its retro look fool you though, as the McLaren Elva is without a doubt a cutting-edge hypercar. It is powered by a 815PS twin turbo V8 engine and given that this is the lightest McLaren Automotive car ever made, with no roof or windows and a revolutionary Active Air Management System (AAMS) that creates a virtual windscreen, makes this an extreme two-seater car that will heighten the driver’s every sensory input for the ultimate driving experience on both the road and track.
Alongside the Elva, McLaren will also be showing off their Longtail 765LT painted in a rather striking Nardo Orange. The 765LT is the lightest Super Series McLaren and is more powerful and aerodynamic than the 720S, with its dynamic performance being aimed for the racetrack and designed for pure driver engagement and pleasure.
The third car McLaren will be showcasing next week is the McLaren 620R, a road legal realisation of the hugely successful 570S GT4 race car. Just like its race and championship winning cousin, the 620R is capable of putting in some astonishing quick lap times and is able to run Pirelli slick tyres without making any adjustments. But unlike the 570S GT4, the 620R can be driven to and from the track, which is very handy.
The 620R that will be on display at the show is finished in Mantis Green and features the recently-announced MSO R Pack that includes the dramatic and fully-functional Roof Scoop as well as Visual Carbon Fibre design upgrades and an impressive Titanium SuperSports Exhaust.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of McLaren