McLaren has officially revealed the Speedtail, a ‘Hyper-GT’ that succeeds the McLaren P1 and which marks the next chapter in the British brand’s Ultimate Series.
As the most powerful and fastest accelerating McLaren to date, the new car is claimed to hit a top speed of 250 mph, which exceeds the 243 mph record peak speed of the famous McLaren F1. A petrol-electric hybrid powertrain is said to deliver 1036 bhp and a 0-186 mph time of 12.8 seconds.
With a teardrop-shaped cockpit and an elongated, aerodynamically optimised, 5.2 metre carbon-fibre body, the Speedtail is also the most aero-drag efficient McLaren road car ever built.
Drag-reducing design details include carbon-fibre front-wheel static aero covers, retractable digital rear-view cameras instead of mirrors, active rear ailerons, and minimised shutlines – the latter exemplified by a one-piece rear clamshell.
Furthermore, with a feature dubbed “Velocity Active Chassis Control”, the car can be lowered by 35 mm, leaving the highest point of the vehicle just 1,120 mm from the road surface.
Managing a dry weight of 430 kg and sitting on a staggered wheel setup (20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear), the Speedtail is built around a bespoke McLaren Monocage carbon-fibre structure that envelops a McLaren F1-inspired central driving position and two additional passenger seats.
Accessed via double-skinned, power-operated dihedral doors, the driver gets a custom-made carbon-fibre seat, while the windscreen curves upwards to become part of the roof, meeting a glazed porthole above the driver’s head and the glazed upper section of the dihedral doors.
Ahead of the driver are a number of HD displays and touchscreens that sweep across the dashboard and remove almost every button and switch traditionally found in a car. The controls for starting the engine, as well as those for opening the windows and doors, are set within panels above the driver’s head.
Separately, the top of the windscreen is also electrochromic glass, forgoing the need for sun visors.
“The McLaren Speedtail is a vehicle unlike any other, not simply because of the astonishing visual drama, extreme speed and aerodynamic excellence that distinguish it, but because it sets unprecedented standards in technical luxury and bespoke customisation,” says company design boss, Rob Melville.
“As our first ‘Hyper-GT’, the Speedtail is the ultimate McLaren road car; a fusion of art and science,” adds McLaren CEO, Mike Flewitt. “A ground-breaking hybrid powertrain sits within a lightweight carbon-fibre body reminiscent of sleek ‘streamliners’ that once set world speed records.”
The limited production Speedtail is the first of 18 new cars or derivatives that McLaren intends to introduce as part of its ‘Track25’ business plan.
Only 106 units will be built, all of which the company claims have been reserved at a starting price of £1.75 million. First deliveries are expected in 2020.