Just 106 McLaren Speedtails will be produced.
McLaren Automotive's next step in its push for electrification is its most extreme vehicle yet.
Inside is a mix of the layout of the F1 with a healthy dose of modern McLaren thrown in, with lashings of leather (it's "directional", so you can slide in but then be held in place), with the start and Velocity Mode buttons on the ceiling so you can pretend to be a fighter pilot.
The design is sure to prove controversial, although fans of form following function will be having a field day. The automaker says the Speedtail is its most aerodynamic creation ever, and that this was its "singleminded vision" - not hard to believe, looking at it: "A jaw-dropping elongated body makes it as much a work of art as a masterpiece of technology".
The auto is huge, though, measuring 202.8 inches in length, or about as long as a full-size sedan. It seems like that would actually be better than traditional mirrors, but in the eyes of US regulators, no mirrors mean you don't drive on the road, period. It's a follow-on from the McLaren P1, the previous Ultimate Series McLaren, with the Woking company saying that this is its first "Hyper GT" auto. McLaren told Motor Authority that a third of Speedtail build slots have been bought by buyers in the USA, but they'll have to import the vehicle via "Show or Display" rules if they want to drive it on local roads. As you'd expect, only the finest materials have been used: milled aluminium for the switches, carbon-fibre for the steering wheel, leather and suede everywhere else.
A carbon-fiber monocoque embraces the passenger compartment, and the 16.9-foot-long body is entirely made of the stuff, too. The suspension is mostly aluminum and further weight has been saved by utilizing carbon-ceramic brake rotors instead of steel units.
McLaren says such a feat is attainable due to a slippery surface of the Speedtail aided by covers for the 20-inch front wheels, retractable parking cameras and active aerodynamics that can lower the auto by 35mm. The powertrain is am gasoline-electric hybrid developing a combined 1,035hp to support the extraordinary performance. As the company had previously mentioned, the seat is in the center, as with the old McLaren F1 road vehicle.
USA buyers have a few extra hoops: Our safety regs don't allow the seating layout, nor the retractable high-def digital cameras that replace door mirrors.
The driver is positioned centrally in what McLaren dubs a "luxurious" cockpit, with seating for two additional passengers set slightly rearwards (there's luggage space within both the nose and tail). McLaren has said the Speedtail will employ a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain with 1,000 PS, and the auto is capable of hitting speeds of over 391 km/h.
In terms of performance, this 1,430kg auto has a combined power output of 1050PS from its hybrid powertrain and can hit 250mph, making it the fastest McLaren production vehicle, although this speed is only available in "Velocity" mode, also seeing the digital wing cameras retracting to boost the aerodynamic credentials. When viewed from above, the Speedtail resembles a droplet.