We have seen convertibles; hardtops and soft tops. But, the new Mclaren Elva does not even include a roof. There are no windows or windscreens either. So how does this sports car manage to avoid wind blasting in the driver’s face? Do we have to wear goggles like pilots from the past era? Read on to find out.
The Mclaren Elva runs on a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine, rated at 804 horsepower and 800Nm of peak torque. This puts it in between the Senna in terms of power and the Speedtail hybrid. It is also Mclaren’s first open cockpit design car. It is also a track-ready supercar with great aerodynamics. To prevent wind blasts, Mclaren is using something called the Active Air Management System (AAMS). This feature helps in creating a sort of bubble around the cockpit, preventing the driver and occupants from strong winds. The AAMS feature works by deflecting the winds above the heads of the occupants. A carbon fiber deflector rises from the front of the hood at higher speeds to direct the air, which is then deflected by the vanes on the hood.
However, if the pure roadster experience is not something you prefer, an optional windscreen can be ordered. But, side windows are still out of the picture. The Elva is also the lightest production-spec car from the company. This is thanks to the lack of any glass whatsoever which helps in shedding a lot of weight. Hence it boasts a 0-100kmph sprint in under 3 seconds with 0-200kmph coming in at a quick 6.7 seconds.
The Elva gets a lot of design cues from the Mclaren-Elva racecar from the 1960s. However, it also adds in a lot of elements from the modern Mclaren lineup. The nose is similar to the old Elva in how sharp and pointy it looks. Also, the big vent on the hood is a reminiscent feature of the old Elva. The modern touches include the headlights similar to the 720s, a large carbon-fiber splitter, winglets on the side, etc. Mclaren also gives us the option of speccing the Elva with 18-carat white gold or platinum badges that feature a thin-ply technology (TPT) carbon inlay. The rear is also very similar to the 720s with the thin tail lamps and higher placed exhaust pipes.
Coming to the interior, the exterior seamlessly flows into the interior. This is a very unique look unlike anything seen before. Mclaren is calling this “blurred boundaries”. The upper sections of the doors, front hood, and rear buttresses curve inside. The interior layout is also relatively simple with clean lines and minimal discontinuities. Everything looks very clean and organized. We can see a vertical, tablet-style display in the center. This provides access to the car’s infotainment system, which handles all important functions and includes a suite of apps. The center console also features the only two A/C vents. There are also controls to switch the engine on and off, three buttons for the gearbox, and one for the hazard lights. The seats are made of carbon fiber and get the optional six-point harness for track readiness.
The Elva starts at $1.69 million (Rs 12.1 crore) in the US and is limited to just 399 units. The car is also customizable via the MSO but will drive the price much higher.
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