The McLaren Speedtail, the successor to the legendary McLaren F1 is long and low, lean and sleek. The car is designed in such a manner to gain a top speed of 250 mph and attain an accleration from 0 mph to 186 mph in just 12.8 seconds, making it the quickest accleration McLaren. Moreover its streamline shape helps in reducing drag for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. The McLaren Speedtail will get bespoke tyres which is being jointly developed by Pirelli and McLaren. The body panels of the McLaren Speedtail are made of carbon fibre. The car gets a number of vents for direct airflow, a lengthy rear diffuser, fixed front wheel covers, retractable rear view cameras and flat underfloor.
Andy Palmer, McLaren’s Ultimate Series vehicle line chief, said the car’s design as a hyper-GT meant the firm has no interest in chasing the record.“This is the first car that we’ve felt we could comfortably go beyond [the F1’s top speed] with,” he said.
On the interior, the McLaren Speedtail sports two screens for rear view camera and three driver display screens which has climate control on the left, driving information on the centre and infotainment on the right. The driver seat is covered in light weight aniline leather and the two passenger seats are buit into the carbon fibre monocoque. The production version McLaren Speedtail is expected to arrive by late 2019 and the deliveries will commence from 2020.
“We could make something that would go faster, but you’d have to make the car and the tyre sidewalls much stiffer. We’re balancing a mature, stiff ride with comfort and speed. The vision was to produce a sleek grand tourer.”Despite the top speed comparison, Palmer said the Speedtail wasn’t a 21st century version of the F1. “There’s the central driving position and 106-car run, but that’s really where the similarities end,” he said.“When you look at what that car was in 1992, it’s amazing. But technology has moved on since then with hybrid engines, carbonfibre, tyres and so on, and safety legislation has changed so much as well,” he added.
He added: “There’s something quite special about sitting in the middle. It’s unique to McLaren. It’s a real driver’s car, like any McLaren should be: a very fast driver’s car.”Palmer said that, unlike with other McLaren models, there will be no further variants of the Speedtail, such as a GTR version. However, he said the central driving position could be used on other new McLarens in the future, noting that “it does give a very different driving experience”.
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