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McLaren MSO HS Demonstrates Its Airbrake "Fixed" Rear Wing in First Drive Video

McLaren-Honda F1 star Jenson Button isn't the only one enjoying his new Woking machine experience these days. And while British aficionado Tom Smedley doesn't share the famous status with the Formula One driver, we're here to show you the supercar enthusiast's latest toy, namely a McLaren MSO HS.
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Yes, ladies and gentlemen drivers, we are now looking at the first real-world McLaren 688 HS (to use the improper name of the weapon) video.

The clip takes us through the delivery process, while moving on to the first miles the owner gets to rack up. Sure, it's all a traffic adventure, but it's enough to show us the rear wing in action, for instance.

In our book, fixed rear wings are boring (noticed how tuners are obsessed with them?) on street cars, simply because road-going machines can't be driven at the limit all the time and should, therefore, turn to active wings.

Well, the MSO High Sport offers the best of both worlds, with its apparently-fixed rear wing also acting as an airbrake. Keep in mind that, at the touch of a button, the driver can also go through the various settings of the aero toy.

Whenever a video goes past the 10-minute mark, which is the case here, we like to think about the in-a-hurry part of our readership, indicating the point where certain highlights can be found. But we just't can do that here, since all the bits of the footage are worthy of your undivided attention. Instead, we've decided to mention the hue covering this Mac is called Sarthe Grey (yep, that's a Le Mans reference).

Of course, the wing is just a part of the ground-ground missile's aerodynamic package, which can generate 485 lbs (220 kg) of downforce at 150 mph (245 km/h).

With 666 hp (make that 688 PS, you metric system fans), this MSO special is nothing short of a riot and this shows in terms of its soundtrack. Even using its civilian driving mode and socially acceptable driving behavior makes the twin-turbo voice of the thing raise the hear on the back of one's neck.

We're dealing with car #7 here and, according to Tom, all of the 25 owners went for different colors, with about six or seven cars staying in their home country. We'll remind you that buying one of these wasn't for everybody, even when talking about YouTube celebrities.

P.S.: You know us, we tend to get greedy when coming across such goodies, so we can't wait to see the first track clip of the MSO HS.

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