The run mentioned beforehand is a nod to the F1, and each example of the breed will set you back $2.25 million before options and customization from the McLaren Special Operations. The Speedtail will be joined by the Speedster, and 2020 is also when this fellow here will enter production.
Seeing the mid-engined hybrid with a three-seat layout on the road in this color is a sight to behold, more so if you admire the Speedtail from the profile. At 5,137 centimeters long, even a full-size sedan such as the W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is shorter than the British interloper.
The party piece of the Speedtail is the combination of extreme aerodynamic trickery and 1,050 PS (1,035 horsepower) from 4.0 liters of internal combustion, a pair of turbochargers, and the e-motor that acts directly on the input shaft of the seven-speed DCT. Even the 20-inch wheels up front are designed to let the air slip as smoothly as possible along the sides of the vehicle. Instead of conventional mirrors, two pop-up video cameras are featured.
Described as a hyper-GT with no equal, the Speedtail can achieve 403 km/h (250 mph) in what McLaren calls Velocity mode. This setting also tailors the active chassis to lower the suspension vehicle by 35 millimeters, translating to an overall height of 1,120 millimeters.
That’s still taller than the Ford GT40 from the 1960s, but for a modern car with so much tech and safety features embedded into it, there’s no denying the Speedtail is a world-class exercise in terms of automotive packaging.