McLaren Speedtail REVEALED - 250mph and 1036BHP for the McLaren F1 successor

McLaren Speedtail REVEALED - 250mph and 1036BHP for the McLaren F1 successor

THE SILKEN sheet has been whisked away, and McLaren has revealed its newest hypercar to the world in full. It lines the floor of the Speedtail in the colour or colours of the owner's choice.

Billed as the British brand's latest "ultimate road car" and fastest model, the Speedtail can travel up to 250 miles per hour, surpassing the 243 miles per hour record set by the McLaren F1.

It also marks a return to the legendary F1 supercar's three-seat cockpit layout that puts the driver at the centre, but first let's get to the juicy bits. However, that's where the similarities between the pair start and end. McLaren isn't providing technical details of the Speedtail's hybrid power system, but the gasoline engine is expected to be similar to the turbocharged V8s used in other McLaren cars. The straight-line acceleration of the Speedtail sets a new benchmark for a McLaren, with 0-186mph achieved in just 12.8 seconds; McLaren Automotive's previous Ultimate Series hybrid, the McLaren P1, could reach this speed in 16.5 seconds.

McLaren says limited production of the Speedtail has given it the opportunity to "push colour and materials design into unchartered territory". This Vmax could allegedly be higher, but not on tyres civilised people could live with, according to McLaren.

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A familiar teardrop-shaped cabin will position the driver of the Speedtail directly in the center of the vehicle, allowing for optimal pedal box placement, as well as maximum headroom in the auto as it only sits only 3.7 feet tall. We are told that the Speedtail will utilise a hybrid drive train, yet the information about what that means is to be announced at a later date.

The wind often forms the most handsome works of art. Just 106 will be built and all are already reserved, at a price of £1.75 million ($2.2m) plus taxes. McLaren says that owners can remove them if they wish, but it considers them a crucial part of the car's aerodynamic package.

"McLaren has never built a vehicle like the Speedtail before". Unfortunately, this arrangement also puts the vehicle on the wrong side of regulations here in the U.S. Three digital screens form the dash and two additional screens, one at the base of each of the A-pillars, displays the view of the corresponding rear-facing camera. On the visual level, did you notice the front-wheel static aero-covers? McLaren said that by rethinking every aspect of the exterior design and reducing weight while maximizing aerodynamic drag efficiency, the Speedtail has been made the fastest McLaren road vehicle to date.

"More aerodynamic influences are apparent with carbon fibre shrouds on the 20" alloys, cameras instead of door mirrors - which slot in to the body in Velocity mode - and weight is kept down to 1430kg with Titanium Deposition Carbonfibre, with McLaren being quite anal about weight with stuff like electrochromic tints to negate the need for sun visors. The traditional reading lights have been axed, too, replaced by a strip of LEDs embedded in the glass ceiling that are activated by touch. The Speedtail uses rear-facing cameras instead, a design that unfortunately means the auto isn't street legal in the United States.

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