McLaren Speedtail: A Unity of Art, Technology and Speed

By Paul Joseph

McLaren Automotive has revealed the streamlined form of the McLaren Speedtail, billed as the next chapter in McLaren’s Ultimate Series.

The first ‘Hyper-GT’ from the British marquee, the Speedtail can achieve the highest maximum speed of any McLaren to date, reaching 403 km/h, while delivering a blend of contemporary craftsmanship, materials innovation and bespoke personalisation.

Just 106 units will be created and all of them are already reserved for customers, starting at an eye-popping price of £1.75 million.

“McLaren has never built a vehicle like the Speedtail before,” said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren Automotive.

“As our first ‘Hyper-GT’, the Speedtail is the ultimate McLaren road car; a fusion of art and science that combines an astonishing maximum speed with an iconic central-driving position and a truly pioneering approach to bespoke personalisation.

“A ground-breaking hybrid powertrain sits within a lightweight carbon fibre body reminiscent of sleek ‘streamliners’ that once set world speed records, while the luxurious three-seat cockpit offers a sublime combination of an incredible driving experience, unmatched individualism and innovative materials never seen before in a road-going vehicle."

As the most powerful and most aerodynamically drag efficient McLaren, the Speedtail can exceed the 243mph record peak speed of the McLaren F1, a feat made possible by intense collaboration between McLaren’s design and engineering teams to deliver a peerless blend of aerodynamic, powertrain and dynamic excellence.

The teardrop-shaped cockpit and aerodynamically optimised body are the foundation for the exceptional aerodynamic drag efficiency, with innovative features such as carbon fibre front-wheel static aero covers, retractable digital rear-view cameras (in lieu of mirrors) and patented active rear ailerons furthering contributing to the ultra-low drag achieved.

The Speedtail model is built around a bespoke McLaren Monocage carbon fibre structure and benefits from lightweight engineering throughout, including an all-carbon fibre body, aluminium active suspension and carbon ceramic brakes. The powertrain is a pioneering petrol-electric hybrid developing a combined 1,050PS to support the car's performance.

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars. The company, launched in 2010, is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

By Paul Joseph