McLaren's New $2.25 Million Hypercar Sold Out Before It Was Even Announced

2019 McLaren Speedtail images leak

McLaren Speedtail Pumps 1035HP And 250MPH Top End As Rightful Heir To Legendary McLaren F1

Aero covers on the front wheels, retractable digital rearview cameras instead of mirrors, and active ailerons in the rear make the McLaren Speedtail even more streamlined. Subsequently, the racing auto engineer, and McLaren's former owner, engaged vehicle designer Peter Stevens to conceive the F1. They're smaller than typical side mirrors, meaning they create less drag, and they also provide a wider view, which is fed to screens set in the dashboard. McLaren is calling it a Hyper-GT that will have a top speed of 250 miles per hour and a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that will generate an astonishing 1,035 horsepower.

If you're hoping to get your own set of keys to a McLaren Speedtail, it's probably not gonna happen. The automaker says that it is the most aerodynamic road auto it has ever built. (Compared to the McLaren P1's 16.5 seconds.) Carbon-ceramic brakes come into play after that. Typically, the revolution of a wheel drives air away from the vehicle, but the static wheel covers keep the air attached to the auto and guides it rearward along the flanks.

Now, McLaren has another three-seater hypercar that's finally faster, but even if those dotcommers had saved their cash from the insane early days of the internet, they still couldn't buy the new Speedtail. It's narrower than a P1 but a bit stretched to manage easily around a supermarket auto park. Its carbon fiber body is narrower but longer than P1, measuring nearly 17 feet. The windshield curves upwards to form part of the roof and also features special electrochromic glass.

A speed of 250mph is achieved in a unique "Velocity" mode, which has been developed specifically for the Speedtail. The vehicle comes with a bespoke luggage set for three, matched to the interior's carbon fiber, leather, and metalwork.

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The cabin exaggerates the use of exposed carbon fiber and Scandinavian-sourced leather that extends from the seating upholstery to flow down into the footwells. "It's a materials story like nothing else", said Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive Design Director. When viewed from above, the Speedtail resembles a droplet. That's the aforementioned workaround that could see the Speedtail attend Cars and Coffee events around the country.

Only 106 Speedtails will be produced, and they're all spoken for, at a price of 1.75 million pounds, or $2.24 million at current exchange rates.

Update: A McLaren representative said that the vehicle is not road legal in the USA mainly due to the three-seat configuration not meeting safety requirements.

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