The spiritual successor of the iconic F1 and the new speed king of the McLaren dynasty, the McLaren Speedtail gets its final production green light after a series of test runs at Kennedy Space Center runway in Florida. Dubbed as the XP2, the prototype hit 250-mph about 30 times as they were testing the wrath of its 1035-HP engine, before they unleash it onto the street. It also holds the title for being the fastest McLaren ever built, at 400-kmph, beating the legendary F1 by a 17-kmph margin.
In terms of power, the McLaren Speedtail runs hybrid with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 guzzler accompanied by an electric counterpart, making a total of 1035 horsepower and 848 lb-ft of torque. The car’s radical shape is dedicated to high-speed aerodynamic efficiency, with a massive rear overhang, a central driver’s seat, and a set of flexible carbon fiber ailerons. The Speedtail’s design silhouette seems like a speed shuttle-inspired classic McLaren, its three seater setting is a distinct feat too, considering its a gran tourer.
“The Speedtail is a truly extraordinary car that epitomizes McLaren’s pioneering spirit and perfectly illustrates our determination to continue to set new benchmarks for supercar and hypercar performance. It’s fitting that the Speedtail’s high-speed test program concluded with multiple maximum-speed runs at a location strongly associated with pushing the boundaries of extreme performance and engineering excellence,” McLaren Automotive CEO, Mike Flewitt, says.
While McLaren have announced that the Speedtail will be limited to just 106 builds, it will make a debut exclusively in Europe as of now, considering the US are still to clear it as street-legal. Well, when you build a 1000-hp super sportscar, a few officials might raise an eyebrow in matters of street safety. This prototype may not see the light of day in India considering its low ground clearance, but McLaren are currently contemplating a huge comeback in India, which could make the Speedtail a potential entrant too. Priced at $2.2 million, the McLaren Speedtail will up for retail by February 2020.
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