McLaren Celebrating 20th Anniversary Of Its Le Mans Victory With Special 650S

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It turns out that the new track-focused McLaren 650S we recently told you about won't be the only new 650S variant appearing in the near future, as the British firm today revealed a new special edition model built to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its famous win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, made with the original F1 GTR race car. The latest special edition’s a road car, and just 50 examples are destined for production, of which just nine are allocated for the U.S. market.

It's called the McLaren 650S Le Mans and it features styling inspired by the #59 F1 GTR that took the overall victory at Le Mans back in 1995, such as a roof-mounted air intake. Responsible for some of the enhancements is none other than Peter Stevens, famed designer of the F1.

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He worked closely with McLaren’s personalization department MSO to design the air intake as well as subtle louvers up front that help to boost downforce. The car also wears extended side blades and a custom MSO rear diffuser.

#59 McLaren F1 GTR

#59 McLaren F1 GTR

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“With a mix of subtle design traits, the 650S Le Mans adds a modern twist by blending the iconic lines of the McLaren F1, and heritage features such as the wing louvers and the roof-mounted air intake, with groundbreaking technologies,” Stevens said of the design. “It is a fantastic homage to that original design, and to the incredible race result achieved by the team in 1995 at one of the most difficult, and most challenging races in the world.”

The look of the 650S Le Mans is further enhanced by the metallic Sarthe Gray paint job, inspired by the color of the race-winning F1 GTR. This is offset by a few elements finished in McLaren’s signature orange. As a final touch, the wheels, 19 inches up front and 20 inches at the rear, feature a design that mimics the one used on the race cars.

Inside, the designers have gone with black leather and Alcantara trim. For the seats, a splash of orange offsets the sombre look of the cabin. A Le Mans logo is embossed on the headrest of each seat, and on the unique floor mats, paying further homage to the anniversary. A dedication plate on the door card also identifies the limited nature of the model.

McLaren 650S Le Mans

McLaren 650S Le Mans

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No changes have been made to the power unit, which means the car’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter still delivers 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Drive is to the rear wheels only, via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Performance figures include 0-62 mph acceleration in under 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 207 mph.

Deliveries of the McLaren 650S Le Mans commence in the summer and pricing is set at $320,500. Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one will also be invited to join McLaren at a 20th anniversary celebration of the Le Mans victory. Perhaps it’s at this event that McLaren will confirm rumors about its interest in racing once again at the famous French circuit.

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