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  • McLaren hybrid test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    A tester for McLaren's next hybrid has been spotted. The new McLaren is still at the test mule stage, with the new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift body of a 720S. We know the tester features electrification because of the mandated “Hybrid” sticker on the windshield and doors. Unfortunately, it isn't clear at this early stage where in the McLaren model portfolio the car will sit. It likely won't be a challenger to the new hybrid Ferrari set for a debut at the end of May. The Ferrari will be a range-topper with 986 horsepower. McLaren is developing multiple hybrid...

  • 2020 McLaren GT
    McLaren GT debuts with 612 horsepower, over 20 cubic feet of storage

    McLaren on Wednesday took the covers off a new, more usable type of supercar called the GT. As the name suggests, the car is the brand's interpretation of the classic grand tourer, which traditionally offers copious thrust, cossetting comfort, and ample storage space for luggage. In the case of the...

  • 20,000th McLaren built: 600LT Spider
    McLaren celebrates 20,000th car built

    It's been a long road since 2010, but British supercar/sports car maker McLaren has just assembled its 20,000th car. The brand made the announcement on Monday and said the 20,000th McLaren is a right-hand-drive 600LT Spider in Chicane Gray. The 600LT is the latest in a line of Longtail models, and...

  • McLaren Senna with Ayrton Senna's F1 livery colors
    Unique McLaren Senna honors F1 legend's iconic Marlboro livery

    For many motorsport aficionados, it doesn't get much better than two colors: red and white. Those are the Marlboro livery colors the late Ayrton Senna championed as he won the 1988 Formula 1 World Championship with McLaren and the MP4/4 race car. One new McLaren Senna owner decided to dedicate his...

  • 2020 McLaren GT supercar spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 McLaren GT supercar spy shots

    McLaren used the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show to announce plans for a new, more accommodating kind of supercar, and now we have spy shots of a prototype. The car is being developed as a high-performance grand tourer. It's to serve as a little brother to the Speedtail, McLaren's hyper GT...

  • 2019 McLaren 720S GT3 race car
    McLaren to race in North America in new WeatherTech Sprint Cup series

    McLaren is a regular at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix but the British firm is expanding into into sports car racing in these parts. The latest move, announced on Friday, is a multi-year agreement between McLaren and IMSA for the new WeatherTech Sprint Cup designed for the GT Daytona (GTD)...

  • Mike Häkkinen, 2019

    Mika Häkkinen will find himself behind the wheel of a McLaren race car once again. The two-time Formula 1 champion is confirmed to race the Suzuka 10 Hour in Japan behind the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3 customer race car. The F1 champion in 1998 and 1999, who drove for McLaren, will race alongside Super Formula champion Hiroaki Ishiura and Japanese Formula 3 racer Katsuaki Kubota. All three drivers will put 720S GT3 race cars through their paces in the fourth round of the GT Challenge, though McLaren said hasn't said who will run team in the series. Suzuka will be the debut competitive...

  • Modified McLaren 720S runs 8s at drag strip
    Modified McLaren 720S enters the 8s in the quarter-mile

    The McLaren 720S is no joke of a supercar from the factory, but with a few modifications one 720S managed to crack into the 8-second range at the drag strip. DragTimes posted video of the modified 720S clocking seriously impressive times in the quarter-mile, and eventually we see the almighty run...

  • McLaren Senna GTR
    McLaren Senna GTR set for dynamic debut at 2019 Goodwood Members’ Meeting

    The McLaren Senna is a wild, track-focused hypercar. That much is clear. But there's always more, and the automaker recently inched forward with the more extreme McLaren Senna GTR unveiled in March. This one isn't track focused; this one is track only. McLaren isn't due to start deliveries of the...

  • 2017 McLaren 570GT
    Takata airbag recall strikes multiple McLaren supercars

    Almost 3,000 McLaren supercars and sports cars are equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators, which has led the British company to issue a recall in the U.S. McLaren filed the recall, which was published on February 28, with the NHTSA. The recall names the airbag inflators as part of the list of...

  • Lego McLaren Senna
    It took 5,000 hours to build this life-size Lego McLaren Senna

    Almost half of a million Lego bricks make up the latest endeavor with everyone's favorite building blocks. Here is a 1:1 scale replica of a McLaren Senna made entirely from Legos. McLaren and Lego partnered on the project for the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed, which will take place this...

  • McLaren 720S suspension on Engineering Explained
    Take a closer look at the McLaren 720S supercar's complex suspension

    Numerous systems go into making a high-performance car, and while a powerful engine is almost always one of them, engineers never forget about the suspension. What's a lot of power good for if it handles like a sloppy mess? The McLaren 720S uses a very neat system, although it's mighty complex...

  • First completed tub at McLaren Composites Technology Center in Yorkshire, England

    McLaren continues to post record after record in sales, meaning capacity at its plant in Woking, England, is tighter than ever. And with more models on the way, the company last November established a separate plant in Sheffield, England, to build the carbon fiber monocoque tubs that underpin each of its cars. Called the McLaren Composites Technology Center, the new plant on Friday shipped its first completed tub to the main site in Woking, located approximately 175 miles to the south. The first tub won't make it into one of McLaren's supercars. Rather, it will be used for crash testing...

  • 2016 McLaren P1 GTR for sale
    First McLaren P1 GTR in the US for sale

    Only 50 McLaren P1 GTR models were made, but those who missed the boat have another chance to buy one. The very first McLaren P1 GTR delivered in the United States is now for sale. None other than Bruce Canepa is the owner, a racing driver and expert classic car restorer. The supercar is actually...

  • Dendrobium D-1 XP-2 prototype
    McLaren F1 designer joins Dendrobium electric supercar project

    The man who penned the McLaren F1 has joined Dendrobium to work on the technology firm's electric supercar project. Dendrobium announced in February the appointment of Peter Stevens, revealing that the British designer had already enhanced the design of the latest prototype of the company's...

  • McLaren Senna GTR
    McLaren Senna GTR takes the hypercar to new heights

    The McLaren Senna is already an incredible feat of technology and engineering, but the Senna GTR has arrived to outdo everything the standard car accomplishes. Well, except comfort. On Friday, the British supercar maker revealed the ultimate in the brand's Ultimate Series, the McLaren Senna GTR...

  • McLaren 720S Spider by MSO
    McLaren 720S Spider by MSO accentuates its aero in Geneva

    It's pretty much common practice these days to see McLaren Special Operations flex its creativity to show off the possibilities within the department. This time, MSO tackled the McLaren 720S Spider with a unique color palette to show how the supercar "breathes." Revealed Wednesday at the 2019...

  • McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray
    Gordon Murray's McLaren F1 successor to boast V-12 power and manual transmission

    Gordon Murray gave the world the McLaren F1 in the 1990s as its designer. After operating his design business for years, Murray formed his own car company in 2017: Gordon Murray Automotive, and quickly announced he was working on a true successor to the legendary F1. Road & Track spoke with...

  • Teaser for new McLaren GT car

    Although McLaren didn't unveil a new car at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, it did announce something new is coming this year. The brand's CEO Mike Flewitt announced Tuesday that the newest car to be introduced under the Track25 business plan will be the brand's interpretation of a Grand Tourer or GT car. Critically, he said the car will not be part of any existing model series and will be something unique and standalone. That rules out the possibility of a 720S GT, for example. McLaren applied the GT strategy in the past to the 570 nameplate to create a more comfortable and...

  • McLaren Speedtail
    McLaren Speedtail specs make it a worthy F1 successor

    The McLaren Speedtail will arrive early next year as a successor to the beloved F1, and the supercar's spec sheet makes it worthy of that title. The British marque said the Speedtail will produce a total combined power output of 1,035 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque. As we suspected, a...

  • 2019 McLaren 720S Spider
    First drive review: 2019 McLaren 720S Spider balances sun, performance, comfort

    Among the hottest toys of the 1970s were the Kenner Super Sonic Power (SSP) race cars, which employed a central spinning wheel that propelled them over jumps, down the stairs, and into furniture legs in houses everywhere. The utter ubiquity of these toy cars led to innovations, such as a spark...

  • McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO
    McLaren 600LT Spider by MSO is utterly gorgeous

    McLaren Special Operations is back once again to show off its capabilities, and this time the special editions unit has created a stunning McLaren 600LT Spider. Set to debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the 600LT Spider by MSO wears a gorgeous color combination of Dove Gray and...

  • Why the McLaren 600LT has a top-mount exhaust
    Learn why McLaren uses a top-mount exhaust for the 600LT

    McLaren's top-mount exhaust pipes on the 600LT certainly look cool, but there are actually multiple reasons why the British marque opted for the design. Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained had the opportunity to speak with the 600LT's chief engineer, and he answered numerous questions about the...

  • 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider
    First drive review: 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider sounds serious, delivers on the track

    Arizona Motorsports Park sits beside Luke Air Force Base outside Phoenix, so visiting drivers are treated to a non-stop free display of air power courtesy of F-16s and F-35s. The base is home to the F-35 demonstration team, whose preparations for the 2019 air show season provided overhead...

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