McLaren News

  • 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...

  • McLaren 600LT with Hennessey Performance Engineering upgrades

    When a car enters the shop at Hennessey Performance Engineering, there's a good chance it leaves with more power. A lot more power. That's the case for the McLaren 600LT, which HPE can now tune up to 1,000 horsepower, the company announced on Monday. The tuning firm offers three different packages for the McLaren 600LT: HPE 700, HPE 800, and HPE 1000. Each number represents the amount of horsepower that comes with the package's upgrades over the 600LT's standard 592 horsepower. Diving into the HPE 700 package, the supercar earns an ECU tune, high-flow air filters, and a Hennessey...

  • McLaren 2050 F1 car concept
    McLaren 2050 F1 race car: 300-mph EV that can shape-shift

    McLaren Applied Technologies has peered into its crystal ball and laid out what Formula One could look like three decades from now. It's no surprise that McLaren foresees race cars that will be entirely different machines compared to what we know today. McLaren predicts the F1 car of 2050 will be a...

  • 2019 McLaren Senna (VIN 005), via Barrett-Jackson
    2019 McLaren Senna VIN 005 sells for almost $1.5M

    Barrett-Jackson on Saturday played host to the sale of a 2019 McLaren Senna, a car that has been sold out since it made its debut in 2017. The Senna ended up going for $1,477,500, which was the highest price paid at a non-charity sale during Barrett-Jackson's annual auction in Scottsdale, Arizona...

  • 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider
    2019 McLaren 600LT Spider blows its top

    Like a well-oiled machine, McLaren continues to churn out model after model, each just a little more desirable than the one before it. The latest arrival is the 600LT Spider, the open-top version of last year's 600LT coupe and the new flagship of McLaren's entry-level Sports Series range. For those...

  • 2019 McLaren 600LT
    Luxury brands rack up record sales in 2018

    Last year was a banner year for numerous luxury automakers. We've compiled 2018 global sales for five of them, and each of them saw sales expand to new records. The feat is particularly notable as the overall new-car market begins to plateau, and consumer confidence, even in once-booming China...

  • Andreas Seidl
    New McLaren F1 boss previously ran Porsche LMP1 program

    It's no secret that McLaren's once great Formula 1 team has been struggling in recent years, with the team having failed to secure a single win since as far back as 2012. The good news is that McLaren has no intention of leaving F1. In fact, the team has a recovery plan, and the latest move is the...

  • Teaser most likely shows McLaren 600LT Spider

    McLaren on Wednesday released a teaser video for a new edition in its hardcore Longtail (LT) series of models. The reveal is scheduled for January 16 and all McLaren will say right now is that the car will be the fifth to carry the LT designation. The first four were the F1 GTR LT, 675LT, 675LT Spider, and the much more recent 600LT. All indications, including the teaser, point to the fifth car being a 600LT Spider. Ignoring the obvious “600LT” inscription on the placeholder license plate, the exhaust design, engine cover, and rear fenders confirm the model as a member of...

  • McLaren Speedtail design theme
    McLaren shows off Speedtail design themes so no two cars look alike

    McLaren will build 106 examples of its forthcoming supercar, the Speedtail, and not one of them will be like the other. The company will offer nearly endless options to personalize the car for each buyer. To help customers juice their creative muscles, McLaren released a small design collection to...

  • McLaren 720S Spa 68 special edition
    McLaren Special Operations honors 50th anniversary of first grand prix win with three 720S Spa 68 models

    McLaren Special Operations is back with a very limited-edition set of supercars based on the 720S. This time, McLaren's specialty department set out to honor the 50th anniversary of Bruce McLaren's first grand prix win with just three special 720S supercars. The three "720S Spa 68" models, which...

  • Lilium Jet VTOL concept
    Former McLaren design boss joins Lilium flying taxi startup

    Frank Stephenson shocked many when he stepped down from the lead design role at McLaren in early 2017. It turned out he wanted to apply his design skills in an entirely new segment: flying taxis. The renowned designer, responsible for cars like the McLaren P1 and 650S (and in earlier roles the...

  • McLaren 570S Racing Through The Ages special edition
    McLaren debuts three 570S special editions to mark racing eras

    McLaren and the McLaren Special Operations personalization department on Wednesday revealed a handful of special-edition cars. The company debuted the McLaren 570S Muriwai, Papaya Spark, and Sarthe Gray, each of them marking a specific time period in McLaren's racing history—a collection the...

  • McLaren 720S Spider
    McLaren 720S Spider revealed: Meet the latest topless supercar

    McLaren's 720S supercar has turned out to be a bit of a heavy hitter, with the car able to keep up and in some cases outmatch pricier, more powerful competition. Now McLaren has added a Spider convertible option to its supercar made by science. It joins the original coupe and Track Package options...

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