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Ride Around Laguna Seca With Mika Häkkinen In 1974 McLaren M23 19
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Film, mclaren, McLaren Videos, video on 01 19th, 2018


Over the course of more than a decade in Formula One, Mika Häkkinen won two drivers' world championships, 20 races and scored 51 podiums. But he never got the chance to drive in America's most challenging race tracks, as F1 didn't race there.
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McLaren Rules Out A Crossover, Won’t Follow Ferrari And Lamborghini 17
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mclaren, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


It was once inconceivable that brands such as Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari would ever introduce a crossover but all of them either has a model in showrooms or one on the way. Even Lotus, the brand of "simplify then add lightness," is plotting a crossover of its own.
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McLaren Has Successfully Integrated Renault’s Power Unit Into 2018 F1 Car 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, renault, Reports on 01 17th, 2018


McLaren Racing has succeeded in overcoming initial packaging headaches caused by Renault's fundamentally different engine architecture.
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McLaren Inaugurates New Carbon Composites Technology Centre 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mclaren on 01 17th, 2018


Everything McLaren makes – from road-going supercars to its F1 racers – has to date been manufactured in Woking. But this week it officially inaugurated its first off-site production facility.
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Go Inside Team McLaren In ‘Grand Prix Driver,’ Coming To Amazon Prime 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Amazon, F1, mclaren, McLaren Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018


Amazon proved itself among automotive enthusiasts when it picked up the trio from Top Gear and gave them a new series on its digital platform. Now it has another show coming that is sure to be worth watching.
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An Electric McLaren Sedan Would Be An Interesting Porsche Mission E Fighter 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mclaren, porsche, Renderings on 01 14th, 2018


McLaren is adamant that they won’t build an SUV, as sports cars and supercars are what their brand is all about, but what about a four-door model?

Such a vehicle would inevitably become a more expensive alternative to the Porsche Panamera, or, if it gets a zero-emission powertrain, the upcoming Mission E.

A rendering, posted by Jose Rodriguez Nebreda, shows us how a hypothetical four-door McLaren would look like, and the result is quite good, actually.

Notice that it doesn’t have a lot in common with the new 720S, adopting a unique styling with muscular lines, a very long hood and headlights inspired by the ones in McLaren’s Sports Series range.

If McLaren decides to enter the all-electric super-saloon segment it will have to do battle not just with the Mission E but Aston Martin’s RapidE , too, and of course the all-conquering Tesla Model S. Well, Elon Musk’s company has had the segment to itself for quite some time, so it could use some competition…

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An Electric McLaren Sedan Would Be An Interesting Porsche Mission E Fighter 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mclaren, porsche, Renderings on 01 14th, 2018


McLaren is adamant that they won’t build an SUV, as sports cars and supercars are what their brand is all about, but what about a four-door model?

Such a vehicle would inevitably become a more expensive alternative to the Porsche Panamera, or, if it gets a zero-emission powertrain, the upcoming Mission E.

A rendering, posted by Jose Rodriguez Nebreda, shows us how a hypothetical four-door McLaren would look like, and the result is quite good, actually.

Notice that it doesn’t have a lot in common with the new 720S, adopting a unique styling with muscular lines, a very long hood and headlights inspired by the ones in McLaren’s Sports Series range.

If McLaren decides to enter the all-electric super-saloon segment it will have to do battle not just with the Mission E but Aston Martin’s RapidE , too, and of course the all-conquering Tesla Model S. Well, Elon Musk’s company has had the segment to itself for quite some time, so it could use some competition…

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McLaren Exec Says 2018 F1 Car Will Undergo Biggest Changes On The Grid 13
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, racing, Reports on 01 13th, 2018


McLaren Racing executive director Zak Brown revealed to Autosport that the British outfit’s 2018 challenger will feature the most changes out of all the teams.

“The car’s not going to look the same as last year. Our whole brand, the visibility of McLaren, is going to go to the next level and it’s going to be exciting”, Brown said. “We know what a lot of the other teams are going to look like, but hopefully people will see the biggest change on and off the track at McLaren going into Australia.”

He added that McLaren has signed three additional sponsors for 2018 and that there’s still some work to be done on the papaya orange livery. He also mentioned that the team’s fresh new look will carry over to the garage as well, helping them stand out from the rest of the field.

“Going through that exercise developed a plan that doesn’t require a ‘title partner'”, he commented. “It still requires a ‘principal partner’, just not a ‘title partner’. I know that’s semantics there but it’s really about protecting the McLaren name. That’s all I’m trying to do is ringfence that and keep us as McLaren.”

Apparently, Brown also believes that when a sponsor’s name becomes part of the team’s name, it “slightly diminishes the value of the name of the team.”

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F1 Halo May Soon Gain Digital Scrolling ‘Ticker’ Display 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, Reports on 01 12th, 2018


Formula 1 is currently analyzing multiple solutions that could help teams maximize the extra space found on the halo cockpit protection system.

According to Autosport, one idea being thrown around is a sort of scrolling digital ‘ticker’, like the ones used to display stocks and share prices.

“Formula 1 has been talking about doing some sort of digital on it, so I think we’ll make the most of it,” said McLaren exec, Zak Brown. “Possibly some sort of almost like ticker running, like you see at the stock exchange. Some kind of messaging – that sort of thing.”

There are already rules in place letting teams know what they can or can’t do with the halo, such as how they’re not allowed to paint it on the inside so that it doesn’t become a distraction to the drivers.

Brown admits that now “it looks a bit bolted onto the car”, but is hopeful that, in time, the halo will become better integrated in F1 cars.

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McLaren Makes 570GT Even More Performance-Focused With S Handling Pack 10
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, Mclaren 570GT, McLaren Sports Series, Reports on 01 10th, 2018


McLaren has decided to introduce a new S Handling Pack for the 570GT supercar, providing it with a very similar setup to the 570S.

Priced at £4,900 ($6,622), the S Handling Pack adds a set of stiffer springs, quicker steering, new uprights and actuators, and the same stability control settings as the 570S. Additionally, the 570GT S Handling Pack benefits from its sibling’s steering and damper software.

These changes see the suspension become 15 per cent stiffer at the front, 10 per cent stiffer at the rear, while the steering will become 2 per cent quicker. Last but certainly not least are the sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, available as standard.

The British supercar manufacturer says it expects 60 per cent of all 570GT customers to opt for the S Handling Pack.

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Is This McLaren’s Upcoming BP23 Three-Seater Hypercar? 7
Jan
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in DRS, Film, Hybrids, IPAS, mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren P1, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, video on 01 7th, 2018


Even though it has increased its range considerably in just a few years and having just announced that it posted record sales in 2017, McLaren is not resting at its laurels but is preparing a new hypercar that will belong in its Ultimate Series.

Code-named BP23, for Bespoke Project 2 with 3 seats (perhaps the Bespoke Project 1 was the Senna), it is the spiritual successor to the iconic F1, which also featured three seats and a central driving position. It also held the world speed record from 1992, with 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h), until 2005, when the Koenigsegg CCR upstaged it, posting a 241.63 mph (388.87 km/h) v-max.

Now, McLaren itself has already shown us a couple of images of a camouflaged prototype with chief tester Chris Goodwin, who has since moved to Aston Martin, at the driver’s seat. It also stated that it will be the Grand Tourer of the Ultimate Series, and at the same time “the fastest ever McLaren”, though we don’t know if this includes the Senna or not.

Anyhow, a prototype that looks a lot like the one Woking has posted was recently captured on video. It was, unsurprisingly, covered in camo and, as the description says, lacked a third seat, which could mean that it is an early, 720S-based test mule, which makes sense, as the production car isn’t expected until 2019.

Like all McLarens, the BP23 will use the MonoCage carbon fiber chassis, most likely in an evolved form, and since it’s an Ultimate Series, we figure it will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, just like the P1, comprising of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that made its debut in the 720S along with an electric motor for a total output in excess of 1,000HP.

We also expect the latest iteration of the company’s electrohydraulic suspension that does away with roll bars, plus the Formula 1-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which gives an instant boost in acceleration via the electric motor, and Drag Reduction System (DRS) that were introduced in the P1.

The BP23 will be produced in just 106 examples, all of which are already spoken for, and in all likelihood will be launched with a different name. Being a three-seater, we have a hunch that its designation will include the F1 moniker in some way, though this is just our guess. Pity they have wasted used the Senna name already, isn’t it?

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McLaren Continues To Grow, Posts Record Sales In 2017 7
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, Mclaren 570GT, McLaren 570S, McLaren 720S, Reports on 01 7th, 2018


McLaren is most definitely experiencing an increase in sales and recently announced that 2017 was its best year ever, as the British supercar manufacturer sold a total of 3340 cars, roughly two-thirds of which were accounted for by the entry-level Sports Series family.

More specifically, 2119 Sports Series models were sold to customers in 2017, while 1221 vehicles from the Super Series range were sold, despite deliveries of the 720S only commencing in the second half of the year.

Key models added to McLaren’s range throughout 2017 were the 570S Spider and 720S. Not included in last year’s sales figures are the limited-edition McLaren Senna and pre-orders for the upcoming BP23 hyper-GT.

In a statement, McLaren chief executive Mike Flewitt said the brand is going from strength to strength.

“Demand has been strong for McLaren Automotive across our product families in 2017, with interest particularly robust in our biggest market, North America. The majority of sales came from the Sports Series family, our brand entry point that is achieving significant interest and attracting new customers.

“With a strong order bank stretching well into this summer, it is expected that close to half of 2018 sales will derive from the Super Series. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Series continues to surpass our expectations with a completely full order book for both the newly unveiled McLaren Senna and another future model codenamed BP23,” Flewitt said.

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McLaren Senna Spotted In Gas Station, Doesn’t Look That Bad In Black 6
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in mclaren, McLaren Senna on 01 6th, 2018


The McLaren Senna, a 798-horsepower (800PS) hypercar that just happens to be street legal, was unveiled earlier last December with some impressive figures. But more than a few people, including us, thought it was too ugly to do justice to Ayrton Senna’s name, especially when compared to other hypercars on the market.

The automaker didn’t give the Senna a fighting chance, either, as the first pictures of the hypercar revealed a ghastly orange and black paint job that, somehow, made all those curves, scoops and edges look disconnected, as if different teams who didn’t talk to each other designed different parts of the car.

Since then, more images have come out, but the hypercar still isn’t doing it for us. However, this all-black one that Luke Papworth, an automotive photographer and YouTuber, spotted at a gas station has us rethinking the way we feel about the Senna. The black paint scheme manages to hide some of the hypercar’s busy lines and makes it look that much more menacing.

The photos, which were posted onto Papworth’s Instagram account, hampshirephotography, were taken at a gas station. With only 500 units of the Senna scheduled for production and Woking planning to start building them in the latter half of this year, managing to snap a few pics of one refueling is a rare opportunity.

While McLaren is still keeping some of the Senna’s specs to itself, it claims the hypercar is the most extreme street-legal car to wear the brand’s badge. All 500 units of the hypercar are spoken for already, with the automaker auctioning off the last unit for £2 million (roughly $2.67 million). Taste is, of course, highly subjective, but for us the old adage that you can’t go wrong with black certainly applies to the Senna.


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Unique Lark Livery McLaren P1 GTR Is The UK’s Most Prized Used Car 5
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Hybrids, mclaren, McLaren P1, used cars on 01 5th, 2018


It’s not often that a used car leaves us breathless but this bespoke McLaren P1 GTR is no ordinary used car.

Recently listed for sale from Tom Hartley Junior in the UK, this P1 GTR is one of the most recognizable in the world. We were fortunate to see it in person at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016 and were left absolutely flawed by the eye-catching looks.

As you may or may not know, this P1 GTR was built to exactly mimic the Lark race-winning McLaren F1 GTR also owned by a well-known English collector. It is unclear why he is parting ways with the hybrid hypercar but it’ll inevitably fetch a hefty sum.

Further adding to the desirability of the car is the fact that it has been converted to road use by Lanzante Motorsport and has just 852 miles on the clock. It will be sold with its original factory-supplied diagnostic equipment, racing wheels, tires, racing exhaust, and custom car cover.

As with every other P1 GTR, power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine mated to an electric motor to create a combined 986 hp.

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Richard Hammond Ruined A McLaren 720S After Refueling It With Water 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in celebrities, Film, mclaren, McLaren 720S, The Grand Tour, video on 01 5th, 2018


The Grand Tour presenter Richard Hammond is clearly not having a good year, when it comes to supercars.

After his notorious Rimac Concept One crash earlier this season, which resulted in him being hospitalized and the $1 million electric hypercar being totally destroyed, Hammond did it again, only this time the victim was a McLaren.

In the latest episode of The Grand Tour, Richard Hammond had to drive two different examples of the McLaren 720s because he broke the first car by filling its fuel tank with water.

Hammond said that when the car run low on fuel at the track, he used a nearby jerry can to fill it up again, without noticing that he was adding water instead of actual fuel into the supercar’s tank.

To make matters worse, Hammond didn’t notice of his wrongdoing until it was too late; in his own words: “It was when the engine sort of let go”.

At least this time he didn’t had to be hospitalized, which is surely some sort of progress!

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