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Lewis Hamilton Says He Wants To Battle Fernando Alonso Next Season 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, mclaren, Motorsport, racing, renault, Reports on 12 16th, 2017


Lewis Hamilton says he’d like to see the McLaren team competing at the front of the field next season and hopes to battle Fernando Alonso in 2018.

Alonso has failed to secure a single podium with the McLaren-Honda team, but the outfit will ditch Honda powertrains for next season and instead use Renault-sourced power units. With a finely-tuned chassis, it’s reasonable to expect McLaren to be in a much better shape next year.

“They’ve had such a difficult time. Given that I grew up with McLaren from 13, I go through qualifying and I always look to see where Fernando is, I always look to see where they are and am watching their progress,” Hamilton told Motorsport.

“There’s just a natural place in my heart for them, because I achieved a huge amount with them. I really, really hope next year is a successful year for them, I really hope we are battling with them because McLaren deserve to be at the front. I hope with this new power unit they’re there with us. I hope we have another incredible world champion up there with us fighting for the world championship,” said the four-time world champion.

As for Alonso, he is currently on a “multi-year” agreement with McLaren and intends on finishing his F1 career at the British racing outfit. Despite his limited success the last three years, many pundits still consider him one of the best drivers in the field.

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Someone Is Selling A McLaren 720S For 25 Bitcoins On Craigslist 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Craigslist, Galleries, mclaren, McLaren 720S, used cars on 12 14th, 2017


The McLaren 720S has been stunning car enthusiasts ever since its Geneva Motor Show premiere but it seems one owner in the United States is more interested in making the most of the Bitcoin boom.

This 720S has been listed for sale on Craigslist in Atlanta and the owner is asking for 25 Bitcoins, roughly $418,523 at current prices, well over $100,000 more than a brand new 720S will cost you.

The seller claims that the British supercar has just 750 miles under its belt and has been outfitted with a plethora of options, including the 10-spoke lightweight wheels, vehicle lift system, electric and heated seats, stealth pack, sports exhaust, gorilla glass roof panels, and the McLaren track telemetry system.

As the price of Bitcoin continues to increase, the 25 Bitcoin asking price becomes more and more unrealistic. At the time of writing, a price of 20 Bitcoin would be more appropriate and in a couple of weeks, that figure could drop to 15.

Either way, the owner is clearly not interested in holding on to the McLaren, which is a very expensive depreciating asset. However, we suspect they may have some difficulty selling it.

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Op-Ed: New McLaren Too Ugly To Do Justice To Senna’s Name 13
Dec
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in mclaren, McLaren Senna, new cars, Opinion on 12 13th, 2017


Last year, during the press conference at the launch of the 570GT, McLaren’s people talked about their future products, among which they promised “a surprise” – and none of the journos attending the event managed to guess what it would be.

As it turns out, it was the Senna hypercar that was revealed on December 9. A big surprise, indeed, as no one saw that one coming, but not necessarily a good one.

When it was launched, the otherwise very competent MP4-12C received lots of flak for its uninspired looks. McLaren’s designers obviously listened and their subsequent models were much more special.

Which brings us to its latest hypercar that’s named after the late Ayrton Senna, who many consider as the greatest Formula 1 driver of all times.

Now, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but to this editor’s eyes, the Senna is the ugliest thing to ever come out of Woking. There’s no doubt that it’ll be amazing to drive, but perhaps, when they were penning it, they took the “form follows function” dictum at heart a tad too much.

Thus, the end result might produce tons of downforce and boast blistering performance, but its looks are so incongruous even a mother would have trouble calling it beautiful.

I have no doubt that every scoop, air intake and what-have-you serves a purpose and that it will be a blast to drive, especially on a track. I also think that McLaren’s own P1, for example, looks way better, and I’m baffled why they would grace this particular car with Senna’s name. Of all the monikers they could come up with, they chose that of the most iconic F1 driver for what, to my eyes at least, is just plain ugly.

Checking out the comments section, I discovered that I am not alone, as a great number of our readers agree, with some comparing it with VeilSide’s kit for the RX-7 or the Gumbert Apollo.

At least they gave it a decent, hypercar-worthy, interior. Still, even if it breaks the ‘Ring record or beats all of its hypercar rivals in comparison tests, there’s no way around the fact that something named after Senna deserved a much better design.

As for a lesson in how a company does justice to Ayrton’s name, just check out Ducati’s superbikes that not only go like stink, but look delicious, too.

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Nothing Can Prepare You For A McLaren F1’s Maintenance Costs 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Owning a car like a McLaren F1 includes much more than the initial sky-high cost to purchase one. As this ex-F1 owner asserts, the maintenance bill for an F1 is truly out-of-this-world.

The former owner, Bruce Weiner, purchased his F1 used for a cool $1.2 million. Perhaps a little ignorant of the costs associated with owning an F1, Weiner parted ways with the car after a few months of ownership upon discovering the insane amounts of money required to keep the legendary supercar on the road.

Weiner asserts that the previous owner of his F1 paid roughly $300,000 to have it sent back to the factory and repainted in Volcano Orange. When Weiner picked up the keys to his new ride, he discovered that many components of the F1 need to be replaced every few years, even if the car isn’t driven.

For example, the fuel cell needs to be changed every five years for roughly $100,000. Additionally, the clutch needs to be changed every 2-3 years and it costs $50,000 to replace the tires. Interestingly, Weiner says that the real expense of swapping the tires came from McLaren’s requirement for the owner to rent out a racetrack, hire a private driver, and pay a team of engineers to perfectly set up the supercar’s suspension systems to work in sync with the new rubber.

As crazy as these alleged costs are, we’re taking them with a grain of salt. After all, Weiner incorrectly claims that there were just 63 road-going F1s built (there were 64) and that the car used an “off-the-shelf” engine from BMW when in fact its 6.1-liter BMW V12 was bespoke and not used by any other car.

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Nothing Can Prepare You For A McLaren F1’s Maintenance Costs 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in mclaren, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Owning a car like a McLaren F1 includes much more than the initial sky-high cost to purchase one. As this ex-F1 owner asserts, the maintenance bill for an F1 is truly out-of-this-world.

The former owner, Bruce Weiner, purchased his F1 used for a cool $1.2 million. Perhaps a little ignorant of the costs associated with owning an F1, Weiner parted ways with the car after a few months of ownership upon discovering the insane amounts of money required to keep the legendary supercar on the road.

Weiner asserts that the previous owner of his F1 paid roughly $300,000 to have it sent back to the factory and repainted in Volcano Orange. When Weiner picked up the keys to his new ride, he discovered that many components of the F1 need to be replaced every few years, even if the car isn’t driven.

For example, the fuel cell needs to be changed every five years for roughly $100,000. Additionally, the clutch needs to be changed every 2-3 years and it costs $50,000 to replace the tires. Interestingly, Weiner says that the real expense of swapping the tires came from McLaren’s requirement for the owner to rent out a racetrack, hire a private driver, and pay a team of engineers to perfectly set up the supercar’s suspension systems to work in sync with the new rubber.

As crazy as these alleged costs are, we’re taking them with a grain of salt. After all, Weiner incorrectly claims that there were just 63 road-going F1s built (there were 64) and that the car used an “off-the-shelf” engine from BMW when in fact its 6.1-liter BMW V12 was bespoke and not used by any other car.

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Watch McLaren Sell The Last Senna For £2 Million 12
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, mclaren, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


McLaren did more to honor the late, great Ayrton Senna than naming its latest hypercar in his memory. It’s also donating a portion of the profits from each car sold to the Ayrton Senna Foundation. But one of them has raised more for the charity than all the others.

Though 499 of the 500 examples of the new McLaren Senna were sold before the vehicle was even revealed to the public, the final one was reserved for a charity auction.

As Shmee150 highlights in this video (via Motor1), the 500th Senna was sold during the McLaren Winter Ball at the company’s headquarters in Woking for an astonishing £2 million – plus taxes, working out to roughly $2.67 million at current exchange rates.

That’s a heck of a lot more than the £750,000 for which each of the other 499 examples was sold, and the entire sum is earmarked towards the foundation started by Ayrton’s sister to benefit underprivileged children in developing countries.

The Senna isn’t the first supercar we’ve seen named after a famous racing driver. McLaren itself produced the Stirling Moss-edition speedster of the Mercedes SLR. Bugatti named both the Veyron and the Chiron after drivers from its illustrious past. Ascari was named after the first two-time F1 world champion. Emerson Fittipaldi recently launched his own brand of supercars. And the Pagani Zonda, lest we forget, was originally supposed to be named after Juan Manuel Fangio.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Vs McLaren 570S In Fight Of Everyday Supercars 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi R8, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 570S, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Both the Audi R8 and the McLaren 570, be it in S or GT version, are marketed by their manufacturers as combining supercar performance (and looks…) with everyday usability, which makes them natural rivals.

Before you give us your best guess regarding which one of these two cars is faster in a straight line, you should know how they stack up on paper.

The Audi R8 V10 Plus has bragging rights when it comes to power, sending 610 PS (601 HP) to all four wheels, together with 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The output and the grip should, naturally, give it an advantage off the line.

Then again, McLaren has been known to be a bit conservative when it comes to its models’ power output figures, and the 570S is already pretty impressive in that department with 570 PS / 562 HP and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, according to the manufacturer.

Both cars can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, and max out upwards of 328 km/h (203 mph) – the Audi will actually do 330 km/h (205 mph) flat.

Thanks to Archie Hamilton Racing, we get to see the two supercars go at each other multiple times, from a standing start as well as from a roll. As for the winner, sorry, but there are no spoilers here; you’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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New McLaren Senna Is A 798HP Street-Legal Hypercar For The Track 10
Dec
Posted by John Halas in featured, Galleries, Geneva Motor Show, mclaren, McLaren Senna, McLaren Videos, new cars, Top 5, video on 12 10th, 2017


McLaren has finally introduced its long-anticipated hypercar, which we came to know under its P15 internal codename over the past year, as the Senna. It’s not exactly a direct replacement for the P1 as it will sit next to the brand’s upcoming three-seater BP23.

The latest and newest member of McLaren’s Ultimate Series carries the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, who won all three of his F1 driver titles with the team in 1988, 1990 and 1991.

Why would I want one?

If its name or visceral racecar looks aren’t a good enough reason, then perhaps the fact that McLaren itself describes the Senna as the brand’s most extreme road car ever – and yes, despite being developed primarily for the track, it’s completely street-legal, could tip the scales to its favor.

“The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren’s motorsport DNA, legalized for road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit,” says McLaren boss, Mike Flewitt. “Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can.”

The Senna’s ultra-lightweight construction, with a carbon fiber chassis that’s a further development of the 720S platform and body panels, help it achieve an incredibly low dry weight at just 1,198kg (2,641lbs), making it the brand’s lightest road car since the iconic McLaren F1. For those of you keeping track, that’s around 220kg or 485 pounds less than the already lightweight McLaren 720S.

Beyond the aero-honed teardrop shape, the Senna gets a slew of extreme, latest generation front and rear active aerodynamics, which McLaren says, raise downforce and aero control to an “unprecedented level”. We could talk about the aero blades that will be available in various colors, the movable flaps hidden in the air intakes, but the most visual drama comes from the massive rear wing.

What makes it tick?

Powering the Senna is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 placed behind the driver mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that turns the rear wheels. It produces 800PS (789bhp) and 800Nm (590 lb ft) of peak torque, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS/650HP-per-tonne.

The Woking company won’t say how fast it is yet, simply stating that it will have “savage performance”. Still, a 0-60mph (96km/h) in 2.5 seconds or less and a top speed of over 200mph (320km/h) should be expected from the most powerful road-legal McLaren ever.

Putting all those horses on the tarmac is a revised version of the P1’s independent double-wishbone suspension with hydraulic adaptive dampers and anti-roll bars that McLaren names RaceActive Chassis Control II (RCC II).

The adaptive dampers are interconnected hydraulically, both left to right and front to back, with two valves per damper to independently adjust for compression and rebound. The stiffness of the Senna is separately controlled using a kinetic roll system, or K-damper. In addition to the Comfort, Sport and Track settings we’ve seen on the P1 and 720S, the Senna also gets a newly developed Race mode. The latter introduces a lower ride height, lower centre of gravity and significantly stiffer suspension.

McLaren says the braking system of the Senna is the most advanced it has ever made for a road car (you’ve probably noticed a pattern here), using carbon ceramic discs and motorsport technologies. The Senna rides on bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires that were designed for race tracks but approved for road use.

“The McLaren Senna delivers true performance, all the way to the limit of a driver’s ability,” says McLaren Ultimate Series boss, Andy Palmer. “With a truly astonishing power-to-weight ratio, this car is about performance that is accessible and attainable, yet at the same time exciting and challenging for the very best drivers in the world – and with an intense, sensory experience to match.”

Tell me about the cabin

Before you enter the car, you have to operate the top-hinged doors that are constructed from carbon fiber and feature two-piece glass side windows with a fixed top part and a smaller opening section below. McLaren says the glass layout enhances the sense of space inside the cockpit, but if you want to go to extremes, you can switch the lower portions for carbon fiber panels, in which case, the interior will be a darker place.

The cabin itself is an ode to minimalism offering the bare essentials. That means super lightweight seats with hardly any padding, while many items such as the door handles, engine start button and window switches have been positioned on the roof. The three-spoke steering wheel is free of buttons and switches, while a very simple and narrow screen in front of the driver informs about engine revs, the gear selected and speed. All other information and settings comes from the high-definition McLaren Folding Driver Display and central infotainment screen.

Good luck trying to carry anything other than a couple of helmets and racing suits as storage space is restricted to a chamber behind the seats.

Can I afford it?

Probably not, but even if you did have the £750,000 it costs in the UK with taxes at your disposal, and which comes to around $1 million at today’s rates, all 500 hand-built cars have been spoken for. The last example was sold in an auction for £2 million or $2.7 million with the proceeds to benefit the Senna Foundation.

We’ll have the opportunity to see the new Senna in the flesh at next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. Production of the car will begin in the third quarter of 2018.

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First Images Of New McLaren Senna Track-Focused Hypercar 9
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, mclaren, McLaren Senna, new cars, Reports, Top 5 on 12 9th, 2017


Images have just leaked online which show McLaren’s recently-announced P15 hypercar, officially dubbed the McLaren Senna.

Set to premiere in full in just a couple of hours, the McLaren Senna is the latest model in the Ultimate Series family of models. Reports claim that the Senna will be powered by an upgraded version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 of the 720S, outfitted with bespoke internals and new turbochargers. It should deliver roughly 789 hp.

Underpinning the Senna will be McLaren’s Monocage II carbon fiber tub, ensuring that the hypercar weighs less than 1,300 kg. This should result in a power-to-weight ratio that easily eclipses that of the hybrid P1.

These leaked images showcase the hypercar’s curious design. Up front, it takes obvious design inspiration from the 720S, with similar headlights but a more pronounced splitter. Elsewhere, we can see that the P15 has transparent panels in the doors, a glass canopy and a small roof scoop. Additionally, there is a towering rear wing with swan neck uprights and a set of center-locking wheels. Odd is an understatement.

Just 500 units of the McLaren Senna are apparently scheduled for production.

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Do These HRE Rims Make The McLaren 720S Look Better? 8
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in HRE, mclaren, McLaren 720S, Wheels on 12 8th, 2017


McLaren’s latest addition to the Super Series range, the 720S, made a name for itself very quickly after demolishing almost all of its contenders, even ones with significantly more power, in a straight line.

We have no doubt it will be a hit with customers, some of which might want to personalize theirs by fitting a set of custom rims. One of the companies they can put on the list is HRE, which has already made a set of custom rims for the 720S, the P103, and is now launching a new one.

Named P204, the monoblock forged alloys are available in 20, 21, and 22 inches and come in a wide range of finishes, from the Brushed Titanium ones seen here, to more extravagant colors that such as Frozen Polished Purple or Stone Green, to name just a few.

If they look somewhat familiar, it’s because they are already worn by the Ferrari F12tdf, Lamborghini Aventador SV, Acura NSX and Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe. Mind you, they start from $11,200 per set – but, hey, if you can afford a 720S, this shouldn’t be an issue.

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MSO Comes Up With New Shade Of White, Demoed By 570S Spider 7
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in mclaren, McLaren 570S, MSO on 12 7th, 2017


Dubbed ‘Muriwai White’ the new color pays homage to the New Zealand coastal community, Muriwai, where Bruce McLaren won his first race at the age of 15.

It’s also the name chosen for his family house in England, which was panted in a blueish-white color, much like the one you see on this McLaren 570S Spider.

MSO’s Muriwai White paint is white with blue flecks, inspired by the whitewashed walls, deep blue doors and shutters of the old McLaren homestead.

Bruce McLaren’s daughter, Amanda McLaren herself worked with MSO in order to develop this color, before returning to her childhood home in the first 570S Spider to be finished in Muriwai White.

“Muriwai was always special to my father; the exotic name as much as the house. Forty-two kilometers’ northwest of Auckland, it’s where he grew up and won his first hill climb, aged 15, at the wheel of an Ulster Austin which remains in McLaren’s heritage collection in Woking.”

“I’m sure my parents would have loved this ‘Muriwai’ color, and they would be so proud of the 570S Spider and the other McLaren road cars, as that is where my father saw the future of the company,” said Amanda McLaren.

Moving forward, MSO will be offering Muriwai White as an ‘a la carte option’, available on any McLaren road car.

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It Takes 1,250 HP To Put McLaren 720S In A Corner 4
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, tuning, video on 12 4th, 2017


Godzilla has been trying to slay the McLaren 720S for quite some time now, and after failing to do so using 720 HP and 930 HP respectively, this latest GT-R came prepared.

After seeing this stock 720S run circles around a 930 HP Nissan GT-R last week, we became even more curious as to what it would take to finally beat the McLaren in a straight line – and by that we mean destroy it like it has destroyed all of its opponents thus far.

Here’s today’s contender: A 1,250 HP (1,108 WHP) twin turbo Nissan GT-R, sipping E85 fuel and wearing an ETS 3582r Turbo kit, among multiple other mods.

While racing against the McLaren, the Nissan managed to get from 60 to 130 mph (96 km/h – 209 km/h) in just 4.0 seconds, and from 100 to 150 mph (161 km/h – 241 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Yes, that is extremely fast, even by hypercar standards.

The two cars raced twice, where the Nissan went with a Low Boost setting for the second race, putting down “only” 920 HP. Let’s just say that allowed the 720S to get some of its dignity back, after how things went down in the initial sprint.

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It Takes 1,250 HP To Put McLaren 720S In A Corner 4
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, tuning, video on 12 4th, 2017


Godzilla has been trying to slay the McLaren 720S for quite some time now, and after failing to do so using 720 HP and 930 HP respectively, this latest GT-R came prepared.

After seeing this stock 720S run circles around a 930 HP Nissan GT-R last week, we became even more curious as to what it would take to finally beat the McLaren in a straight line – and by that we mean destroy it like it has destroyed all of its opponents thus far.

Here’s today’s contender: A 1,250 HP (1,108 WHP) twin turbo Nissan GT-R, sipping E85 fuel and wearing an ETS 3582r Turbo kit, among multiple other mods.

While racing against the McLaren, the Nissan managed to get from 60 to 130 mph (96 km/h – 209 km/h) in just 4.0 seconds, and from 100 to 150 mph (161 km/h – 241 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Yes, that is extremely fast, even by hypercar standards.

The two cars raced twice, where the Nissan went with a Low Boost setting for the second race, putting down “only” 920 HP. Let’s just say that allowed the 720S to get some of its dignity back, after how things went down in the initial sprint.

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930 HP Nissan GT-R Humiliated By Stock McLaren 720S… Wait, What? 1
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, tuning, video on 12 1st, 2017


Alright McLaren, you win, we give up. The things your latest supercar can do with “just” 710 HP are absurd. So far it’s beaten lots of challengers, but to smoke a 930 HP GT-R? That’s nuts.

In fact, the 720S is so fast, it might just be how The Hulk gets back to Earth to fight Thanos in next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” movie, after the events of “Thor: Ragnarok”.

Marvell jokes aside, just a few days ago we saw the 720S defeat a 720 HP GT-R – and yes, the McLaren is lighter on its feet, but to do the same to a 930 HP example? That’s simply incredible!

Also, this isn’t a case of the 720S pulling ahead at the beginning, covering a 1/4 mile and then getting caught up by the Nissan at very high speeds. Nope: it smokes the GT-R from the get go and maintains its advantage for about 14 seconds before its opponent even thinks about starting to catch up.

Now the question is, if a 930 HP Nissan GT-R is no match, what will it take to outrun a 720S? Something with 1,000 or 1,200 HP? We have a feeling we might soon find out.

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720 HP Nissan GT-R Challenges Unbeaten McLaren 720S 27
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, tuning, video on 11 27th, 2017


It seems that some people are hell-bent on finding out just how dominant the McLaren 720S is, and what it takes in order to put its name in the loss column.

Of course, we’re thankful for that, because if it wasn’t for the owners of these cars, we would probably need to wait for Top Gear or The Grand Tour to show us what it would take to beat a McLaren 720S – and you’re never guaranteed such a segment wouldn’t take a turn for the comical, instead of being performance-oriented.

Alas, let’s run through what happened here between this stock 720S and a modded Nissan GT-R, putting down 720 horses of its own.

The GT-R features bolt-on mods and is running on E85 fuel, pushing out some 625 WHP, bringing the crank total to McLaren 720S levels. Then again, McLaren have apparently been holding back on the 720S’ real numbers, as it might actually put down in excess of 800 HP.

Both cars did standing and rolling starts, and you might say that the result is somewhat surprising, despite everything we already know about the 720S.

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