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Ferrari SUV Rendering Looks Hideously Wrong 3
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, mclaren, Renderings, SUV on 01 3rd, 2018


If a Ferrari 812 Superfast and an Alfa Romeo Stelvio could have a baby, it would probably look something this.

The internet oddity is the work of KleberSilva, and while some would immediately compare it to Lamborghini’s Urus, it’s in fact smaller, and it might be just us, but uglier as well.

Nevertheless, as strange as a Ferrari-badged SUV sounds, rumors about the Italian car marque considering expanding their lineup have persisted for years. Such a vehicle would help them produce more than 10,000 units annually, bringing in extra cash for the exotic Italian brand.

Inevitably, having Lamborghini and Ferrari chase after the booming SUV segments throws the ball into McLaren’s yard, and a completely different set of renderings, posted by JoseRodriguezNebreda, reveals how a Woking-made high-riding vehicle would look like, inspired by the P1 hybrid hypercar.

It doesn’t exactly do justice to the McLaren name, but the automaker continues to dismiss working on an SUV, adding that they’ll continue to focus their attention on sports cars and supercars.

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Mercedes Wanted To Rekindle McLaren Partnership In Formula 1 31
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, mclaren, mercedes, Motorsport, racing on 12 31st, 2017


Once McLaren determined that it was time to move on from its troubled relationship with Honda, it looked at all the options, including teaming back up with Mercedes. In the end, it chose Renault’s powertrains, which, according to Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff, is a shame..

“We wanted to give McLaren an engine,” Wolff told ESPN, according to AutoWeek. “The problem is that it dragged on for a long time and we just didn’t have the structure in place and the capacity to supply them an engine for 2018. It was simply too late.”

The implication is that Mercedes took too long in working out a deal. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t come together again at some point down the line, just as McLaren could with Honda. “You must never rule out supplying anybody in the future,” said Wolff, “and this is why McLaren or anyone else in the future could be a partner.”

McLaren held the place of honor as Mercedes’ factory-backed team of choice for some 20 years, yielding 76 checkered flags, two drivers’ championships and one constructors’ title, plus the the road-going SLR supercar. The partnership started to unravel after Mercedes took over the Honda/Brawn team in 2010, and ended completely in 2015 when McLaren rekindled its past relationship with Honda as an engine supplier. However, unlike the previous partnership, which lasted from 1988 to 1993 and was a huge success with four consecutive drivers’ and team’s championships, this time around it was a disaster, hence its early termination.

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Mercedes Wanted To Rekindle McLaren Partnership In Formula 1 31
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, mclaren, mercedes, Motorsport, racing on 12 31st, 2017


Once McLaren determined that it was time to move on from its troubled relationship with Honda, it looked at all the options, including teaming back up with Mercedes. In the end, it chose Renault’s powertrains, which, according to Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff, is a shame..

“We wanted to give McLaren an engine,” Wolff told ESPN, according to AutoWeek. “The problem is that it dragged on for a long time and we just didn’t have the structure in place and the capacity to supply them an engine for 2018. It was simply too late.”

The implication is that Mercedes took too long in working out a deal. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t come together again at some point down the line, just as McLaren could with Honda. “You must never rule out supplying anybody in the future,” said Wolff, “and this is why McLaren or anyone else in the future could be a partner.”

McLaren held the place of honor as Mercedes’ factory-backed team of choice for some 20 years, yielding 76 checkered flags, two drivers’ championships and one constructors’ title, plus the the road-going SLR supercar. The partnership started to unravel after Mercedes took over the Honda/Brawn team in 2010, and ended completely in 2015 when McLaren rekindled its past relationship with Honda as an engine supplier. However, unlike the previous partnership, which lasted from 1988 to 1993 and was a huge success with four consecutive drivers’ and team’s championships, this time around it was a disaster, hence its early termination.

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Get A Load Of The All-Conquering McLaren 720S In POV Action 28
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, video on 12 28th, 2017


We’ve seen it become one of the most coveted supercars of the year, easily eclipsing its non-too-shabby predecessor, and we’ve also witnessed it outrun some very potent machines on the drag strip, but what is it like to drive a McLaren 720S?

Very exciting sums it up pretty well, especially on a twisty road, where its clever aerodynamic come to life, aided by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which, according to Woking, is 41 percent new compared to the 3.8-liter unit of the 650S.

In the 720S, it puts out 720PS (710hp) (thus the name) and 770Nm (568lb-ft) of torque to the ground through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the supercar to complete the 0 to 100km/h (0-62mph) sprint in just 2.9 seconds. Give it enough space, and it will eventually top out at 341km/h (212mph).

These numbers easily beat those of its direct rivals, such as the Lamborghini Huracan and Ferrari 488 GTB. In fact, to find a supercar that’s capable of standing next to a McLaren 720S would mean upgrading to a Lamborghini Aventador S and Ferrari 812 Superfast, and even then, the Woking-made beast could prove to be superior – but that remains to be seen.

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McLaren Could Hook Back Up With Honda Down The Road 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, mclaren, McLaren-Honda, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 25th, 2017


Given how things turned out between McLaren and Honda, you’d think the prospect of the two ever partnering again would be completely out of the question. But the team’s executive director Zak Brown says otherwise.

“We are grateful to Honda,” said Brown in a television interview with Sky Sports (as cited by The Drive). “They’re a great company, with great people, and the relationship was always strong. The relationship still is strong.”

“Wouldn’t rule out racing with them again, wish them the best but we needed to make some tough decisions to do what’s in our best interest.” Seriously? “Oh of course, absolutely,” confirmed Brown.

This after three years of frustrations that saw McLaren saddled by an underperforming and unreliable Honda engine package that’s largely blamed for the team’s poor performance. In fact, these past three seasons have been the worst in McLaren’s history since the late 1970s and early 1980s, before (now ousted chairman) Ron Dennis took over and ushered the team into the second most accomplished in the Formula One record books.

That includes a previous partnership in the late 1980s and early 90s that yielded four consecutive world championships with drivers like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost behind the wheel. Maybe it’s those glory days to which Brown is looking back. But for now, McLaren’s moving on to Renault power, leaving Honda to work out the kinks with Toro Rosso instead.

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McLaren 720S Dismisses Golden Rule, Takes On Tuned 911 Turbo 22
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Film, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 12 22nd, 2017


As most drag racing aficionados know, going up against a Porsche 911 Turbo S is already hard enough, so why challenge one that’s pushing 675 horses at the crank?

Well, that may not be that big of a problem for the new king of the drag strip that is the McLaren 720S – whose name doesn’t even come close to revealing how much power it actually has.

However, unlike the McLaren, the 911 Turbo S has all-wheel drive for better grip off the line, and this particular one is rocking about 100 HP more than a stock model.

So, it ought to be close, right? At least of the line. That’s what we were thinking initially, since a stock Turbo S needs just 2.9 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph), as does the 720S.

Without further ado, here’s what happened when these two titans faced off on the drag strip.

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McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin Joins Aston Martin 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, mclaren, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


British racing driver and McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin has left his role in Woking to join Aston Martin.

Goodwin helped develop McLaren’s entire modern car range, including the P1, 720S, and more recently the Senna, while he provided his feedback in future models like the BP23 three-seater.

His job description in Aston Martin reads “Expert High Performance Test Driver”, and he’ll help develop new models like the Valkyrie hypercar, the DBX which is the brand’s first SUV, as well as an unnamed-yet mid-engined supercar.

Aston Martin has also announced the hiring of Simone Rizzuto, previously responsible for vehicle performance testing at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics.

“I’m thrilled to have people of Chris and Simone’s calibre join Aston Martin’s already stellar engineering and dynamics team,” said Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer. “Their decision is a great endorsement of our future plans, while the skills and experience they bring is second to none.”

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McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin Joins Aston Martin 22
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ASTON MARTIN, mclaren, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


British racing driver and McLaren’s Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin has left his role in Woking to join Aston Martin.

Goodwin helped develop McLaren’s entire modern car range, including the P1, 720S, and more recently the Senna, while he provided his feedback in future models like the BP23 three-seater.

His job description in Aston Martin reads “Expert High Performance Test Driver”, and he’ll help develop new models like the Valkyrie hypercar, the DBX which is the brand’s first SUV, as well as an unnamed-yet mid-engined supercar.

Aston Martin has also announced the hiring of Simone Rizzuto, previously responsible for vehicle performance testing at Maserati and Alfa Romeo, as Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics.

“I’m thrilled to have people of Chris and Simone’s calibre join Aston Martin’s already stellar engineering and dynamics team,” said Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer. “Their decision is a great endorsement of our future plans, while the skills and experience they bring is second to none.”

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McLaren Confirms Testing EV Supercar, Production Model Still Years Away 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, mclaren, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


McLaren aren’t ditching the idea of developing a zero-emission hypercar, but the road to get there is very demanding and the current battery technology isn’t helping them, either.

Nevertheless, Woking has an all-electric mule out there, as confirmed to Autocar by the company’s engineering design director Dan Parry-Williams.

“We’ve got a pure EV mule, and part of the reason for that is to ask how we can deliver driver engagement in a fully electric world. But there’s still quite a journey from here to there, in terms of our products”, Parry-Williams said.

The McLaren exec added that, despite the investment made “into energy-dense batteries rather than power density”, the current technology remains the biggest challenge when developing a high-performance electric vehicle.

“Let’s say you want to drive on track for half an hour. If that was an EV, that car would have over 500 miles of (road) EV range, and it would be flat as a pancake at the end. The energy required to do really high performance on track is staggering. And then you have to recharge it”, he added.

As a result, a fully electric McLaren is still somewhere in the future. Nevertheless, the automaker will launch electrified models, in accordance with their ‘Track 22’ business plan that calls for half of their cars to utilize a hybrid powertrain by 2022.

Note: McLaren P1 pictured

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McLaren Senna Gives Aftermarket Wheels A Virtual Shot 21
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in mclaren, McLaren Senna, new cars, Renderings on 12 21st, 2017


Somehow, we don’t think the new limited production McLaren Senna will end up being a poster child of the aftermarket industry, but try telling that to the Photoshop community.

Sketched by RukTechnology and shared on social media, the Woking beast tries on a set of larger ADV.1 wheels, with a multi-spoke pattern and a dual-tone finish that matches the rest of the bodywork.

Speaking of which, you can probably tell by now that this McLaren Senna sports a special paint combo, with two shades of grey, and blue accents applied to the lower area. The latter is the dominant color inside too, where it has been digitally applied to the seats, dashboard, and even the steering wheel, from what we can tell from the rendering.

Despite its controversial design, all 500 units of the McLaren Senna have been spoken for. Each owner had to pay £750,000 ($1,004,490) in Britain for the hand-built machine, and now they have to wait until the end of next year to take delivery, as production will kick off in the third quarter of 2018.



McLaren Opens Dedicated F1 Service Center In The U.S. 19
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in mclaren, McLaren F1 on 12 19th, 2017


The McLaren F1 went out of production nearly two decades ago but that hasn’t stopped the company from opening a specialized service center in Pennsylvania to accommodate the iconic supercar.

Set to become one of two authorized service centers outside of McLaren Special Operations in the United Kingdom, the Pennsylvania facility is operated by McLaren Philadelphia and is located at an undisclosed location to “ensure customer discretion and privacy.”

Besides the secrecy, the service center has one of the original sets of tooling required to service the F1 as well as specially trained technicians who have been taught by MSO. McLaren says the techs can do everything from basic maintenance to “full system refreshes and even major renovations.”

Of course, owning an McLaren F1 is a tad different than your typical family car and the company notes an annual service involves a “meticulous level of inspection to the vehicle, including fluids, filters and wiper blade replacements and a full suspension inspection.” After the service is complete, the car undergoes a full shakedown at a test track or runway to ensure everything is up to snuff.

While it seems odd that McLaren would go through the trouble of opening a dedicated service center for a limited production model that is nearly 20 years old, McLaren North America President Tony Joseph said servicing an F1 is not a quick process. As he explained, “For North American owners, when you add up the time the actual service takes, with transport time to and from the U.K. – it equals a lot of time away from their vehicle. Having a service center in North America will allow us to drastically cut back on transport time and gives us an authorized facility that prioritizes North American F1s and owners.”

McLaren F1 owners who are the west coast also received some good news as the company confirmed a McLaren F1 Service Center will open in the region sometime in the future.

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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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