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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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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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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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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 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 F1 GTR Doubles As A Christmas Tree Transporter 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, McLaren F1, McLaren Videos, Offbeat News, racing, video on 12 19th, 2017


This time last year, we saw numerous videos of expensive supercars carrying Christmas trees in time for the holiday season. What better way to join in on this trend than with a McLaren F1 GTR?

The owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, decided to end the Christmas tree transport game by seeing if his eight-figure supercar was up for the task.

Seeing a race-winning McLaren F1 GTR like this on the road would be extremely special. However, we imagine seeing one carrying a Christmas tree without a care in the world would be enough to get anyone into the Christmas spirit.

We actually saw this F1 GTR at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, posing alongside a street-legal P1 GTR with an identical Lark livery. The F1 GTR competed in the Japanese GT Championship and has since been converted into a road-legal masterpiece.

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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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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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