- 0-186mph in 12.8 seconds
- 106 examples to be built
- First deliveries 2020
McLaren’s new £1.75 million Speedtail hypercar
This three-seater, 250mph monster is inspired by the classic McLaren F1 of the 1990s. Just 106 will be made, and they’ve all been sold.
Described by McLaren as the ultimate GT for the road, the Speedtail echoes the McLaren F1 three-seater supercar of the ‘90s, and like the brand’s icon ahas three seats and is limited to 106 examples. Each Speedtail is already sold, and there’s a waiting list of twice that for any cancellations, even though the cars won’t be delivered to customers until 2020.
Unlike the equally outrageous McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar, the Speedtail will not have an electric-only mode. Instead, the battery cells and motors are there simply to increase acceleration and the car’s top speed. It’s so fast that McLaren haven’t even bothered to announce a 0-62mph time (although it’ll be well under three seconds), but McLaren is committing the car to a 0-186mph (300km/h) time of 12.8 seconds, and a top speed of 250mph.
To achieve the Speedtail’s eyeball-crushing speed, the car will be built to a weight of just 1,430kg, which is incredibly light for a car with an engine, battery and motors. The McLaren diet consists of a carbon-fibre body, aluminium suspension and carbon ceramic brakes. The interior, however, has not undergone the same extreme paring-back, because McLaren wants this car to be a grand tourer, used to travel vast distances in comfort. The three seats are clothed in soft leather, which also covers the footwells. The driver sits in the centre of the car, with two rear passengers positioned either side of the driver, their seats slightly overlapping with the one in front, so the driver will get a good view of his passengers’ legs. The front dash wraps around the driver, with a range of screens to display all functions curving round the inside, while the automatic gearbox buttons - D for Drive, etc - sit above the driver in the ceiling.
Each Speedtail will go through McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) department, which will decorate and accessorise the car to the owner’s specification, with the result that no two Speedtails will be alike. As an example, the car we’ve seen had a McLaren badge on the bonnet made of carbonfibre weaved with gold, made in Birmingham by the people who make the FA Cup. It’s a £50k option, of course.