November 21, 2018

McLaren Unveils The Speedtail

The McLaren Speedtail
The McLaren Speedtail

This is the McLaren Speedtail, a car the company is calling a ‘Hyper-GT’.

Built using a carbon fibre monocage body structure, and with an aerodynamic design that makes it the most aero-drag efficient McLaren, the Speedtail also has a seating arrangement like that of the amazing F1, with a central driving position and two additional passenger seats.

Powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that delivers a combined 1050PS (1035hp), the Speedtail will, McLaren says, be capable of getting from 0-300km/h in 12.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 403km/h.

While the aerodynamics is delivered by some cool technology – including active rear ailerons and retractable rear-view cameras in lieu of mirrors – there’s plenty of other cool stuff going on here. Inside, there a state-of-the-art control system with hi-def displays and touchscreens that sweep across the dashboard and remove almost every button and switch traditionally found in a car, and the interior is, of course, beautifully rendered with top class materials and design.

McLaren says the scope for personalisation of the Speedtail will ensure that each unit will be unique to its owner and just 106 examples are to be built – all of which are already reserved at a price from £1.75 million ($AUD3.16 million) plus taxes.