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Hobbs & Shaw: A McLaren, a McGuffin, banter, and plenty of action | Ars Technica
Jason Statham, The Rock, and Idris Elba star in this Fast and Furious spinoff.
It's August, the height of summer, and that means it's time for the season's traditional tent pole action movies. Hobbs & Shaw, the new Fast & Furious spinoff starring Idris Elba, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vanessa Kirby, and Jason Statham has just reached the cinemas, and to say I'd been looking forward to catching up with the franchise's latest is an understatement.
The Rock is Luke Hobbs, an "always gets his man" type working for the US Diplomatic Security Service. Statham plays Deckard Shaw, a former British spec-ops fellow. Both characters were introduced in previous movies as antiheroes, but after teaming up—kind of—in 2017's Fate of the Furious, the forces of destiny (or the writers) have thrown them together in a buddy movie.
I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but there's a McGuffin, and Brixton—played by Idris Elba—wants it. He wants it bad. The problem is, the McGuffin has been injected into Vanessa Kirby's Hattie Shaw, MI6 spy and Deckard's sister. Obviously neither the Shaws nor Hobbses want Brixton to get his hands on the McGuffin, and the story goes from there.
It's not groundbreaking stuff. Director David Leitch is not re-writing the rules of narrative cinema. The film is formulaic. But it's a formula that's proven to work in the past, and it does so again in Hobbs & Shaw. This is a movie with a lot of action. A lot. Ignore complaints that the trailer gives the movie away—in films like this the plot is merely something that keeps us moving from fight scene to set piece to fight scene to set piece. Oh, and because it's a Fast and Furious film, there's the occasional bit of wholesome positivity about the importance of family or working together as a team.
Hobbs and Shaw bicker at each other throughout the movie. It's wonderful. The Stath appears at times to reprise his Rick Ford character from Spy, and we've seen the Rock crack wise in everything from The Rundown to Baywatch, so it's no surprise they're both great at it here. Kirby succeeds in holding her own; refreshingly the movie avoids the damsel in distress trope. Elba's performance is less humorous, but that's OK—he's the bad guy. And there are some great supporting actors, including Eddie Marsan, Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren, and Cliff Curtis.
cars  movies  action  adventure  f&f  mclaren  review 
17 days ago by rgl7194
McLaren Rolls Out a Special 600LT Spider Pikes Peak Collection
The special-edition McLaren 600LT Spiders are outfitted in bespoke liveries to celebrate the Pikes Peak hill-climb.
Commissioned by McLaren's dealer in Denver, Colorado, through McLaren Special Operations (MSO), six specially equipped 600LT Spiders celebrate the historic Pikes Peak hill-climb.
Matte black and gold accents dress up the exteriors while additional satin gold embellishments do the same inside.
All six come with the MSO Club Sport package which adds additional carbon-fiber and titanium parts.
A sextet of special edition McLaren 600LT Spiders has been outfitted in bespoke liveries to celebrate the historic Pikes Peak hill-climb. All six cars wear matte black and gold stripes on their hoods and roof, and they all roll on gold-colored Speedline wheels.
Satin gold accents adorn the interiors as well; a center stripe on the steering wheel as well as the paddle shifters for the automatic transmission are both highlighted in gold, as is the special-edition Pikes Peak embroidery on the headrest of each of the sport seats. All six come with a dedication plaque certifying they are part of the extremely limited group.
All of the six cars pictured here come equipped with optional MSO Club Sport package, which adds a host of carbon-fiber body parts, carbon-fiber racing seats, and titanium wheel bolts. None receive any additional performance-enhancing tech–not that they need them, since they come with the same 592-hp twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine as the standard 600LT and 600LT Spider.
The cars were commissioned through McLaren Special Operations by the Denver McLaren dealer and will be sold to six lucky buyers for an undisclosed sum. The unembellished 600LT Spider carries a price of $256,500.
cars  mclaren  convertible 
23 days ago by rgl7194
More Hot Wheels N Case surprises. Wheel Collectors got the Walmart N Zamac Case as well. – theLamleyGroup
Call this a fun mixup. As Wheel Collectors was plowing through the pallet of N Cases Mattel sent, one at the bottom looked a little different. The code suggested a US Case, and even more so, a Zamac Case.
For a pallet that already produced the highly-anticipated Bugatti Chiron, as well as a surprising group of Supers from the previous M Case, an unexpected Zamac case was right in line.
So they opened it. And filmed it.
I put a condensed “Rapid Unboxing” video on my channel, and the full video with Matt’s energetic commentary is there too. Enjoy.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  zamac  mclaren  video 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Gordon Murray's McLaren F1 Successor Will Rock V-12 Engine That'll Rev to 12K RPM, Manual Gearbox - The Drive
This three-seater hypercar will be extremely lightweight and have an underbody fan that sucks it onto the ground.
Automotive legend and racing engineer Gordon Murray has reached a near-mythical status thanks to his involvement with projects like the Brabham BT46B and McLaren F1, which are the forerunners of modern hypercars. For various reasons, said McLaren has become one of the world's most sought-after performance cars, and on the rare occasion that an example surfaces for sale, it can easily net eight figures. Now, he's about to release his sequel to the car under his own name, as a hypercar called the T.50. 
It won't exist to take records, or to win races; Murray simply intends for the T.50 to be the greatest, most pleasurable road car ever built.
"I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration," Murray stated. "Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built—but, rest assured, it will be quick."
cars  mclaren  hypercar  technology  2020s  engine 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
McLaren GT Supercar Debuts May 15 - New Photos of the Grand Tourer
CEO Mike Flewitt announced the new model at the Geneva auto show and said it will share DNA with the Speedtail.
New McLaren "Grand Tourer" announced at the Geneva auto show.
It will share DNA with the three-seater Speedtail hypercar when it launches later this year.
The new car won't fit into the existing McLaren model hierarchy.
UPDATE 5/7/19: Today McLaren announced that its new supercar, which it is now just calling the GT, will make its full debut on May 15. The brand also released the first teaser photos and video of its new car without camouflage, albeit in a dark and moody studio. (We took the liberty of enhancing and brightening up the images.) This gives us a close-up look at the air intakes, rear end, lights, and some other details of the GT.
cars  mclaren  preview  2020s  auto_show 
may 2019 by rgl7194
2020 McLaren GT Supercar – Details, Specs, Pricing, Release Date
McLaren's newest supercar doesn't fit into its existing model hierarchy.
The mid-engined McLaren GT, which was first announced in March at the Geneva auto show, is a new model aimed at classic front-engined grand tourers.
The GT is a pure two-seater on a modified version of the Monocell-T carbon-fiber tub, but it still boasts nearly 15 cubic feet of rear storage space.
McLaren quotes a 3.1-second zero-to-60-mph time, a 9.0-second zero-to-124-mph time, and a 203-mph top speed.
England's posher automakers seem to be engaged in an artillery duel. Recently, Aston Martin has announced plans to launch two mid-engined supercars clearly aimed at Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, as previewed by the AM-RB 003 and Vanquish concepts. Now McLaren seems to be getting its retaliation in first with a car whose luxurious mission is implicit within its name: the GT.
Of course, McLaren has used GT branding before, but the outgoing 570GT was a member of the brand’s entry Sports Series. The new GT—which stands for Grand Tourer—is a model in its own right, and McLaren says it doesn't fit into the existing model hierarchy of Sports, Super, and Ultimate Series. We’re promised it will offer unprecedented levels of both practicality and comfort, despite having a mid-mounted powerplant in a part of the market where cars traditionally stow their engines up front.
cars  mclaren  preview  2020s  auto_show 
may 2019 by rgl7194
This is McLaren's new 'Rule-Breaking' Grand Tourer | DriveTribe
After initially teasing a new model during the Geneva Motor show, McLaren has finally showed us its new 'rule-breaking' Grand Tourer in more detail. While still wearing a shrink-wrapped camouflage livery, McLaren has dropped the form-disguising body panels and revealed its new car's shape.
It's meant to share some of the DNA from the upcoming 240mph+ Speedtail, and you can see some of that in the elongated rear engine deck and the slightly concave headlights.
McLaren promises a 'clean' and 'sleek' design, and that looks to be the case. The 'McLaren of Grand Tourers' looks sleek and elegant, just like most McLarens really.
In case you are curious about the random numbers scattered across the livery, McLaren says they are meant to refer to the number of Grand Tourer rules the 'McLaren Of Grand Tourers' is going to break. McLaren promises to begin peeling off this disguise on 7 May.
mclaren  cars  preview 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Would You 'Wing-Delete' the McLaren Senna? | DriveTribe
I always stated that McLaren's newest track car is as ugly as it is heavy, and that is chiefly because of the wing. Other than the ridiculous shape of the pillars holding it, it's also mounted way too close to the greenhouse. I understand that the wing serves the purpose, but it looks stupid, and it could've been done better.
Just compare it to the Senna GTR and tell me that the pillars couldn't have been pushed further back and angled?
WHAT IF WE JUST REMOVE THE WING?
A UK based petrolhead and photoshop guru YasidDesign just posted on his Instagram a series of images showing the McLaren Senna without the wing. It's also sitting one some weird-looking GOVAD forged wheels and is lowered even more than the standard Senna.
But the main thing is wing delete, and would you just LOOK AT IT 👇
Suddenly it's the best looking McLaren on sale today, and it's trading blows with my all-time favorite MaCa, the P1 GTR! Without the wing getting in your way you can clearly see the layering of carbon-fiber blades surrounding the engine, but also some really cool looking vertical blades running down the rear hips and helping with the straight line stability.
It looks amazing! Don't get me wrong, it's not beautiful - in the same way that the T-Rex is not beautiful, but it undeniably cool!
cars  mclaren  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The McLaren F1's CD Changer Is Actually One of Its Coolest Features
The 243 mph, three-seat McLaren F1 supercar has been a legend since the ’90s and I thought it was safe to say that there was nothing new to learn about this thing anymore. But I was proven wrong about that today.
So you might want to go ahead and watch this 40-minute McLaren F1 tour with our old pal Doug DeMuro in Jay Leno’s Garage.
Mr. DeMuro’s M.O. is a simple one–he finds and explains the most interesting elements of cool cars. The McLaren F1 is an interesting element in of itself. “The ultimate high-performance car of the 20th century,” in fact, as Leno himself describes it in this video.
But my personal favorite nugget of knowledge here was learning about how Gordon Murray integrated light-weighting into the CD changer. That’s about four minutes in–apparently magnetic pieces were made out of aluminum, which were magnetized by a special spray to save “something like six ounces.”
Why the cars engineers decided to do that, instead of just omitting a CD changer altogether, is as hilarious to me as the idea of doing some roadside maintenance on a McLaren F1 with the dinky little titanium wrenches included in the car’s factory toolkit. But this is all just what makes this car so freaking amazing.
cars  mclaren  90s  video  overview  cd  music 
march 2019 by rgl7194
It is Criminal That This McLaren P1 GTR has Never Seen a Race Track and This is Your Opportunity to Fix That 
It hurts my heart to read that this custom ordered three-year-old McLaren P1 GTR hypercar has never set tire to race track, and has never been driven in anger. The odometer reads just 120 miles, and the listing at Canepa.com specifically states “never raced or tracked” which is a travesty. While the P1 GTR isn’t technically street legal anywhere, Mr. Canepa gets away with driving certain things on the street that aren’t legal because of who he is. But with 120 miles, it certainly has not been enjoyed to the extent that it was built for.
From one Bruce to another, this special one-off McLaren P1 GTR features both Bruce Canepa’s specially formulated “Canepa Green” and Bruce McLaren’s signature “Papaya Orange” paint. If it had been painted in one solid color, it might have been too much, but it looks just plain spectacular in both.
cars  mclaren  racing 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The McLaren 720S Suspension Is A Complex Masterpiece | DriveTribe
The McLaren 720S and 720S spider are obviously fast, but something that doesn't receive as much attention is how brilliant the suspension is. McLaren calls it Proactive Chassis Control II, and it's a system of interconnected hydraulic links that allow for McLaren to eliminate roll bars, and have a suspension that's better suited for adjustment between road driving and track driving.
Not only are the dampers linked side to side, but they're also linked from to back, leading to a unique approach to suspension damping for all scenarios (roll, pitch, warp, etc). Flow restrictors change the damping characteristics for normal, sport, and track modes, allowing the vehicle to better respond to the conditions the driver is experiencing. Check out the video for a detailed explanation of how it all works!
cars  mclaren  technology  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Video: First McLaren Speedtail on the road! | DriveTribe
Up until now, we have only seen the new McLaren Speedtail at motor shows but now, there is a video showing it on the move and it sounds amazing. I would be too scared to be the guy driving this!
cars  mclaren  video  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Game changers: How McLaren, Aston and Lambo are re-writing the supercar rules | DriveTribe
Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who has written for the likes of Motor1, Carfection and CNET.
Each week he will be taking a look at the biggest news in the car world, right here on DriveTribe.
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There was a motor show on this week. Geneva usually sees the great and the good of the supercar world unzip their pants and grab a ruler, and this year seemed no different. Here’s what you should care about from there, and the wider world.
MCLAREN PLANS TO CHANGE SOME RULES
McLaren, not content with revealing a billion and seven new models before the end of the decade, has decided to make up new rules about what it means to be a Grand Tourer.
A good GT needs to have space for people and stuff, enough grunt to cross vast swathes of land in a matter of hours – and look the absolute nuts.
McLaren wants its new GT to add ‘a level of agility never experienced before in this segment’ as well. Basically: McLaren’s going to make a softer car for people who need to travel.
ASTON MARTIN’S BOLD NEW LOOK
When Andy Palmer took over at Aston Martin the line up looked… identical. No bad thing, but it meant a prole in a Vantage could be mistaken for an Oligarch in a Vanquish, and that would not do.
So Palmer made it his mission to ensure his generation of Astons looked suitably stand-outy. The DB 11, Vantage, DBS, and Valkyrie are all easy to tell apart, but the cars unveiled at Geneva? Less so.
The Valkyrie, AM-RB 003, and Vanquish vision are all remarkably similar. Still, bet they’ll be ace to steer.
AVENTA…PHWOAR*
The winner of the pants/ruler competition at Geneva surely has to be Lamborghini (Bugatti gets an honourable mention for making an unattainable megacar, mind) and its Aventador SVJ Roadster. 760 horses, 6.5-litre N/A V12, just shy of £400k – and it actually looks good in metallic beige. Stellar stuff.
*I do no apologise for this clearly amazing pun
THANKS, CHUM, AND GOODBYE
Sad tidings to round out this week’s news review. Alex Mills, better known as Viper007Bond, passed away this week after a battle with leukaemia.
The 34-year-old wasn’t just some bloke off the internet, but the mind behind the Final Gear Top Gear/Fifth Gear forum/fan/download site. Final Gear was kicking around before iPlayer, Netflix, and all that kinda stuff, and it meant fans from all over the world could watch their favourite car show easily. There are arguments that without Final Gear, and Alex, the three big names behind this very site wouldn’t be as famous as they are, such was its impact. Go well, friend, and thank you.
cars  drivetribe  mclaren  aston  lamborghini  RIP  valkyrie 
march 2019 by rgl7194
2020 McLaren Senna GTR: Faster, Louder And Packing 814 Horsepower
While I still think the car is ugly, throwing a bunch of racing kit, aero pieces, and a subtle livery on the new 2020 McLaren Senna GTR allows me to rest my eyes and instead focus on the car’s 814 horsepower and $1.44 million price tag. It’s for the track only, so forget picking up groceries in this McLaren.
McLaren has taken the Senna, a very fast car named after a very fast man, squeezed 25 HP more out of its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 by a slight remapping and removing the secondary catalyst, which also happens to make the car a lot louder. That’s what we call a win-win.
Sadly, though, the side-pipe exhaust on the Senna GTR concept car didn’t make it to production, so you’re still blasting out the back, but that change also helped bring dry weight down 22 lbs to 2,619 lbs, giving the Senna GTR the best power-to-weight ratio of the entire McLaren lineup.
The car also puts down 590 lb-ft of torque, has the same 7-speed transmission as the regular Senna, and can now reach the same levels of down force as the regular car at lower speeds, making the car much stickier to the road surface and presumably faster around a track.
The car is also 1.3 inches lower than the road-legal car, a widened front and rear track, with the variable suspension swapped out for double wishbones and other gear developed for GT3 cars through the company’s customer racing program. There’s also adjustable camber, four-way adjustable dampers, and 19-inch wheels.
All 75 copies of the £1.1 million, ($1.44 million), plus taxes, road-illegal Senna GTR have been sold, likely destined to be parked in the same garage as their street-smart siblings in giant houses next to racetracks that are empty most of the year.
cars  racing  mclaren 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Introducing the 800hp McLaren Senna GTR | DriveTribe
After the long wait, the GTR variant of the McLaren Senna is finally here, and oh boy is it menacing. It will fit nicely in McLaren's Ultimate Series. Not only is it just limited to 75 units but it also has 814 horsepower, which is 36 more than the Senna's 778 bhp.
We first saw the Senna GTR at last year's Geneva Motor Show and it looked a very promising track devouring spectacle, and now it is finally here. As expected, it is powered by the same 4.0L Twin-turbocharged V8 seen in the Senna but with a tuned ECU and upgraded exhaust. As well as the power upgrade, the Senna GTR also comes with 800 Nm of Torque ( the same as the standard Senna) and with a weight of just 1,188kg which is 186 kg lighter than the bog standard Senna (if you can call it that!). McLaren have made the car lighter by stripping it out and swapping the glass out for polycarbonate pieces.
You will still get 'Track' and 'Race' mode like in the normal Senna but now with a 'Wet' mode which helps the GTR to perform better in wet weather conditions. As we know, the Senna is already mad in terms of its appearance and downforce but the GTR takes this to new heights with a redesigned front splitter, a much larger rear diffuser and believe it or not, a much larger LMP-1 style spoiler.
The Senna GTR now sits better on the ground with a wider stance thanks to wider wheel arches and larger 19 inch centre lock wheels.
What I really like about the new Senna GTR is that it is not only aimed at professional drivers, the average joe could probably give this a spin. McLaren's aim for this car was to make 95% of the car’s performance available to 95% of drivers. I like that. They have done this by adding much larger brakes, for better stopping power, a modified GT3 suspension and some other driver aids.
Some of the other driver aids include, anti-lock brakes, a pit-lane speed control system, a tyre pressure monitor, sensors for brake pad wear, brake disc-wipe technology, an anti-collision radar as well as an air brake function for the huge rear wing, which in turn gives the GTR a 20% improvement in braking over the standard Senna.
On the inside, you will notice Alcantara everywhere accompanied by matte Carbon Fibre which just looks insane. This is a full blown race car and I bet it sounds a dragon awakening from a long hibernation under a fiery volcano which could erupt at any minute.
UK deliveries are set to arrive in September later this year. Each customer will be given the option of personalising their Senna GTR with a huge range of McLaren Special Operations (MSO) accessories. These include things such as bespoke colours or iconic race liveries. Prices are expected to be around £1.1 million.
cars  mclaren  racing  drivetribe 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The 8 most powerful cars coming in 2019 | DriveTribe
The Aston Martin Valkyrie will have 1,160bhp, Aston has confirmed. One thousand of those horses are generated by a 6.5-litre V12, with not a turbocharger (or supercharger) in sight. Peak power is developed at 10,500rpm. It’s utterly astonishing – this is a car for both road and track, remember – but what’s even more astonishing is that power outputs in four figures are not that unusual any more…
The fact is, to be taken seriously as a hypercar these days you seem to need at least 1,000 horsepower, and preferably a weight as close as possible to a tonne for that magic 1bhp/kg power/weight ratio.
So welcome to the 1,000bhp club… here’s our look at some of the latest members.
cars  drivetribe  aston  mercedes  mclaren  bugatti  performance  valkyrie 
march 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren Senna GTR – Track-Only Supercar with More Performance
Compared to the already wild road car, this Senna has more power, improved aero, and less weight.
The Senna GTR is a new track-only version of the insane McLaren Senna.
With extra power, less weight, even more downforce, and an upgraded chassis, it promises quicker lap times and elevated performance.
All 75 units are already sold out, for a starting price around $1.2 million.
While the almighty McLaren Senna is one of the most extreme cars we have ever experienced, it is still designed to be driven on road, at least some of the time, with the various compromises that brings. Not so the McLaren GTR, the track-only version of the car which promises to deliver even greater thrills, completely undiluted.
McLaren produced a similarly circuit-focussed P1 GTR, and there have also been track-only models like the Ferrari FXX and Aston Martin Vulcan, but we’re promised that the Senna GTR will make all look like tame pussycats thanks to the combination of more power and aerodynamic downforce levels that come close to matching the weight of the car. Only 75 will be produced and all have already been sold, despite prices that start at around $1.2 million.
Power has only increased by a modest 25 horsepower over the street legal Senna, with 814 hp from McLaren’s familiar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, this having lost its secondary catalyst system. While the concept version of the GTR had a side-exit exhaust system, the production car switches to a more conventional out-the-back system, which is apparently more efficient.
mclaren  racing  cars 
march 2019 by rgl7194
This McLaren 720S Spider Is Here to Remind You How Rad Gradient Paint Is
McLaren does some debatable things, like the Speedtail’s mismatched wheels or the entire look that the Senna, like Gretchen Wieners and “fetch,” is trying but failing to make happen. But McLaren also does good things, like not giving into peer pressure and reminding us all that gradient paint will never go out of style.
That last part is courtesy of the new McLaren 720S Spider by McLaren Special Operations, which sounds like McLaren’s covert spy unit but is really just its customization department, that’s at the Geneva Motor Show this month.
Just like when a heroic spy swoops in to save the day in the movies, though, MSO is here to save our day—with gradient paint. Of course, any paint zipping from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds thanks to a 710-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 could be considered gradient, but this one’s gradient at a standstill, too.
“Gradient paint?” you might ask, as my coworkers did. “I thought we left that in the ‘90s?”
No, we did not, because gradient paint has no decade. While we’re all wasting our time with recycled historic racing paint schemes, stripes, basic two-tone accents and flames, gradient paint is there, waiting for us to see the light.
cars  mclaren  color 
march 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren's 2019 720S Spider – A Convertible without Compromise
With no real drawbacks compared with the coupe version, the 720S Spider is the easy choice when shopping for a $300,000-plus McLaren.
Yes, the new-for-'19 McLaren 720S Spider is simply a droptop version of the familiar 720S coupe. Its introduction is in no way significant in the grander scheme of things. But in three very specific ways, the Spider version is meaningful:
1. If you happen to be the person who gets to drive one of these magnificent things.
2. With the removal of the fixed roof, the slinky 720S finally looks exactly like the stupid-expensive Italian loafer it has clearly always wanted to be.
3. There are no real performance trade-offs for going topless, according to McLaren.
It's been the long-standing conviction of performance-minded car enthusiasts that the convertible version of a sporty vehicle is the poseur's choice. An M3 convertible? That's an abomination! A Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet? Okay, charlatan! Say hello to Justin Bieber for us.
cars  mclaren  convertible  review 
february 2019 by rgl7194
You Can't Even See the Coolest Part of McLaren's 720S Spider
The 2020 McLaren 720S Spider is cool in many ways. It has a sci-fi instrument cluster, see-through buttresses and a powered rear window. But by far, the coolest thing about it is its carbon fiber monocoque chassis. And you can’t even see from the outside, which is a shame.
In 2017, the McLaren 720S coupe came out swinging with a new 4.0-liter V8, twin-turbo engine nested in a carbon fiber chassis called the Monocage II. Unlike the Monocell tub that underpinned its predecessors, the MP4-12C and 650S, the Monocage II is different because, as its name suggests, it is a “cage.”
It has additional structures like the A-pillars/windscreen surround, above-engine supports and a roof beam to which the 720S’s dihedral (two-axis) doors are partially hinged.
This is what it looks like...
cars  mclaren  technology 
february 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren knocks it out of the park again with the 720S Spider convertible | Ars Technica
It's lighter, more powerful, faster, and more useable than the outgoing 650S Spider.
Although we make every effort to cover our own travel costs, in this case McLaren flew us to Phoenix to drive the 720S Spider (and the 600LT Spider; we published that one last week) and provided two nights in a hotel.
In 2016, we tested the McLaren 650S Spider, a carbon-fiber drop-top supercar we thought was so clever it deserved a PhD. But three years is a long time in the supercar world, and the 650S is old news. Meet the McLaren 720S Spider. It, too, is made from carbon fiber. But now, instead of a 3.8L twin-turbo V8, there's a more powerful 4.0L twin-turbo V8. The car also has an all-new roof mechanism that goes up or down in just 11 seconds.
At the same time, the new model is lighter than the outgoing Spider (by 83lbs/38kg), making it the lightest car in its class (compared to the Ferrari Pista Spider, Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, or the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster). It's stupendously fast and extremely eye-catching—both qualities you'd want if you were spending $315,000 on a supercar. But it's also amazingly easy to drive, civilized to live with, and even pretty good on gas, considering it's capable of hitting 60mph in 2.8 seconds before topping out at 212mph (341km/h).
cars  mclaren  review 
february 2019 by rgl7194
So McLaren has a new motorsport-derived mid-engine car with a V8 engine and impressive looking doors
So McLaren has a new motorsport-derived mid-engine car with a V8 engine and impressive looking doors? The more things change the more they stay the same, I suppose.
cars  mclaren  concept 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The McLaren 600LT Spider: A lighter, more focused track supercar | Ars Technica
The stripped-out convertible is a track-day special turned up to 11.
Although we make every effort to cover our own travel costs, in this case McLaren flew us to Phoenix to drive the 600LT (and the 720S Spider; more on that next week) and provided two nights in a hotel.
I'll admit it: I wasn't sure if I was going to like the McLaren 600LT Spider. I wasn't the biggest fan of the McLaren 570S, the car it's based on—unlike almost everyone else who's driven one, I'd pick an Audi R8 as my daily drivable mid-engined supercar. While the 570S made concessions to practicality, I never gelled with the way it looks, and it had enough electronic foibles that they became one of my overriding memories of my time with the car. But the 600LT makes many fewer compromises in the name of everyday use, and it's all the better for it.
Veteran McLaren watchers will know from just the name that there's something special about this one: in McLaren-speak, LT means "long tail." The first long-tail McLarens—ten F1 GTR race cars and three F1 GT road cars—appeared in 1997, with new bodywork that extended the nose and tail to increase downforce at speed.
cars  mclaren  driving  review 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider Is a Ruthless, Roofless Wonder
Mercedes-Benz has AMG, BMW has M and Cadillac has V-Series. Surely McLaren of all companies has transcended this need for even sportier and more exclusive versions of already very sporty and exclusive cars? Evidently not, because its Longtail-treated models exist, the latest of which is the 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider.
And like the rest of the cars in the McLaren lineup, this one also makes you feel like a hero behind the wheel.
(Full Disclosure: McLaren wanted me to drive the 600LT Spider so badly that it flew me to Arizona, put me up in a great hotel, fed me a lot of food and rented out the Arizona Motorsports Park for a whole day for us to use.)
The 600LT Spider was clearly designed with the track in mind. Take just one look at its massive rear diffuser if you’re unsure. And damn, it does track marvelously while tickling your ego so much that you’re willing to forgive the other discomforts that are part of the packaged deal.
cars  mclaren  convertible  review 
february 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren 600LT a Good Car, Says Chris Harris
It’s hard to go wrong with the formula McLaren used to create the 600LT. Take the 570S and make it a bit lighter, give it a bit more power, and make it minuscule-ly longer. It’s still the most analog car in the McLaren lineup, with standard springs and shock absorbers without the tricky bits of the 720S, and that might be what makes it the best for hustling around a race track. At least, that’s what the famous Chris Harris of Top Gear has to say about it.
The seat padding is a little wrong for him. He thinks the Long Tail name is a little ridiculous. He thinks it’s a bit too laggy in comparison with other turbocharged super sports cars. He thinks it’s visually a bit naff. That’s it. That’s the whole list of downsides to the 600LT.
If you want to hear Top Gear’s Chris Harris croon about the merits of McLaren’s most aggressive Sport Series model, click the play button below. Of course it’s accompanied by the obligatory tire smoke.
mclaren  cars  video 
february 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren Spiders Have the Best Feature
While on the McLaren 720S Spider drive last week, I was poking around in the cabin and noticed a little button nestled in the center console to the left of the button that electronically lowers and raises the roof. This, as it turns out, is the little button that controls the car’s powered rear window. Yes, you read that right: The 720S Spider has a powered rear window! This is extremely rad! Exclamation point!
I don’t know when most station wagons and SUVs stopped including power rear windows, but it’s really a design feature that needs to be brought back. The last time I came across one was on a Toyota 4Runner. A McLaren convertible was the last place I expected to find such a thing again.
Most rear windows on convertibles fold down with the roof. The McLaren’s is independent of its retractable hardtop, and you can raise and lower it regardless of the position of the roof. In fact, I think the only other modern convertible (that I know of) with a powered rear window is the Ferrari 488 Spider.
But that car, apparently, has limitations, according to Car and Driver...
cars  mclaren 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The McLaren 720S Spider Solves a Super Annoying Problem Before It Even Is One
It was only a matter of time before the McLaren 720S got its roof chopped off. All supercars seem to eventually do that. In photos, the rear visibility on the 720S seems like it would be horrible because its designers included a head fairing-type design, the hump or humps you sometimes see behind the seats of a convertible like the Jaguar D-Type. But McLaren’s engineers were smarter than that and solved the visibility problem before it was even became a problem at all.
Cars that have big head fairing designs are often striking to look at, but a pain in the ass to actually use. The Mazda Miata RF is probably the worst offender currently on the market. From the driver’s seat, you can hardly see anything if you turn your head and look over your shoulder to change lanes.
The 720S Spider has both head fairings and buttresses in the rear (to aid with rollover protection structure and aerodynamics), but here’s the thing—those buttresses are actually made of darkened panes of glass. So while they are functional, they also don’t inhibit over-the-shoulder visibility because they’re clear.
cars  mclaren 
february 2019 by rgl7194
What Do You Want to Know About the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider and 600LT Spider?
Convertibles aren’t typically my jam, but I’m willing to put aside my prejudices for the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider and McLaren 600LT Spider. I’m going to drive them both this week. What do you want to know about them?
This would be my first time driving any McLaren, actually. I’ve read all the articles about how they are supposedly both incredibly fast but also incredibly comfortable to drive. I’m looking forward to checking that phenomenon myself.
The 720S Spider can hit 60 mph from a stop in a claimed 2.9 seconds and its top speed is over 200 mph. The 600LT can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a 197-mph top speed with the top down. I don’t expect to go anywhere near that fast, but I have also packed two hair ties anyway.
Prices for the 720S Spider and the 600LT Spider are $315,000 and $259,000 respectively, which is likely more money than I’ll see in the next few decades.
Anyway! Ask away.
cars  mclaren  convertible 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Watch F1 Champ Nico Rosberg Thrash the Crap out of a McLaren Senna on the Track - The Drive
The Senna is wicked fast and a handful to drive, even for a second-generation Formula One world champion.
The McLaren Senna is a true modern wonder, with an all-carbon-fiber body, 789-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, and a complex 67-piece aerodynamic kit. But how is it to drive? It's brutal, even for one-time Formula One world champion-turned-vlogger Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg took the Senna for a total thrash session out on the driver training track at the French Circuit Paul Ricard, scrambling to maintain control a couple times in tighter turns and having to pause his lap entirely for high clutch temperatures once. 
Yet even with the car looking like a total handful with the driver aids off, Rosberg threw down an incredible 59.56 lap time. A previous video notes that the main F1 circuit was under construction, so they were using the driver training track instead. Still, this is how a hypercar needs to be driven!
cars  mclaren  racing  video  the_drive 
february 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren Unveils the First Champions Edition Senna at the Philadelphia Auto Show | DriveTribe
I had the opportunity to see McLaren unveil this special "Champions Edition" Senna at the Philadelphia Auto Show on Friday. It is so far the only one in the United States. The price tag? Roughly $1 million USD! Have a look!
cars  mclaren  auto_show  drivetribe 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren F1 GTR (2019 Car Culture - Gulf)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  mclaren 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren P1 (2018 Walmart Zamac - HW Exotics)
I really dig the Zamacs! That metal finish look is just too cool not to have!
cars  hot_wheels  zamac  mclaren 
january 2019 by rgl7194
McLaren Teases 600LT Spider, the Newest Longtail Model
Said to be the fifth Longtail model in McLaren's history; all we can see so far is its rear deck.
McLaren has promised a new Longtail model will join its lineup soon. For those who don't speak Woking, that means another iteration of the brand's high-performance special-edition theme, which is named after its epic F1-based Longtail (LT) race cars from the 1990s. Recent LTs include the 650S-based 675LT and the 570S-based 600LT. Based on the teaser image McLaren provided of its latest LT, we can see that it will be a 600LT Spider.
How can we tell? The cutlines in the roof pillars visible on the right side of the image above are an indication that the LT is a convertible, and the rear buttresses match those of the regular 570S Spider. The upward-exiting exhaust outlets are dead ringers for those on the 600LT coupe, as are the large rear wing and the rest of the rear deck.
McLaren has already done a 675LT Spider, so there's precedent for a hard-core roofless sports car in the lineup. Based on what's known about the coupe we've already driven, here's what we can expect from the 600LT Spider: a 592-hp twin-turbocharged V-8 engine (up 30 horses over the 570S), chassis upgrades for extra track performance, and, yes, a longer tail (translation: more rear wing and aero enhancements).
While McLaren hasn't given specific numbers, it says the 600LT coupe is a low-production model. Just 500 675LT coupes and 500 675LT Spiders will built, excluding a few dozen special editions, and we expect 600LT production numbers will be slightly higher. The 600LT coupe starts at just over $240,000, and the new Spider version should command a price at least $10,000 higher.
Final details are scheduled to drop January 16, so stay tuned.
mclaren  cars  preview  racing 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren 720S (New for 2018! - Factory Fresh | White Recolor)
Pretty cool new McLaren from Hot Wheels! Nice white paint job too, what do you think?
cars  hot_wheels  mclaren 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren P1 (2018 HW Exotics | Green Recolor)
Here's a clean green P1! Yeah, don't need to say anything else, it's awesome.
cars  hot_wheels  mclaren 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World 2017 - The Drive
We've compiled a list of the world's 10 most expensive cars (more or less) on the market.
The number of supercars and hypercars is growing at a fast clip. That means competition for the most expensive car in the world title is also growing. From the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster to the McLaren P1 to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, expensive, high-ticket rarities are crowding the top of the market. Surprisingly, a most expensive car list is not as easy to make as you might think. The prices for the most expensive cars fluctuate depending on customer build requests, which—among the buyers of the world's most expensive cars—can get rather baroque.
To assemble the list, we tried to filter out the wide spectrum of suspect vapor, such as the late Marussia, the Zenvo TS1, and the Icona Vulcano Titanium, and instead went with cars that have established sales, something of a history, and at least partially verifiable base prices—Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, and Pagani, and Koenigsegg, among others. 
cars  money  top_ten  ferrari  lamborghini  aston  koenigsegg  mclaren  bugatti  pagani  valkyrie 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Driving the McLaren 720S Is a Painful Exercise in Self-Control - The Drive
McLaren's newest supercar redefines street car performance. Good luck finding a way to enjoy it on the street, though.
There are worse things you could sell your soul for than a McLaren 720S. (A donut, for instance.) McLaren's latest Super Series sport car is, after all, a modern-day icon, delivering performance that arguably redefines what it means to be an exotic sports car, capable of whipping Dodge Demons at the drag strip or a Porsche 918 Spyder at Virginia International Raceway while still being comfortable enough to knock out a cross-country road trip. 
Luckily, when you're lucky enough to stumble into a job writing about cars, you don't have to trade your immortal spirit for a spin in a supercar; a promise of a video or a write-up is usually enough. But as with a Faustian bargain, there was still a catch or three. The agreement McLaren asked me to agree to included a few onerous clauses that seemed almost designed to hamstring my fun: there was the usual cover-your-butt legal phrasing about the need to respect all speed limits and traffic laws, as well as the occasional mileage restriction—here capped at a painful 300 miles, not nearly enough to take the car on the long journey it deserved. But worst of all...McLaren said I couldn't hustle the car on track.
It was with all these restrictions in mind that I climbed into the 720S for the first time, fired up the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 mounted out back, and took off into New York traffic.
cars  mclaren  driving  the_drive  review 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Hot Wheels 2019 Car Culture Gulf is now available at Wheel Collectors – theLamleyGroup
The first batch of Car Culture for 2019 is here. Gulf has arrived, and it is available now at Wheel Collectors at this link:
Hot Wheels Car Culture Gulf at Wheel Collectors
I will talk more about this set when I feature it shortly, but it is an excellent mix of models. Muscle, Euro, JDM, and Supercar, all in Gulf Livery. I cannot wait to dig into these.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  mclaren  nissan  vw  mustang  fiat 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Matchbox starts 2019 fantastically with the Blue Highways 5-pack – theLamleyGroup
Now THIS is a 5-pack! Maybe the most loaded 5-pack in the last 5-6 years from the orange brand. Not a weak one in the bunch. Better yet, some of the best. The SLR McLaren, for example, has never looked better.
Matchbox has released the first two packs of 2019, Blue Highways and MBX Construction, and I felt both were worth buying. I already mentioned why I snagged the first, but Construction had the Stepside, and that is ALWAYS a no-brainer. So two videos for you today. Enjoy.
cars  hot_wheels  matchbox  mclaren  video 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Wow check out the new Matchbox Blue Highways 5-pack – theLamleyGroup
The first Matchbox 5-pack for 2019 is out, and boy is it nice. Called Blue Highways, and found by collector @Diecast58, who posted it on Instagram...
Dang that’s nice. I am particularly fond of the SLR McLaren with black 5-spokes, as well as that yellow Camaro. Heck they are all great.
cars  matchbox  mclaren  instagram  camaro 
november 2018 by rgl7194
More exclusive than a supercar: A beginner’s guide to buying a GT3 race car | Ars Technica
Automakers are selling hundreds of these turn-key racing supercars.
In the past decade, the well-worn automotive cliché Race on Sunday, sell on Monday has taken a surprising twist. Now, automakers have realized that they can race on Sunday and sell race cars on Monday. If you've got the money, Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, Acura, Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, Nissan, Bentley, and more have a race car for you—for around $500,000.
The rise in popularity of supercars worldwide has been paralleled by explosive growth in international GT3 class sportscar racing. GT3 cars are racing versions of the road-going supercars/GT cars that star in video games, YouTube channels, and print platforms. Instead of being built to a specific set of technical rules, in GT3 each make of car is benchmarked and then "performance balanced" by the FIA (the sporting organization that governs world motorsport) to create a relatively level playing field.
cars  racing  porsche  lamborghini  audi  acura  ferrari  mercedes  mclaren  nissan  bentley 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The McLaren Senna by MiniGT in photos. – theLamleyGroup
Two videos, and then pics. Start with this...
Chills. Senna was special, really special, and anything that pays homage to the legend gets a thumbs up from me. So kudos to McLaren.
And kudos to MiniGT for this replica...
Hot Wheels has one coming too, and I cannot wait to see it finished (we saw a prototype at the Convention, and it will be featured on a video here soon), but the MiniGT Senna is special. I talk about it in the video, but the casting deserves photos too.
So I took them. Look for it at hobby dealers soon.
cars  mclaren  collecting  diecast  video 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Here's the digital technology that helps make McLaren's Formula 1 racing cars so fast
Digital technology continues to transform the way we live and work at an ever-increasing pace. This has raised expectations of businesses to continually develop new and better products. And to survive, they need to do just that.
In almost every industry, there is a continuous reduction in product life cycles coupled with growing competition from globalization. This is all taking place on a playing field that’s been leveled by digital technology.
digital  technology  mclaren  racing  performance  cars 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren P1 (2018 HW Exotics)
Here's a clean white P1! Yeah, don't need to say anything else, it's awesome.
cars  mclaren  hot_wheels 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2018 HW Exotics 5-Pack
One awesome 5-pack! I think that's all I need to say, just check out the car selection and deco of each car in this set. It's pretty good. My personal favorite out of this pack is the Jaguar, how about yourself?
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  jaguar  mclaren  aston  lamborghini  renault 
may 2018 by rgl7194
A look at the fantastic HW Exotics 5-pack – the Lamley Group
Car Meet was great, HW Exotics is too.
In the past, some of the Exotics 5-packs, essentially made to replace the yearly Ferrari 5-pack, have yielded some gems and some duds. Not this pack. Here is a look...
cars  hot_wheels  mclaren  aston  jaguar  lamborghini  renault 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2018 Gran Turismo Set!
Talk about an awesome set! I think it may be even better than the last Gran Turismo cars from Hot Wheels (click here to see that post). Regardless, it's a nice set to have!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  GT-R  renault  EVO  corvette  BMW_M  ford_gt  mclaren 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Showcase: Hot Wheels 2018 Gran Turismo 8-car set – the Lamley Group
The second Gran Turismo set is on its way. Hobby dealers like Wheel Collectors just got it (sold out), and stores like Kroger and Walgreens (I assume) will have them soon. There is a some good stuff in this set, and here is a preview...
Picking a favorite is hard, but if I had to choose, I’ll go with the McLaren or Renault R.S. 01. That being said, if the BMW had at least front or rear tampos, that would be the clear winner. Your choice?
cars  hot_wheels  racing  collecting  mclaren  renault 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The next Hot Wheels Gran Turismo set is now available at Wheel Collectors – the Lamley Group
This one is better than last year.
The next Hot Wheels Gran Turismo set has been released, and Wheel Collectors has it. You can buy the set now:
Hot Wheels 2018 Gran Turismo at Wheel Collectors
As far as where we will see this one in stores, I am not entirely sure, but I would assume the same places as last year. Or you can make it super easy and grab a set now. Last year’s set was nice, but this one is a major step up. Do you agree?
Video and photo features coming soon.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  mclaren  GT-R  renault  ford_gt  corvette  BMW_M 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren 720S (New for 2018! - Factory Fresh)
Pretty cool new McLaren from Hot Wheels! Nice orange paint job too, what do you think?
cars  hot_wheels  mclaren 
april 2018 by rgl7194
I’m just not feeling the new Hot Wheels McLaren Tiburon. I mean 720S. – the Lamley Group
I will start by saying, that at least aesthetically, I am still trying to figure out if I like the real McLaren 720S. Some of you might agree, many of you will passionately disagree, and so be it. Hopefully we don’t all like and dislike the same thing.
But the 720S doesn’t do it for me. Granted if I had one in the garage you wouldn’t hear me complain, but I am just another nerd with an opinion and device to express it on. McLaren states that every contour on the car is created for a purpose, and I am sure that is true. Still, for the most part, there are other McLarens that float by boat a bit more.
I would imagine that with any current McLaren, shrinking it down to 1/64 is particularly difficult, with all the waves and swooshes. All those rounded edges are what makes Porsches so difficult to shrink as well. And like Hot Wheels Porsches, that means a lot of hits and a few misses. And to me, this 720S is like the HW Porsche Boxster. It’s a miss.
cars  mclaren  hot_wheels 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren P1 (2017 Car Culture - Cars & Donuts)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting, these Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  mclaren  collecting 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Hypercars from Aston Martin and Rimac stand out at the Geneva Motor Show | Ars Technica
In the second part of our look at Geneva, it’s all about the unobtainium.
In the first part of our Geneva Motor Show coverage, we took a look at some of the electric vehicle offerings, not to mention the proliferation of four-door (not) coupes. In part two, we're getting high-end.
cars  auto_show  bentley  aston  mclaren 
march 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren Senna GTR: An 814-Plus-HP, Track-Bound Ballistic Missile | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
McLaren has unveiled its latest racetrack weapon, the Senna GTR, which takes the recently unveiled—and already sold out—Senna hypercar to what could be its ultimate extreme. It follows in the footsteps of previous McLaren racers like the Le Mans–winning F1 GTR and the more recent P1 GTR.
The Senna GTR is limited to just 75 customers, each of which will have to shell out $1.4 million for the privilege of owning one. For the extra few hundred thousand dollars over the “regular” Senna, owners will get more power and torque, more grip and downforce, and a car that, McLaren promises, will offer the brand’s fastest lap times outside Formula 1.
cars  mclaren  racing  auto_show 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Top 7 fastest naturally aspirated road cars ever | DriveTribe
Natural aspiration has been falling down a slippery slope ever since the dawn of forced induction, with atmospheric performance engines now being chased with pitchforks and torches to the far flung reaches of the automotive world.
Twin-turbocharging is now the go-to method of creating supercar levels of power but there's still something to be said for a highly tuned, bored-out naturally aspirated engine. To celebrate the last free-breathing beasts alive today, we've collected the fastest of them all that stand defiant against any form of bolt-on compressor.
cars  performance  top_ten  drivetribe  ferrari  lamborghini  pagani  aston  mclaren 
march 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren Unveils Senna Carbon-Themed Supercar | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
McLaren will show off five different special-edition cars at the upcoming 2018 Geneva auto show, but only the car seen here will be in physical attendance; the others will be displayed on screens. Tagged the Carbon Theme, this Senna has been liberated of much of its paint, exposing through its gloss clear-coat finish the intricate carbon-fiber weave that makes up the body of the car. The little splashes of color that are applied serve as a reinterpretation of Ayrton Senna’s yellow, green, and black helmet. Because naming the car after the late Brazilian racing legend wasn’t a big enough gesture. Exposed carbon-fiber bodies have become something of a trend in supercars (just ask Bugatti), but McLaren Special Operations (MSO) gave the Senna a bit of extra pizazz to set it apart. According to McLaren, the Senna’s body is composed of 67 individual parts and takes close to 1000 hours to craft. Just to paint the sills, rear wing, and front and rear aero pieces in Solar Yellow added nearly 250 hours of labor.
cars  mclaren  customization 
march 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Hot Wheels H Case Unboxing - Hall's Guide for Hot Wheels Collectors
Episode 284 – The 2018 Hot Wheels H Case has arrived. This one has many new recolors and some great New Models like the McClaren 720S and the Porsche 918 Spyder. I will be giving those 2 away this time. Stay tuned until the end for details.
cars  hot_wheels  video  mclaren  porsche 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Watch McLaren’s stumble into the 2017 F1 season in new Amazon show | Ars Technica
It's like an automotive version of The Office, but for McLaren, worse.
Amazon Prime has returned to things four-wheeled with its latest original production. It's not another Jeremy Clarkson spinoff, though; it's a rare look at the inner workings of a Formula 1 team. Grand Prix Driver is a four-part documentary—available from today—that gives the viewer an access-all-pass into the workings off the McLaren team as it gets ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season.
Access to teams in this highly competitive and highly secretive sport is unusual, particularly a team as image-conscious as McLaren. So it's a little surprising just how much we get to see, as what's meant to be a turnaround season instead plumbs new depths of despair for the organization.
It's a simple concept: camera crews wander about the breathtaking McLaren Technology Center, the white-and-gray technopalace from which the cars are birthed. They film in meeting rooms, workshop bays, and at the test track, as the 2017 car comes together and the team's two drivers—superstar Fernando Alonso and rookie Stoffel Vandoorne—in the run-up to the first race of the year. But the cameras are visiting MTC at an eventful time.
cars  racing  mclaren  amazon  documentary 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Fernando, you’re getting a Dell: McLaren gets a new sponsor in F1 | Ars Technica
Dell Technologies and the McLaren Technology Group sign a multi-year partnership.
One of the most recognizable names in racing is pairing up with one of the most recognizable names in computing. The McLaren Formula 1 team and Dell Technologies are entering into a "multi-faceted, long-term partnership." After several years without a major sponsor—years that mostly coincided with a precipitous fall in performance—fans of the team should see this as a positive step for the British team.
cars  mclaren  racing 
february 2018 by rgl7194
More McLaren Senna Info Spills Forth: Here's What You Need to Know | News | Car and Driver
Diving deeper on an impressive hypercar named for a racing icon.
Naming a car for arguably the best driver ever to grid a Formula 1 race is a bold decision, and McLaren calling its new track-focused hypercar the Senna is akin to Ferrari debuting the Schumacher or Audi launching a 300-mph Rosemeyer. This is hallowed ground. Getting it right in the eyes of racing fans, the company’s customers, and Senna’s family—who approved use of the name through the Ayrton Senna Foundation—is much harder than getting it wrong. Later this year, once we drive the Senna, we will confirm whether the British supercar maker has achieved its goal of producing the “lightest, fastest, and most engaging McLaren yet.” Until then, and on the heels of the first wave of information released in December, here are 10 things we gleaned from a recent trip to poke and prod both the car and the minds of its engineers. It looks quite promising.
cars  mclaren  preview  racing 
february 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren Porsche 911 with TAG F1 V6 engine | DriveTribe
Here’s a car we bet you didn’t know existed. We didn’t. It’s a 930-era Porsche 911 with a McLaren Formula One engine.
Yes, you did read that correctly. Sitting in the back of this otherwise neat-looking 911 is a 1.5-litre TAG turbocharged V6 like what was seen in McLaren F1 cars of the 1980s.
This car was spotted at McLaren’s headquarters in the UK and posted up onto website Drivecult.com, showing off only a set of Ruf alloy wheels. At the back, though, are two very thick intercoolers that help cool pressurised air being fed into the tiny F1 V6 engine.
cars  porsche  mclaren  racing  drivetribe 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren P1 (2017 Then And Now)
I wasn't sure if I was going to pick up another McLaren or not, but this P1 in black was too irresistible for me, once again. What can I say?
cars  hot_wheels  mclaren 
january 2018 by rgl7194
2017 McLaren 570GT Test | Review | Car and Driver
Making the daily drive special.
After producing the legendary McLaren F1, the company waited nearly two decades before the brand better known for racing in Formula 1 returned to peddling street machines. In that time, the posters that used to cover kids’ rooms have turned into phone wallpapers of ever-rotating images. Most people know the name McLaren, but they don’t necessarily know what one looks like. Staring at a printed image so long that the style lines are burnished into memory is a thing of the past, we suppose. And, you know, some McLaren dealerships now accept Bitcoin.
HIGHS
Looks so good it might as well be an F1 to onlookers, chassis is pure fun, a McLaren you could drive to the grocery store.
LOWS
Still not quite as practical as a Porsche 911, obtuse infotainment system struggles against sunlight.
cars  mclaren  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The McLaren MSO X is a GT4 racer for the road | DriveTribe
McLaren's in-house bespoke division MSO usually creates anything the average wealthy customer desires. Now, MSO has created something a little more unique by producing ten GT4 inspired versions of the 570S, all of which sport a unique livery.
And before you think that the unique racing liveries are just for show, think again. All of these cars have been reworked to offer a true GT4 experience while meeting the legal requirements for a set of number plates.
cars  mclaren  racing  drivetribe 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The McLaren MSO HS is a P1-inspired Long Tail | Top Gear
Limited-run, P1 GTR-inspired Super Series is lighter, more powerful and much wingy-er
When you watched the McLaren 675 LT shoot to the top of the TG Power Lap board recently, did you look at it and think, ‘hmm, bit slow that’?. Nah, us neither. But someone did. That’s why we now have this, the McLaren MSO HS.
The HS (which stands for High Sport) is an exclusive offering by MSO (McLaren’s ‘Special Operations’ division) that takes the 650S/675LT Super Series chassis, lightens it, adds more power, makes it more focused and then plops a massive wing on the back. Yes, yes and yes.
Using Macca’s mega 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, MSO has seen the 675LT’s hellish 666bhp and raised it to 679bhp and 516lb ft. All of which is available from 3,000-7,000rpm, in all drive modes.
Now, you may remember McLaren Special Operations division from when it was launched back in 2011. It was set up to provide a bespoke personalisation service for McLaren customers that wanted something a bit more special. This initially included fancy pants paint schemes, paint-matched key fobs and a barmy, Jetsons-like one-off called the X-1. But now, the bespoke tailoring service is playing with fast. And that’s no bad thing, especially when it looks this good.
cars  mclaren  racing 
january 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren Special Operations delivers MSO X: 10 unique 570S coupés inspired by McLaren 570S GT4 and endurance racing heritage
25 Jan 2018
10 MSO X cars inspired by the McLaren 570S GT4, created as bespoke project by McLaren Special Operations
Designed and engineered with race car emulation as the primary focus, but still road-legal
High downforce rear wing and bespoke, track-biased interior
Unique exterior colour schemes, each echoing famous McLaren endurance racing liveries
Commissioned by US McLaren retailer, McLaren Newport Beach and delivered from customer concept to reality in just eight months
10 unique McLaren sportscars that emulate the look and feel of a McLaren 570S GT4 race car but are fully road-legal have today been delivered to their new owners at a special McLaren customer event near Las Vegas, USA. Commissioned as an MSO Bespoke project – the service from McLaren Special Operations (MSO) that allows almost limitless enhancement and personalisation of McLaren cars – the 10 MSO X cars were ordered by the US market’s largest McLaren retailer, McLaren Newport Beach.
Designed to mirror the external appearance of the McLaren 570S GT4 race car as closely as possible, the MSO X cars are deliberately finished in accordance with race car design practice and all have liveries inspired by McLaren F1 GTR endurance race cars of the mid-1990s.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren delivers 10 racing-inspired 'MSO X' coupes - LeftLaneNews
Each example traces its theme to McLaren F1 GTR endurance race cars from the mid-'90s.
McLaren Special Operations has revealed its latest custom creations, a series of 10 'MSO X' cars that mimic the 570S GT4 track-only race car. Each example is configured to look like a 570S GT4 and feature a color scheme and graphics inspired by a McLaren F1 GTR endurance racer of the mid-1990s.
Customizations include a pylon-mounted rear wing, front dive planes, titanium exhaust, a GT4-style hood and a carbon roof snorkel. The fully-functional 'gooseneck' pays homage to the 1997 F1 Longtail and delivers a unique cockpit sound.
The set of 10 cars was commissioned by McLaren Newport Beach, the company's largest retailer in the US.
"The aim of this project was to have a serious track car that could still be driven on the road and this finished project screams 'race car' to the casual onlooker," said McLaren Newport Beach dealer principal Pietro Frigerio.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
This Is the Limited Edition McLaren MSO X - The Drive
Another McLaren inspired by the company's motorsport roots. Surprised?
It has been a matter of weeks since McLaren debuted its last limited-run supercar, the track-oriented Senna, but the Woking-based manufacturer can't hold back its new flavor of the month any longer. The company's in-house skunkworks, McLaren Special Operations, has reworked a run of 10 570S supercars and renamed them the MSO X, said to be inspired by the 570S GT4 race cars that compete in series like the British GT Championship.
The cars were commissioned by a McLaren dealer in the U.S., located in Newport Beach, California. Each wears a livery that pays tribute to McLaren's first road car, the F1, which found tremendous success in endurance racing, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995. The motorsport homage doesn't stop there, either, as the MSO X features a functional rear wing, holding the car to the road with almost 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of downforce, as well as canards and a fully vented hood where the frunk would be on a standard 570S.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren MSO X Street-Legal GT4 Car - Special Edition 570S Already Sold Out
Only ten examples of the MSO X have been built. They've already been delivered to customers.
McLaren Special Operations, the customization division for McLaren's road car department, has just revealed another new product. This time, it's a special edition GT4-inspired 570S built specifically for customers of McLaren Newport Beach, the company's largest US retailer.
The McLaren "MSO X" was commissioned as a bespoke project to emulate the look and feel of the company's 570S GT4 race car, but on a street-legal vehicle. Basically, it's a 570S with a swath of track-ready upgrades, including a functional roof snorkel, front dive planes, a titanium exhaust, P Zero Corsa tires, carbon fiber bodywork, and, of course, that big rear wing, which produces 220 pounds of downforce.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren’s Street-Legal GT4-Style 570S Is Already Sold Out | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
McLaren Special Operations, the customization division for McLaren’s road-car department, has just revealed another new product. This time, it’s a special-edition, GT4-inspired 570S created specifically for customers of McLaren Newport Beach, the company’s largest U.S. retailer. The McLaren MSO X was commissioned as a bespoke project to emulate the look and feel of the company’s 570S GT4 race car while remaining street legal. Basically, it’s a 570S with a swath of track-ready upgrades, including a functional roof snorkel, front dive planes, a titanium exhaust, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, carbon-fiber bodywork, and, of course, that big rear wing, which is claimed to produce a maximum of 220 pounds of downforce.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
The McLaren Formula 1 team just hired the World’s Fastest Gamer | Ars Technica
The F1 team wanted a new simulator driver. Now it has found one—through gaming.
After an exhausting week of fitness tests, engineering debriefs—plus plenty of racing games—the McLaren F1 team has crowned Rudy van Buren from Lelystad, Netherlands as the World's Fastest Gamer. More than just a fancy title and bragging rights, that has earned him a year's contract with the team as its new simulator driver. It's the culmination of a search that kicked off in May of this year, as the F1 team conferred the most legitimacy yet on this corner of the eSports world.
And it's a return to the sport for 25-year-old van Buren. At age 11 he was Dutch karting champion—and karts are where young racing drivers usually start. But then as now, it's a sport where talent often doesn't shout as loud as funding, and by 16 his racing career—or the first chapter in it—was done. "You search for a replacement because you’ve still got that racing feeling inside you," van Buren said. "You want to go on, but there’s no option or route available. That burn inside to win, doing a lap quicker and quicker, lap after lap, it’s a feeling that you can’t express. Every boy that starts karting dreams about F1, and at a certain point that dream just vanishes. Now by winning World’s Fastest Gamer, I can relive that dream."
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january 2018 by rgl7194
McLaren Updates 570GT and 570S With More Features for 2018| News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
The voice of the customer is bringing some changes to McLaren. The brand has announced that the 570GT, the touring version of the 570S, will now have a Sport Pack option that aligns its dynamic abilities more closely with those of the 570S. McLaren has also added five new Design Edition package options to the 570GT’s order sheet and upgraded standard features throughout the Sport Series range.
According to McLaren, customers wanted a blend of the 570GT’s body style, which offers more space for luggage and is tailored for more luxurious travel, with the chassis characteristics of the 570S, which has stiffer spring rates and a steering ratio that is 2 percent quicker. So for the new year, in addition to making carbon-ceramic brakes standard on the GT, McLaren will offer a Sport Pack option. Priced at the equivalent of just over $6600, it upgrades the steering rack, damper actuators, and uprights to those fitted on the S while tuning the adaptive damping, steering, and electronic stability control to S spec. The package also includes Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber.
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january 2018 by rgl7194
Top 10 Supercars Of 2017 | DriveTribe
It's the end of another year and the automotive world has been as incredible as it could be! This year saw the birth of new generation of hypercars which were more focused on shedding the weight and being as aerodynamic as possible rather than just having 1000+hp engines. We also witnessed some records being broken by some underdogs! So without further ado, here is my list of top 10 supercars from 2017.
cars  drivetribe  tesla  ferrari  porsche  mercedes  aston  dodge  demon  mclaren  lamborghini 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Race to 300mph: The five contenders gunning for the crown | DriveTribe
There's a saying that the first race happened when the second car was built. That's true to an extent, but there's a version of motorsport that goes back even further: the race against speed itself.
From the moment Karl Benz built his Patent Motorwagen, with nearly 0.7bhp and a top speed of around 7mph, we've been trying to build faster and faster cars.
It took almost 40 years before you could buy a car capable of 100mph. After that, more than 60 years elapsed before the first 200mph production car. Just 30 years on from that, we're talking about a 300mph car.
cars  performance  drivetribe  koenigsegg  bugatti  tesla  mclaren 
december 2017 by rgl7194
2019 McLaren Senna Hypercar Official Photos and Info | News | Car and Driver
A whole bunch of horsepower, not a lot of weight.
We’ve been telling you about McLaren’s plans for a new Ultimate Series hypercar for some time, a project heretofore known only by its P15 internal project code. This is the stripped-out superperformer that insiders promised would be quicker around a racetrack than the seminal P1. The fundamental ingredients—an overabundance of power in an extremely lightweight package—were already known, so it seemed that the only secrets left to spill would be the relative quantities of those, as well as the final exterior design.
We were wrong. McLaren managed to keep the best secret under wraps until the car’s official unveiling: its name. Meet the McLaren Senna. There’s a certain Ferrari Enzo quality to this news, both in the decision to dig into the brand’s illustrious motorsports history for its most extreme project—Ayrton Senna having won all three of his Formula 1 drivers’ championships with the team—and also for the confidence that it projects.
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december 2017 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: McLaren F1 GTR (2017 Then and Now)
That is one good looking McLaren F1! The black and red combo always looks nice, and this F1 GTR only makes it better!
cars  mclaren  hot_wheels 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Hot Wheels Car Culture Cars & Donuts is now out at Wheel Collectors – the Lamley Group
Let’s cut to the chase. Cars & Donuts is loaded. Two new castings – the Subaru WRX and BMW M1 – and it includes two of the most popular new castings of the last year – the FuguZ and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Oh, and there is a McLaren. And it is now available for purchase at Wheel Collectors, in singles and as a set, at this link:
2017 Hot Wheels Car Culture Cars & Donuts at Wheel Collectors
Grab them now, and I promise you will not be disappointed with what comes. There is so much to like about this set. The Hot Wheels Team went through it with me at the Convention...
Car Culture dominance continues.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  subaru  BMW_M  alfa  nissan  mclaren 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Bespoke McLaren 720S Features Dubai Skyline | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
It might not be as big or aggressive as the wing on the just-introduced 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, but the rear spoiler on this bespoke McLaren 720S is just as special and far more rare. It features a painted-on graphic that mimics the famously tall and ever changing Dubai skyline, a feature handcrafted by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) for this Dubai auto show one-off. Although the skyline is not perfectly accurate—leaving out the cranes, which seem to outnumber the actual buildings—there is a somewhat hidden secondary meaning. The shapes were created with Arabic letters, and the words they spell out translate to a piece of a famous Bruce McLaren quote: “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.” (The full quote reads: “To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”)
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november 2017 by rgl7194
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