Three-seat hyper-GT officially surpasses the F1's top speed as production begins in Woking
Felix Page Autocar writer
23 December 2019

The new McLaren Speedtail has concluded its final testing phase with a series of 250mph runs at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.?

A development prototype, named XP2, was taken to its top speed more than 30 times on the Johnny Bohmer Proving Ground’s three-mile runway, confirming its status as the fastest car McLaren has yet built. That title was originally held by the firm’s iconic F1 hypercar, which achieved a 231mph top speed following its launch in 1994.?

McLaren’s chief test driver Kenny Brack was at the wheel of XP2 for the high-speed runs, which followed previous tests at locations including Idiada in Spain and Papenburg in Germany.?

The company calls the £1.75m Speedtail “a showcase for the brand’s expertise in lightweight engineering”, and notes that it is more aerodynamically efficient than any of its previous models.?

The hypercar is McLaren’s first series-production hybrid model since the 789bhp P1, and its first three-seater since the F1. At 5137mm long, it is also the longest production car to come out of Woking.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said: “The Speedtail is a truly extraordinary car that epitomises McLaren’s pioneering spirit and perfectly illustrates our determination to continue to set new benchmarks for supercar and hypercar performance.”

At its unveiling in 2018, McLaren said the Speedtail will be a true driver’s car. It has been designed as a ‘hyper-GT’, and is said to balance “a mature, stiff ride with comfort and speed”.?

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Exact details of the Speedtail’s 1055bhp petrol-electric powertrain remain under wraps, but McLaren claims the battery pack has a power density of 5.2kW/kg, giving it “the best power-to-weight ratio of any automotive high-voltage battery system”.?

With testing now complete, the Speedtail has now officially entered production at McLaren’s Woking factory, with deliveries of the 106 cars already sold set to begin in February 2020.

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23 December 2019

Making something that looks so out of proportion and odd in order that it hits a top speed that not a single customer will likely ever attempt, is a shocking decision.

This could have looked amazing (the front is excellent) and if it only hit 235mph nobody would really have cared. Instead, it looks like some?weird kit car from most angles and will hit a speed that's already been hugely eclipsed by others so there's little room for bragging either.

Some really bad choices?have been made here.

23 December 2019
How do you even know that? Did you test drive the car or have reviews of it came out? This looks miles better than the MP4-12c and the 570s.

23 December 2019
ID3TaycanTeslaModel3 wrote:

How do you even know that? Did you test drive the car or have reviews of it came out? This looks miles better than the MP4-12c and the 570s.

Deary me... It has a MUCH higher power to weight ratio than the F1 and a 25-year head start in aero. Surely they should have been able to hit 250mph without making it look so odd.?

Most people seem to agree that the proportions do look odd, whether it sells or not is irrelevant.

23 December 2019
jmd67 wrote:

Making something that looks so out of proportion and odd in order that it hits a top speed that not a single customer will likely ever attempt, is a shocking decision.

This could have looked amazing (the front is excellent) and if it only hit 235mph nobody would really have cared. Instead, it looks like some?weird kit car from most angles and will hit a speed that's already been hugely eclipsed by others so there's little room for bragging either.

Some really bad choices?have been made here.

They are making 106, and they are all SOLD..

So much for your insightful, yet so irrelevant comments..

23 December 2019
jmd67 wrote:

Making something that looks so out of proportion and odd in order that it hits a top speed that not a single customer will likely ever attempt, is a shocking decision.

This could have looked amazing (the front is excellent) and if it only hit 235mph nobody would really have cared. Instead, it looks like some?weird kit car from most angles and will hit a speed that's already been hugely eclipsed by others so there's little room for bragging either.

Some really bad choices?have been made here.

...how tastes differ; the proportions of this thing are growing on me slowly, but I believe the front to be its weakest aspect.

23 December 2019
... Su-perb in every way!!!

24 December 2019

I've never seen another car so full of extreme exotic details, yet when considered as a whole has a sensuous, cohesive style.??

23 December 2019

Yet another ludicrous hypercar that only the seriously rich can afford to buy and which nobody will ever see on the public roads.

Yawn.

23 December 2019
martin_66 wrote:

Yet another ludicrous hypercar that only the seriously rich can afford to buy and which nobody will ever see on the public roads.

Yawn.

yeah, inverted snobbery at its best, if you were in the position to buy one, had more than enough to buy one, would you?, and if you did, what would be your defence?

23 December 2019

How is that inverted snobbery? ?For what its worth, even if I could afford one of these ridiculous cars, I would never buy?one. ?And the people that do, well, they will never drive them. ?They will put them away in their climate controlled garages and none of these cars will ever do?more than 10,000 miles.

if I wanted a high performance car I would look at something?like a Lotus Esprit Turbo or a Ferrari F355. ?Proper, old school cars with a manual gearbox and a much purer driving experience. ?Yes, they may be old but if I was rich I could afford to maintain them.

i am just really bored with all these ridiculous hypercars from manufacturers who are simply looking for the next headline rather than producing more simple cars that are more accessible to more people. ?Constantly pandering to the rich and producing cars that will never be seen on public roads (except on the srteets of Knightsbridge outside Harrods) is just boring.

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