Jay Leno checks out a unique McLaren Speedtail


McLaren’s dealership in Beverly Hills has a Speedtail like no different, which not too long ago paid a go to to Jay Leno’s Storage.

The dealership was given this automobile as a reward for top gross sales. It’s a Speedtail prototype that’s been completed to manufacturing spec, however carrying the identical livery used throughout testing. McLaren nicknamed the automobile Albert, referencing Albert Drive in Woking, U.Ok. That’s the road the place the manufacturing facility for the McLaren F1 was positioned. That facility is now house to the McLaren Particular Operations (MSO) personalization division.

The distinctive livery begins with Ueno Grey up entrance fading into Magnesium Silver on the rear. Magnesium Silver is the colour used for the McLaren F1 at its 1992 Monaco Grand Prix debut, and featured on quite a few automobile journal covers. Ueno Grey is the colour of the Ueno-sponsored F1 GTR that received outright on the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. The strains that join the 2 shades characterize an optimized airflow sample, McLaren mentioned when the automobile was unveiled in 2021.

It took MSO 12 weeks to finish the paint job alone. These airflow strains are uncovered carbon fiber, every with particular person pinstripes.

The Speedtail was billed by McLaren because the non secular successor to the F1, because it was designed as a highway automobile somewhat than a monitor automobile. It additionally has the F1’s distinctive three-seat association, with the motive force positioned within the heart. That’s one thing Gordon Murray, designer of the F1, additionally reproduced for the GMA T.50, his personal F1 homage.

Propulsion comes from a hybrid powertrain utilizing a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 and a single electrical motor. Peak output of 1,055 hp and 848 lb-ft of torque is shipped to the rear wheels, permitting the Speedtail to succeed in 250 mph.

Simply 106 buyer automobiles have been constructed with an estimated value of $2.2 million every. Whereas McLaren didn’t engineer the Speedtail to be road authorized within the U.S., about one third of the manufacturing run is believed to have ended up right here. None of these automobiles seem like Albert, although.

This text was initially printed by Motor Authority, an editorial associate of ClassicCars.com


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