McLaren Automotive has long been associated with some of the most cutting edge supercars that the world has ever seen. With their latest offering, they have again raised the bar of desirability when it comes to sheer good looks and performance. The McLaren 600lt and 720s spider are simply among the best looking cars on the planet – and with blistering performance have what it takes under the bonnet to make even the most jaded of high-performance automobile lovers smile from ear to ear.
The McLaren 720s Spider is certainly no slouch when it comes to blowing your hair back. Powered by a V8 Turbo this is a 202 mph convertible that quite simply changes the game. Adding to the attraction is the high tech folding top which makes sit suitable for any conditions – summer or winter this is a car that will reward the driver in ways that make other convertibles – or even other Supercars look pedestrian in comparison.
The 720s Spider is a reinvention of McLarens’s 720s Coupe – however, the carbon fiber core Monocage II core has seen some significant redesign allowing it to offer the rigid performance that allows the convertible to play in the big leagues. This has meant an increase in weight by around 50 kg’s, but even this sacrifice has allowed the McLaren to take top honors when it comes to weight in its class. It is simply the latest of its type on the road.
The four-liter twin turbo V8 is married to a 7-speed gearbox and the rear wheel drive configuration allows the McLaren 720s Spider to rocket to 62 mph in a stunning 2.9 seconds. It’ll eat up a quarter mile in a very rapid 10.4 seconds and with a top speed of 212 mph (albeit with the roof up). With the roof down it’s also no slouch, being able to reach 202 mph with ease. This is a car that can play with the big boys of the supercar world and easily hold its own.
McLaren has stuck with the same winning formula of interior design and exterior finishes that made the 720s Coupe so popular – a great move by the manufacturer.
McLaren has also not been sleeping on their laurels when it comes to other new models – the latest Mclaren 600LT delivers 400kw in a package that is sure to delight. This twin turbocharged, 3.8 liter V8 hypercar is the perfect big brother to the 720s Spider. It rewards the driver with an experience that must be enjoyed behind the wheel to be believed. It seems that McLaren is once again ready to take on the world when it comes to good looks and performance.
Using Formula 1 technology, the McLaren car company is based out of Great Britain. It began with race car driver Bruce McLaren, who created his own famous car in 1966 for the Monaco Grand Prix; the teenage driver created it out of an Austin 7 Ulster. While Bruce died tragically during a test run of the car in 1970, his legend for creating world-class custom race cars carried on and the McLaren Automotive company as it is now known was formed and established in 1985.
Originally, McLaren created a company called Bruce McLaren Motor Racing and in 1964, the very first McLaren race car was produced for the world. While there were literally only a handful released, it showed the world what Bruce’s vision was for a fast, attractive sports car. He debuted his very first McLaren sports car professionally in Monaco at the Grand Prix in the mid-1960s.
Bruce continued testing prototypes in the late 1960s before his death. He ended up making a car that could go well over 160 mph and could go from 0 to 100 in just a few seconds. This was the car he was working on at the time of his death. In the early 1980s, the company was taken over by Ron Dennis, according to Wikipedia. The company continued to explore making new types of sports cars and ended up creating models used by many famous racecar drivers.
The company brought in several advanced racecar designers. They worked with aerospace technology which made the company one of the most advanced around the world. They used carbon fiber to make their new cars, which made the vehicles extremely durable and strong. This was a novelty in the world of racing; drivers could now race in greater safety without compromising their speeds.
One of their most durable and famous cars was made in the early 1990s- They created the F1. The company only made about 100 of these cars, so the value of a McLaren was firmly established as being quite high. Later the company worked with Mercedes-Benz to collaborate on producing new models.
Some of the cars they made with Mercedes-Benz’s help included the SLR McLaren. By the early 2010s, the company relaunched itself. Its new name was McLaren Automotive and it made its own cars in its own way. The company based itself out of Surry and was renown for introducing the Spider to the sports car world.