McLaren’s spectacular 400kph Speedtail has moved into its next stage of development, kicking off a year-long phase before production begins in late 2019. We have already been suitably impressed by the Speedtail’s incredible numbers and dramatic design, but McLaren says it’ll take this process of both private test facility running, as well as public road testing around Europe, North America and Africa to ensure buyers won’t be disappointed in their £1.75m (plus taxes) hyper-GT.
The first prototype vehicle to hit the track will also be named in homage to the original facility its forebear, the F1, was designed in nearly 20 years ago, affectionately dubbed ‘Albert’ after the Albert Drive street address in Woking. Despite its familiar nose from the 720S, the prototype is all Speedtail underneath, including the unique central seating position and hybridised 1036bhp powertrain.
The McLaren Speedtail: in detail
Created within McLaren’s Ultimate Series stable the Speedtail joins the Sennaand will, before 2025, be accompanied by the replacement for the P1. McLaren calls the Speedtail a Hyper-GT and it will be the fastest McLaren road car the young company has built when the first of the 106 examples are delivered in 2020. Although, you’ll need to scan the classifieds if you fancy one because each one is spoken for.
The Speedtail’s performance is achieved through two means. The more obvious is its hybrid powertrain that features the 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine assisted by electric motors driven by a battery pack stored between the passenger cell and the engine. Drive is sent to the rear via McLaren’s seven-speed gearbox and the Speedtail will reach 300kph from a standstill in 12.8sec – 3.7sec quicker than a P1.