New ‘Super Series’ from McLaren to debut at the Geneva Motor Show with the 675LT, a tribute to the F1 GTR ‘Longtail’
McLaren fans gearing up for the P1 GTR’s debut in Geneva later this year may also want to check out the brand new 675LT, the fastest model in Woking’s newly formed ‘Super Series’ that will also make its global premier in March.
Lining up alongside the existing 650S (and, in Asia at least, the 625C), the 675LT will sit above the recently teased Sport Series in McLaren’s range. Like its nominally named brethren, the 675LT will – presumably – be powered by McLaren’s established M838T 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8, the ‘675’ denoting the anticipated power output.
The ‘LT’ half of the name draws influence from McLaren’s legendary ‘Longtail’ model that first appeared in 1997, a development of the 95’ Le Mans winning F1 GTR. Significant for the extended bodywork compared with its road-going counterpart (though the pair continued to share a chassis), the Longtail competed in the FIA GT World Championship under the BMW Motorsports banner courtesy of its 6-litre V12 BMW powerplant. Against the formidable Mercedes CLK-GTR, the partnership that took five wins from 11 races during the ’97 season before McLaren pulled its factory support.
Few details have been revealed, despite the teaser clip below. McLaren’s claims though that the new road-legal 675LT will ‘embody the Longtail ethos’ mean it could be…well, long.
Source – McLaren Automotive