The Mclaren 675LT Does Bespoke At Speed

Mclaren’s newest car is a shout-out to its racing history, and the new top dog in its performance present.
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Mclaren’s newest car is a shout-out to its racing history, and the new top dog in its performance present.

In 1997, Mclaren unveiled a new racecar, the F1 GTR Longtail, a complete overhaul of their standard car meant to compete in the premier GT1 class that included purpose-built racers like the Mercedes CLK-GTR and Porsche 911-GT1. In addition to its stretched rear, the F1 Longtail had a wider front and rear track for greater stability, plus all-new aerodynamic components.

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Although Mclaren’s latest longtail—the 650S-based 675LT—is for the street, it benefits from exactly the same upgrades. It will be the best Super Series (i.e., not the ridiculous hybrid P1), with a lighter curb weight, improved aerodynamics, 35 more horsepower, and an entirely bespoke suspension influenced by what Mclaren’s engineers learned from building the P1. This car, in Chicane Grey, is the most hardcore on offer, with a Club Sport Pack that includes a titanium roll-hoop and a fire-extinguisher, all the better to safely stretch those long, long legs.