McLaren London Celebrates 1000th Car With Unique 600LT
The latest McLaren 600LT Coupé built at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking also has the accolade of celebrating the 1,000th car to be sold by McLaren London, the first-ever McLaren Automotive retailer. The landmark car, which features a portfolio of enhancements from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), was commissioned by the retailer and will shortly be available in the London showroom that first opened for business in June 2011.
MSO additions to this 600LT Coupé include an MSO Bespoke Roof Scoop finished in Gloss Visual Carbon Fiber; MSO Defined Carbon Fiber Roof and Cantrails and an MSO Clubsport Pro Pack, which comprises Super-Lightweight Carbon Fiber Racing Seats, Carbon Fiber Interior Upgrade, MSO Defined Front Fender Louvres, Titanium Wheel Bolts, an MSO Defined Harness Bar and MSO Defined 6-Point Harnesses. Two Carbon Fiber Exterior Upgrade Packs are also fitted, and unsprung weight is reduced with 10-Spoke Ultra-Lightweight Wheels finished in Gloss Black, contrasted with McLaren Orange brake calipers.
The headrests are embroidered with ‘600LT’ and the throttle pedal carries the same branding, engraved into the aluminium. The seat pads have been stitched in McLaren Orange and the same color features on 12-o’clock mark of the Carbon Black Alcantara Steering Wheel. Air conditioning – a no-cost option on this track-focused car – has been specified, as have parking sensors and a rear parking camera, vehicle lift and a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system. Also installed is the McLaren Track Telemetry (MTT) system with lap time function and three cameras.
With 600LT Coupé now approaching conclusion, attention is now exclusively devoted to the limited-run 600LT Spider, the order book for which is filling fast. Both versions of the 600LT have been designed with a focus on track driving and benefit from reduced weight and optimized aerodynamics for absolute driver engagement. The cars also have the added attraction of top-exit exhausts situated close behind occupants’ heads, amplifying the urgent soundtrack of the latest LT models. Like the Coupé, the Spider’s light weight makes the most of the 600PS generated by its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with acceleration from 0-100km/h (62mph) achieved in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 324km/h (201mph) with the retractable hard-top in place.
First Look: The Lotus Evija (Type 130)
The world’s first fully electric British hypercar, the all-new Lotus Evija, has been revealed. With unparalleled performance and a target power output of 2,000 PS, it sets new standards in terms of advanced EV engineering. Quite simply, the Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built.
Like all Lotus cars throughout the brand’s storied 71-year history, the Evija has been precision-engineered to deliver an outstanding driving experience both on the road and track. It is the most dynamically accomplished model ever built by the company, setting new standards for Lotus driving performance. Above all else, it is ‘For The Drivers’.
As a name, Evija (pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’) means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. It is highly appropriate; Lotus has an unquestionable reputation for its pioneering approach in both automotive and motorsport.
The Evija marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of an iconic and much-loved British sports car brand. It is the first hypercar from Lotus, and the company’s first model with an electrified powertrain. As the first completely new car to be launched under the stewardship of Geely – the world’s fastest growing automotive group – its significance cannot be overstated.
Exclusivity and desirability go hand in hand in the world of hypercars, and the Evija is blessed with an abundance of both. Production is limited to not more than 130 examples, making it among the most exclusive cars ever launched. It’s a figure set in tribute to the car’s project code, Type 130. Lotus road and race cars throughout the brand’s seven decades of success have been assigned a Type number, and the Evija is no exception.
Hethel, close to the historic city of Norwich in the east of England, UK, has been the home of Lotus since 1966. The company has confirmed production of the Evija will begin there during 2020.
As well as tempting the world’s hypercar buyers, the car will act as a halo for the rest of the Lotus range – the renowned Elise, Exige and Evora. It will do the same for a range of eagerly anticipated new Lotus performance models to come.
A stunning piece of contemporary automotive design, the Evija features a dramatic Venturi tunnel through each rear quarter, giving it a truly breath-taking presence.
The Evija signals the start of a contemporary new design language for Lotus, which will evolve and reappear on future high-performance cars.
Illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity which has always been part of the Lotus DNA, the Evija is a technical tour de force. It continues the legendary Lotus bloodline that’s rich in firsts and technical game-changers, both in the automotive and motorsport sectors. While it is a glimpse of the future from Lotus, it remains true to the company’s DNA and the guiding principles of founder Colin Chapman, who built the first Lotus in 1948.
The Evija is the first Lotus road car to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis. The cabin, from the fully adjustable race-style seats to the multi-function steering wheel, is the very pinnacle of motorsport-inspired road car design and technology.
At the heart of the Evija is an ultra-advanced all-electric powertrain. It has been developed by technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, famed for success in motorsport, from Formula One to electrifying the first four seasons of Formula E. The battery pack is mid-mounted immediately behind the two seats and supplies energy directly to four powerful e-motors. This highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car. With a target weight of just 1,680 kg, it will be the lightest pure electric hypercar ever to go into series production.
Engineered for precise and sustained performance, the Evija has five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track. It can race from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in under three seconds and accelerate to a top speed of more than 200 mph (0-320 km/h).
Matt Windle, Executive Director, Sports Car Engineering, Lotus Cars, said: “Every element of the Evija has been meticulously analysed and validated. Precision engineering is nothing without human engagement, and that’s why technology with soul is the benchmark for this and every Lotus.”
The Evija is priced from £1.7m plus duties and taxes. A £250,000 deposit secures a production slot. Order books are now open through www.lotuscars.com.
Goodwood Festival of Speed Debut of the McLaren GT
The new McLaren GT toured the Goodwood estate for its global dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today in front of an audience of thousands.
Just before midday the McLaren GT appeared from the Fox Gates at the front of Goodwood House, announced by TV presenter Nicki Shields. Taking the wheel of the rule-breaking McLaren GT, Shields drove the car on its debut run up Goodwood Hill and its first dynamic public appearance. The McLaren GT completed four further hill runs throughout the afternoon with Le Mans class-winner Jonny Kane and GT racer Ollie Millroy taking over driving duties.
The McLaren of Grand Tourers – McLaren’s modern interpretation of the classic GT – was revealed online on May 15. Superlight, yet supremely comfortable, the McLaren GT is powered by a 620PS 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, providing supercar performance. It accelerates from 0-100km/h (0-60mph) in 3.2 seconds and on to 326km/h (203mph), and can carry up to 570 liters of luggage – enough for a grand tour for two people.
The McLaren GT also performs on the inside with luxurious trim options including Nappa leather, softgrain leather or Alcantara®, and seats unique to the McLaren GT that are designed for long distance comfort. The luggage bay can also be trimmed with SuperFabric, developed to be resistant to stains, cuts, nicks and abrasions, as well as being breathable, easy to clean and quick to dry.
The McLaren GT’s interior also features hidden-until-lit ambient lighting and the option of an electrochromic glazed panel to enhance ambience in the cabin, which is also trimmed with machined and knurled aluminium switches and controls.
The infotainment system developed for the new McLaren GT is the company’s most sophisticated to date, featuring industry-standard HERE navigation and real-time traffic information and it can also be linked to an optional 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system. The McLaren GT is priced from £163,000 (UK).