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McLaren's first road vehicle

McLaren Automotive Ltd. built their first road vehicle, the McLaren F1, between 1994 and 1997. The vehicle was technologically extremely advanced in many respects and a pioneer in the super sports car segment. For example, the body was built from carbon fiber and then combined in a monocoque. At that time, this was only possible with extremely great technical effort and very high production costs. The 12-cylinder engine was provided by BMW. A total of only 106 pieces were built.

Today the F1 has an extremely high collector's value and is the symbol of the successful history of McLaren Automotive Ltd.

Cooperation with Mercedes-Benz

Between 2003 and 2009, the McLaren SLR was jointly built by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren.
The carbon fiber reinforced plastic body shell was manufactured in Portsmouth and the parts were assembled in Woking.
Visually, the SLR is based on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé of the 1950s, for example the butterfly doors and the characteristic ventilation openings were adopted from the design of the classic.
The SLR has a supercharged 5.4 L V8 with 626 hp and 780 Nm torque.
Production was limited to 3500 pieces, of which 2157 pieces were ultimately delivered.

McLaren's first self-built car

The McLaren Mp4-12C, now only called the 12C, was the first independent development by McLaren. The vehicle was presented in autumn 2009 and had the aim of shaking up the super sports car market. Thanks to a lot of experience gained in racing, McLaren was able to develop the 12C technologically extremely complex and extremely advanced in terms of software. The super sports car was built with a carbon monocoque, which gives the chassis extreme torsional rigidity. The 3.8 liter bi-turbo V8 has 625 hp and 572 Nm of torque.

In 2014, the 12C was replaced in favor of its successor, the 650S.

McLaren P1

The McLaren P1 was also presented in 2014. With its performance, the vehicle penetrated new worlds of road vehicles and is the technological pioneer for the following McLaren models. The P1 has the already well-known 3.8 L V8 in a heavily modified form and develops 737 hp. In addition, the McLaren P1 has a 179 hp electric motor to balance the power curve and increase performance. Together, the engines produce over 916 hp and 900 Nm of torque.
The ground clearance of the chassis can be reduced by 50 mm by the driver using a system called RaceActive Chassis Control (RCC) in order to provide more aerodynamic downforce through the ground effect. The power is transmitted via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The brake system with carbon-ceramic brake discs comes from Akebono, which also develops and produces the brake systems on the McLaren Formula 1 vehicles. Similar to the Formula 1 racing car McLaren MP4 / 13 from the 1998 season, the P1 is equipped with a system called Brake Steer, which brakes the inner wheel slightly when cornering and thus gives the vehicle more agility when cornering. This enables higher cornering speeds. Among other things, a six-stage ESP ensures stability, in which the traction control and braking interventions are coordinated differently depending on the selected level (normal, sport, track, race, track-off, race-off).
The McLaren P1 is a hypercar and was sold at McLaren under the Ultimate series.

McLaren Sport Series

McLaren has been building a vehicle for the sports car segment for the first time since 2015.

The McLaren 570S has the same 3.8 L V8 as its bigger "siblings", but has an output of only 570 hp compared to 650 hp. With this vehicle, McLaren tried to find an ideal balance between performance and everyday suitability, which they succeeded in doing. The McLaren 570S has won numerous awards. For example the “Car of the Year Award” from Motortrend or the “Best of the Best Award” at the Red Dot Awards.

In the following, McLaren has presented the 570GT, which focuses even more on suitability for everyday use and long-distance comfort. With somewhat softer dampers, additional cargo space and adapted software, McLaren is penetrating the Gran Turismo sports car segment for the first time.