I don't even really know where to start with a car like the McLaren Speedtail. McLaren calls this three-seater a "Hyper-GT" and says it pays tribute to the mighty F1. But really, The Speedtail looks like nothing before it. It's stunning.
With the Speedtail, McLaren wanted to best the F1's 243-mph top speed, and that goal defines the look of the car. It takes inspiration from the streamliners that set speed records in the 1930s with a distinct teardrop shape that's most obvious when viewed overhead. It's also long—16.9 feet, which makes the Speedtail nine inches longer than McLaren's distinctive F1 GTR "Longtail."
You can tell McLaren designers and engineers were obsessed with reducing drag everywhere possible. Traditional rearview mirrors have been replaced with rear-facing cameras that can retract into the bodywork, and the front wheels are covered by fixed carbon-fiber pieces. The Speedtail also uses a version of McLaren's innovative active chassis system, with a mode that reduces ride height by 1.4 inches.
Gif above from of the Speedtail.
But, the craziest drag-reducing components are the two ailerons at the rear that seem to meld into the Speedtail's carbon-fiber body seamlessly. I'll let McLaren's press release explain those:
These dynamic elements are hydraulically actuated and an integral part of the rear clamshell, formed in flexible carbon fibre; the body of the Speedtail can quite literally bend. With a tolerance of only 1mm between the surfaces, this dramatic new technology all but removes any gaps or shutlines between the vehicle and the leading edge of the spoilers, meaning there is no turbulent air, no drag and no loss of speed.
Just look at those things! They don't look real.
The Speedtail's low-drag bodywork is complemented by a hybrid drivetrain serving up 1035 hp—132 more than that of the P1. This combination produces dramatic results. Top speed is 250 mph, but what's arguably more impressive is the acceleration—McLaren quotes a 12.8-second 0-186 mph time. For reference, a Bugatti Chiron—which has 465 more horsepower—does the same in 13.1 seconds; McLaren's own P1 takes 16.5 seconds to do it. Though, the Koenigsegg One:1 has the Speedtail beat with an 11.92-second 0-186 mph run.
Oh, and did I mention it's a three-seater? Like the McLaren F1, the driver and two passengers sit in a "delta" formation, giving an incredible view of the road ahead. The dihedral doors resemble those of a 720S, and the upper part is a single piece of lightweight curved glass extending up towards the center section of the roof, which is part of the car's structure. They're power-operated, since closing doors is hard when you're sitting in the middle of the car, as many McLaren F1 owners could tell you. The glass on the windshield is unique, too—the top section is electrochromic, and is able to be dimmed at the push of a button. This gets rid of the need for sun visors.
Like the F1, McLaren will only build 106 examples, each starting at £1.75 million ($2.24 million). All are spoken for.