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McLaren to Open 4 New US Dealerships

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With growing demand for McLaren’s high performance vehicles, the company said that it would need to ramp up staff by adding 250 jobs and a second shift in the U.K. to keep up with the demand for production.

McLaren projects that in 2016 it will double the number of cars sold in 2015. This will require not only staffing up on the production side, but also widening their distribution channels. In the U.S., McLaren’s four newest retail additions are McLaren Bergen County in Ramsey, N.J.; McLaren Boston, McLaren Houston and McLaren Palm Beach. These retail locations will be in partnership with existing luxury car dealerships.

Tony Joseph, president of McLaren Automotive North America, said “Each dealer joins us with a wealth of experience in their local markets, and we look forward to having them support the brand during this period of considerable sales growth.”

All four locations will provide sales and servicing of all McLaren vehicles.


Celebrating a Legacy: McLaren F1

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The McLaren F1 is like the Jennifer Aniston of cars in that she’s looking better and better with age. But that’s about as far as the comparison goes. The F1 has been with us for 24 years one doesn’t have to argue too hard to say that esthetically it holds its own against today’s hypercars. The F1’s beauty is defined beyond what’s on the outside. Look deeper and you’ll see one of the only production cars with a center seating position, a cabin filled with titanium and carbon fibre goodies, and a gold lined engine bay that encases a BMW 6.1L V12.

To celebrate the legacy that is the McLaren F1, and its creator Gordon Murray, a display of some ultra rare F1s will be presented at the London Classic Car Show between February 18-21. The exhibit will include a pair of standard road cars, two GTR race cars, and the unicorn of them all a long tail F1 GT road car. Unique artifacts will also be showcased such as JJ Lehto’s race suit that he wore during the 1995 Le Mans 24hr which he won piloting an F1. Rare technical drawings will also be on display to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Le Mans win.

Event director Bas Bungish said “All those involved in what’s clearly going to be a very special homage to the F1 believe it will be by far the best, and most complete, insight ever put together for the public.”


McLaren P1 Recalled

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Even the most premiere performance auto house isn’t immune to recalls. McLaren has issued a recall on 122 of their P1 cars in the US with a build date between March 1, 2013 to October 31, 2015.

The problem has been identified as a faulty secondary front hood latch which may not properly engage. Basically, if the primary hood latch is accidently released, the secondary latch may not operate correctly and potentially release the hood while the vehicle is in motion. Vehicles that were produced after October 31, 2015 have all been fitted with a revised version of the secondary hood latch.

Owners should contact me immediately for an inspection and road test. In all seriousness, owners will hear from McLaren shortly to take their cars into the dealer for a full inspection and replacement of the secondary hood latch.


Curtain Call for McLaren P1 Production

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Supercars have always had a special place in a car freak’s heart. They symbolize speed, technology, and exclusivity. As a kid, I remember having posters of Lamborghini’s Countach and Ferrari’s F40 plastered on my walls. I bought Tamiya’s 1/24 scale versions of these cars, painstakingly cutting, painting, and gluing each piece together so I too can imagine what it would be like to own such unattainable vehicles. The McLaren P1 is the modern day equivalent of my F40.

The planned 375 production McLaren P1 has come and gone with the exception of the remaining track-only P1 GTR in it’s final numbers on the assembly line. The McLaren company is known for producing hyper performance cars that are ultra exclusive being that production numbers are always low and the vehicles are all spoken for before they even hit the showroom floors.

Like those who came before it, the P1 will likely continue to appreciate in value and the thought of owning one will just become a farther and farther reach.


McLaren Announces Limited Production 675LT Spider

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No strangers to performance, exclusivity and beauty, McLaren announced that it will produce a limited run of 675LT Spiders.

The vehicle will be based on the 675LT coupe which is powered by McLaren’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 pumping out an astounding 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The combined power and light weight package propels the vehicle from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and to a top speed is 203 mph. With the top dropped, that should provide a nice flow of fresh air into the cabin. And once you bring the 675LT Spider back to a crawling pace of 19 mph, you can start to retract the three-piece folding hardtop.

Once again, McLaren puts the 675LT Spider on a strict carbon fiber diet that helps drop the dry weight of the car to 2,800 pounds putting it at 220 pounds lighter than the 650S Spider.

It is expected that McLaren limit production numbers to only 500 units globally, and you too can take one off the lot starting at $373,600 each.


McLaren F1 GT Experimental Prototype #056 in New York

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One of three. Seeing a McLaren F1 in person is rare enough, but to see the most rare of all, the McLaren F1 XPGT (Experimental Prototype GT) definitely tops some sort of list. McLaren had brought this F1 out at the Geneva Auto Show to showcase the new McLaren 675LT “Longtail”, as this was the prototype Longtail that McLaren needed to build for homologating the F1 GTR race car. McLaren didn’t even need to build any more F1 GT’s, but they built 2 more to satisfy their wealthy clientele, hence, one of three.

The XPGT, owned by McLaren, rarely leaves the factory. It rarely leaves Europe, so seeing it displayed at the New York Auto Show in Manhattan was just something else. It was only out in the open for a single non public day, so unfortunately, the chance to see her is gone.

You can read more on the history and story of the XPGT #056 over at the McLaren website. We were able to get some close up shots of her, check it out after the jump.

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New York: The Almost Affordable McLaren 570S Coupé

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I’ve been supporting McLaren in Formula One for as long as I can remember, cheering on the likes of Senna, Häkkinen, and Montoya in the glory days. Sure they’re dead last in F1 this year, and it’s been painful watching them struggle, but there’s nowhere to go but up at this point for the second oldest Formula One team on the grid. Their new road car division however, has been really hitting the marks with products that caters to Generation X’ers struggling through mid-life crisis with really deep pocket books. And today, with the unveiling of the McLaren 570S Coupé, the price of admission just got a little more affordable.

Targeting the upper sports car customers, McLaren has aggressively set the target in the $180,000 range, making the 570S by far the most attainable McLaren to date. First in the line of the newly minted McLaren Sports Series, the 570S brings race derived technology and unparalleled performance into this sports car segment held by the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8, and the now discontinued Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

What does McLaren bring to the table? The 570S features the only car in its class with a Carbon Fiber monocoque, dubbed the MonoCell II in McLaren speak. Derived from the 650S’s MonoCell, it weighs around 170lbs in the 570S, offers exceptional strength and stiffness, and brings the weight of the 570S down to around 2900lbs. The engine, another derivative from the 650S, pumps out 562hp (570PS, hence the name), giving the 570S a blistering 5.2lb/hp power to weight ratio. The combination results in a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, 0-200km/h blast in 9.5 seconds, and a top speed of 204mph in a mid-engine RWD package under $200k. Isn’t it great having big brother pay all the R&D bills?

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McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept Unveiled

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It may have took two decades, but McLaren has just unveiled the design concept for the successor to the McLaren F1 GTR at a private function at the Pebble Beach Concours event. Meet the McLaren P1 GTR. The goal of the McLaren P1 GTR is crystal clear: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track. The key to that goal is “on track” as McLaren is not constrained by any pesky federal legislations for road legality, or silly bumper laws, emissions standards, etc etc.

Compared to the road going P1, the front track has been increased by 80mm. The P1 GTR ride height is fixed, lower than the standard car and rides on a race-prepared suspension system. The mirrors have been relocated to reduce drag and be closer to the eye line of the driver. The P1 GTR rides on a set of 19″ wheels, 10.5″ wide up front and 13″ out back wrapped in a set of racing slicks and are secured with quick-release centre locking nuts. Changing tires on the P1 GTR will be made easier with the onboard air jacking system, like the one seen on the McLaren 650S GT3.

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Formula 1: Vettel Takes Bahrain Again


The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix is the 2nd back to back race of the year. An interesting race, which was cancelled due to anti-government protests in 2011, the race has been won 3 times by Fernando Alonso, once by Sebatian Vettel, and once by Jenson Button. The track temps are always hot, being in the desert, and there is no chance for rain, and a very low chance for a safety car. Being in the desert, the track is dusty, and conditions improve significantly as the race progresses.

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Formula 1: Fernando Alonso and Ferrari Dominates in China


The drama in China unfolded on Saturday during qualifying, where Lewis Hamilton ran a perfect lap to grab pole from Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button, Sebatian Vettel, and Nico Hulkenberg both did not set a lap, which allowed them to start the race on the Medium tires, while the top cars were forced to start on the Soft tires that they qualified on. As the race progressed, this turns out to be a key strategic decision that helped the Red Bull, Sauber, and McLaren drivers through the race.

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