Alex Long, Managing Director Europe, McLaren Automotive
For Auto e Moto d’Epoca in Padua, the British sportscar and supercar brand’s short walk through time begins with the McLaren P1™. This was the car that defined the term ‘hypercar’ with its carbon fibre construction, Formula 1-inspired aerodynamics with Drag Reduction System (DRS), and an innovative hybrid powertrain. The P1™ was the first car to introduce the Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), developed from the KERS energy recovery system used in Formula 1 cars. With a total of 916PS, the 217mph P1TM quickly established a reputation as the ultimate drivers’ car.
Link to the McLaren P1™ press kit: https://www.cars.mclaren.press/press-kits/mclaren-p1
Just 375 cars were built and the example McLaren Automotive is sending to the Padua show is among the most well-known: the original Amethyst Black press demonstrator with the P1 OOV registration plate. Today it is part of McLaren’s heritage collection.
Scroll forward seven years and another McLaren that rewrites the rules just as comprehensively is the McLaren GT, being shown in Padua for the first time. Like the P1™ before it, the new GT delivers a unique proposition, combining the dynamism and driver engagement of a McLaren with the continent-crossing comfort and refinement of a traditional grand tourer.
Sure to make a stunning contrast to the dark purple P1™, the McLaren GT bound for the Padua show is finished in the Elite paint finish of Namaka Blue. The car features the optional Electrochromic glass roof that has quickly become a McLaren GT signature item, along with privacy glass and Gloss Black 15-spoke forged alloy wheels. Inside, the GT is finished in luxurious Porcelain leather and equipped with the Practicality Pack to highlight the luggage-carrying abilities of the most spacious McLaren ever made. Prices for the Italian market start from €203,000.
Link to the McLaren GT press kit: https://www.cars.mclaren.press/press-kits/new-gt
Auto e Moto d’Epoca also provides a glimpse into the bespoke world of McLaren Special Operations (MSO). Thanks to a range of MSO enhancements, no two P1™s were ever alike, and the new GT offers the same level of hand-crafted customisation. Amongst its many features, the GT is fitted with the MSO Bright Pack which includes chrome window surrounds, titanium exhaust finishers and a diamond-cut finish for the wheels.
Auto e Moto d’Epoca in Padua is a celebration of cars both classic and contemporary. Last year 1,600 exhibitors in 11 pavilions displayed 5,000 cars for 120,000 visitors from across Europe. The show began 30 years ago as a vintage car and automobilia market and today ranks as Europe’s largest event of its type. This is the second time McLaren’s Italian distributor, McLaren Milano, has supported the show, reflecting its enduring popularity.
Auto e Moto d’Epoca is open every day from Thursday October 24 to Sunday October 27, from 09:00 – 19:00 (09:00 – 18:00 on October 24).
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About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.
Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.
Launched in 2010, the company is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.
The company has defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series, Ultimate Series and Motorsport which are retailed through over 80 retailers in more than 30 markets around the world.
McLaren is a pioneer that continuously pushes the boundaries. In 1981, it introduced lightweight and strong carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 with the McLaren MP4/1. Then in 1993 it designed and built the McLaren F1 road car - the company has not built a car without a carbon fibre chassis since. As part of the Ultimate Series, McLaren was the first to deliver a hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1™.
Announced at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the company’s Track25 business plan will see it invest £1.2billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
In 2018, the company launched the 600LT and the first two cars of Track25, the McLaren Speedtail, the next Ultimate Series, and McLaren’s first ever Hyper-GT, and 720S Spider. It also opened a new £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region in the North of England that will see it produce the next generation of lightweight carbon fibre ‘tubs’ that are at the heart of all McLaren cars.
2019 saw McLaren launch the 600LT Spider, the unveil of the previously-confirmed track-only Senna GTR and the new McLaren GT revealed as the fourth car of Track25.
To support the development, engineering and manufacture of its range of innovative sportscars and supercars, McLaren Automotive partners with world leading companies to provide specialist expertise, technology and solutions. These include Richard Mille, Pirelli, Dell Technologies, Ashurst, AkzoNobel and OnePlus.
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury automotive and technology and comprises three businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies.
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