McLaren donates a bespoke 570S Spider to Elton John's AIDS Foundation's Argento Ball 2018; sees winning bid of $948,000

29 Jun 2018

  • McLaren supports the Elton John AIDS Foundation on its silver anniversary with donation of 570S Spider painted in Blade Silver
  • Won by an anonymous west coast US bidder at the Argento Ball auction for $948,000; all proceeds going to the Foundation to help create an AIDS-free future

McLaren Automotive, the creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars, has for the first time ever donated a bespoke McLaren 570S Spider to the Elton John AIDS Foundation which was auctioned at the Argento Ball in association with BVLGARI & Bob and Tamar Manoukian on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.   Every pound of the $948,000 it raised will go to the Foundation to help with its goal of creating an AIDS-free future for everybody.  The ball took place at Elton John’s home, Woodside in Berkshire UK, with Graham Norton as master of ceremonies and a special performance by Ed Sheeran.

To mark the unique occasion and to celebrate the Argento Ball’s silver anniversary, the special 570S Spider features a  special metallic ‘Blade Silver’ paint finish that is hand-sprayed. The 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels are in a contrasting Stealth finish while the carbon ceramic brake callipers stand out in signature McLaren Orange. Inside, this bespoke 570S Spider features a ‘By McLaren’ Sport interior with Jet Black Nappa leather seats stitched with Carbon Black thread. The engine’s distinctive voice is further enhanced by the optional Sports Exhaust, and in the unlikely event that the winning bidder tires of the engine note, the 10-speaker Bowers & Wilkins stereo system will keep them entertained.

In addition to the bespoke 570S Spider, the winner of the lot, who is based on the US west coast, will receive a personal tour of the McLaren Technology Centre by Amanda McLaren, the only child of founder Bruce McLaren and a brand ambassador for McLaren Automotive. The winner will have an opportunity to witness the creation of a McLaren from behind the scenes – a money-can’t-buy- experience, as the Technology Centre is not open to the public.  After the tour, Amanda will sign the car and wave the winner off around McLaren’s lake in their bespoke McLaren 570S Spider.

Over the last 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has reached millions of people across 26 countries with the HIV information, support and care to save lives and prevent new cases. In addition, the foundation has prevented almost a million babies being born with the HIV virus and helped to leverage nearly $400 million in additional funding from governments and funding partners.  

The McLaren 570S Spider is available to order from all McLaren retailers and can be “won” at a more affordable price of $208,800 (U.S.).  Bespoke service are available from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), which offers almost limitless design possibilities.  Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, this two-seater 570S Spider can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and features a top speed of 196mph with the top down.  The roof is an electrically-folding hardtop that can be lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 25mph, especially suitable for those sunny west coast days.  



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About McLaren Automotive:

McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars.

The company, launched in 2010, is now the largest part of the McLaren Group.

Every vehicle is hand-assembled at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey, England.

The company has three defined product families: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series which are retailed through over 80 retailers in 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 in 2016, the company’s Track22 business plan will see the company invest £1billion in research and development to deliver 15 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2022, of which at least half will be hybrids.

2017 saw the company launch further models in line with Track22 including the second-generation Super Series, the 570S Spider and the McLaren Senna.

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 and technology. These include AkzoNobel, Kenwood, Pirelli and Richard Mille.

McLaren Group:
The McLaren Group is a global leader in luxury high performance and technology and comprises three principal businesses: Automotive, Racing and Applied Technologies.


Further information:

Roger Ormisher
Vice President, Communications & PR | McLaren North America
Phone: +1 714 501 8137

Laura Tilley
Public Relations Manager | McLaren North America
Phone: +1 765 517 2186

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