Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
The commitment to continue minimizing weight comes as a new, limited-volume McLaren supercar comes to market with an 176lbs* reduction integral to a lightest dry weight of just 2,709lbs. The 765LT opens a fourth chapter in the McLaren Longtail story and embodies characteristics that have their roots in the legendary McLaren F1 ‘Longtail’ race cars of the late-1990s, with driver engagement, increased performance, lighter weight, track-focused dynamics and limited availability key features.
Even with the inherent benefit of a carbon fibre Monocage II structure at the car’s core, lighter weight set the biggest challenge for the 765LT development team. The new LT needed to be as light as possible in order to achieve the astonishing straight-line performance and cornering and braking abilities expected of a McLaren ‘Longtail’ and considering that the McLaren 720S – the car on which the 765LT is based – set a new benchmark for weight in the supercar class when it was introduced in 2017, an 176lbs reduction in DIN weight is a remarkable achievement.
The minimized weight is the result of a meticulous program of changes from the inside out, demonstrating a philosophy embedded in McLaren’s history as a pioneer in carbon fibre technologies since introducing the first carbon fibre chassis into Formula 1 in 1981. The 765LT makes extensive use of the lightweight but incredibly strong material, including for exterior body panels, aerodynamic components and inside the car, for the seats and center tunnel. Several of these components are fabricated at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Yorkshire, UK – the first time the new facility has created body components for a McLaren road car.
Other weight-saving measures on the 765LT include lightweight side windows and motorsport-style polycarbonate glazing at the rear of the car, with Formula 1-grade materials used in the transmission. The exhaust system – which is fully-formed in titanium – delivers a substantial 40 percent weight saving over a comparable steel system, with the quad-exit exhaust also tuned to provide a searing soundtrack appropriate for a car with this level of performance and driver engagement: with its light weight and a 755bhp, 590lb ft twin-turbo V8 engine, the 765LT can accelerate from standstill to 124mph in just 7.2 seconds.
The 765LT’s track-tuned suspension has also been designed with minimal weight in mind, with features such as motorsport-derived ‘helper’ springs that negate the need for a heavier, dual-rate sprint arrangement. Ultra-lightweight wheels, bespoke Pirelli P-Zero® Trofeo R tires and titanium wheel bolts together bring a saving of 48.5lbs, a reduction in unsprung mass that also enhances dynamic performance. Those fortunate enough to secure a 765LT can choose to leave air-conditioning and an audio system off the standard specification, although these driver comfort systems can be selected at no cost.
Just 765 individually-numbered examples of the new Longtail will be built to customer order globally and McLaren retailers are already taking deposits for the cars, either in person, online or by telephone, depending on current Covid-19 restrictions in individual countries. Further information about the 765LT is available at https://cars.mclaren.com/en/super-series/765lt.
Notes to editors:
Footage of the 765LT in action on track and a selection of high resolution images can be downloaded from the McLaren Automotive media site: cars.mclaren.press
*176lbs reduction in DIN weight compared to McLaren 720S
About McLaren Automotive:
McLaren Automotive is a creator of luxury, high-performance 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’s product portfolio of GT, Supercar, Motorsport and Ultimate models are retailed through over 85 retailers in more than 32 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 its 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 as well as the new GT, the track-only Senna GTR and unveiled the 620R and the McLaren Elva. In 2020, McLaren launched the 765LT.
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
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