New member of the “sold out” club, McLaren Speedtail is no heir to the F1

It has a central driving position. It has an amazing top speed. And it is built by McLaren. This is pretty much all the new Speedtail has in common with the McLaren F1, the first car to deserve the hypercar classification. Although it is the newest member of the “sold out” club, the Speedtail can only claim it is the fastest McLaren ever built. And that it will earn buckets of money to its manufacturer, with a £1.75million plus taxes price tag. And all 106 have already been bought. A commercial success, but not the car fans expected.

McLaren Speedtail

First of all, because it lacks technical information. McLaren describes its efforts to have a car with an unimpressive 1,430 kg dry weight, but does not tell us why its width. Nor what is its wheelbase. It just says the car is 5.14 m long and that it can be just 1.12 m high in its Velocity mode, which aims to drive it up to 403 km/h. Luckily, the company says the Velocity mode lowers the car in 35 mm, what brings it to a total height of… 1.16 m. The car would also be able to reach 300 km/h from standstill in 12.8 s, while the P1 made the same deed in 16.5 s.

McLaren Speedtail

McLaren also states the car has a 1,050 ps “pioneering” hybrid powertrain. Why is it pioneering? What is so innovative about it that it deserves such an adjective? McLaren does not clarify that.

The company stresses the Speedtail is the most aerodynamically efficient car McLaren has ever built, but does not inform its aerodynamic coefficient nor its frontal area. And spends all the press release highlighting how light it is. Summing up, a waste of words for no information at all.

McLaren Speedtail

The Speedtail may be fast. May be impressive for the ones who manage to ever see one. But it is no F1 heir. Good try, McLaren, but you should seriously miss Gordon Murray. And Ron Dennis. Like Apple missed Steve Jobs for a while.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.