McLaren Automotive had its best year ever in 2017, setting a new sales record.
Largely thanks to the addition of the more affordable Sport Series family of vehicles into its lineup, the supercar maker was able to deliver a total of 3,340 cars in 2017, up from 3,286 in 2016.
Sports Series cars like the 540C and 570S accounted for 2,119 deliveries in 2017 — up from 2,031 in 2016 — while the remaining 1,221 units consisted of McLaren’s Super Series offerings, namely the 650S and its insanely fast 720S replacement.
Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive, stated:
“Demand has been strong for McLaren Automotive across our product families in 2017, with interest particularly robust in our biggest market, North America. The majority of sales came from the Sports Series family, our brand entry point that is achieving significant interest and attracting new customers. With a strong order bank stretching well into this summer, it is expected that close to half of 2018 sales will derive from the Super Series.”
Divvying up the record sales by geography, a total of 1,234 units (up from 1,139 in 2016) came from North America, McLaren’s largest market. That’s right, the British marque’s most lucrative audience is not China, not DUbai, and not even it home country of England — It’s America!
McLaren Won’t Make A Super SUV Because SUVs Aren’t Cool
The company has no plans to follow Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Bugatti into the highly lucrative segment.
McLaren continues to show no interest in SUVs, even though rivals Ferrari and Bugatti have confirmed plans to follow Lamborghini and Bentley into the segment.
In an interview with , McLaren Sports Series director Darren Goddard said “there’s nothing cool about an SUV” and that the company plans to maintain a sports car and supercar-only lineup.
“They are all just chasing volume,” he argued. “It’s not pure.”
The Porsche Cayenne/Macan and Lamborghini Urus have demonstrated that a McLaren SUV would likely be successful, potentially more doubling the British marque’s sales to 15,000 units annually. However, McLaren is currently satisfied with a production cap of just 6,000 cars.
The company doesn’t have the luxury of platform sharing like the Volkswagen Group — the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus share an architecture — and will require an entirely new, cost-prohibitive architecture than the current carbon mono-cell that underpins its performance cars to build an SUV.
Instead of chasing volume with an SUV, McLaren is apparently focused on bringing an EV to market, though it will be some time before we see an all-electric McLaren supercar.
New McLaren GT Supercar Is All About Comfort And Speed
The British automaker finally has a proper grand tourer.
McLaren has unveiled the ‘GT, an all-new supercar for those looking for a bit more comfort and practicality than offered by its high-octane performance machines.
Like all modern McLarens, the McLaren GT is built around a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque and features a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V8. However, as the daily driver rather than an outright performance supercar like the 720S or P1 hypercar, it features a softer suspension for a more comfortable ride and s boosted power steering system for lighter steering at slower speeds.
Engineers also gave the McLaren GT a greater approach angle and 4.3-inches of ground clearance, which can be raised to 5.1-inches with an optional vehicle lift system.
Inside, driver and passenger are treated to buckets seats that are more thickly padded and positioned higher for maximum comfort, while glass pillars improve outward visibility. The 12.3-inch infotainment system is supposedly faster than any other system in McLaren’s other models and the available 12-speaker Bower & Wilkins premium audio system should help keep everyone relaxed during longer trips.
And speaking of trips, the McLaren GT offers “ample” of cargo space for a supercar, featuring 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear (enough to hold a full-size golf bag or two pairs of skis) and 5.3 cubic feet of space in the front trunk.
All McLarens are very fast, and the GT is no exception. Its 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 produces 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (km/h) in just 3.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 203 mph (327 km/h).
You can have your very own McLaren GT supercar for $210,000. Is it worth that price? Are you happy with how it turned out?
This Full-Size McLaren Senna Is Made Out Of LEGO Pieces
It took almost 500,000 Lego pieces to create this masterpiece.
McLaren and LEGO have teamed up to create a full-scale version of the flagship Ultimate Series Senna.
The highly-detailed 1:1 scale model is comprised of 467,854 Lego bricks and took 2,725 man-hours to build.
In fact, the two companies went all out, going as far as to give it a full interior that actually allows someone to sit behind the wheel, operate the lights, use the infotainment system and push the start button to hear simulated engine noise. The carbon-fiber seats, steering wheel and pedals were all borrowed from the real Senna, as were the Pirelli tires.
Interestingly, the scale model weighs 3,348 pounds (1,519 kg), making it more than a half ton heavier than the production car.
The full-size LEGO McLaren Senna isn’t for sale; however, fans hat want something like it can get the notably smaller, 219-piece McLaren Senna Lego Speed Champions edition for only $14.99.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Lego has also built a full-size Bugatti Chiron that actually drives. Check it out here!