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    Genuinely thought the original press shots were a piss take, or a rip off copy, but the one above looks like a different car - and how big is that rear wing!

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    I always thought a darker colour would suit it. Or maybe a bright, flat colour. That black one looks great

    It is not a timeless looker, but if you want to go proper fast, what is these days?

    I suspect that seeing it up close reveals lots of details that excite, a joy for the armchair aero expert.

    From the feedback that I’ve seen, the real-world buyers of McLaren’s that have had proper exposure to the car at events, really, really like it and placed their orders. I guess that is all that matters really. But just not in that minging McLaren orange. It is horrid.

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    Is there any way a mere mortal can drive an original Macca F1? My cream car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    Is there any way a mere mortal can drive an original Macca F1?
    • befriend an owner
    • become one of those wanky youtube video twats and blag a drive
    • become a proper car journo and after many years of graft you might get lucky
    • win big on the lottery
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    • befriend an owner
    • become one of those wanky youtube video twats and blag a drive
    • become a proper car journo and after many years of graft you might get lucky
    • win big on the lottery
    Work for McLaren MSO and be the shakedown driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmudge View Post
    Work for McLaren MSO and be the shakedown driver.
    Worked for me!
    The thing I miss most about leaving McLaren is driving them occasionally.

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    Whoever it is that frequents the A27 in a prototype might of been late into the office this morning. As it was sat at the side of the A27 with its hazards on.

    Usually see it around Lewes.

    Can anyone shed any light on what it is. I would say it might be a 675lt type replacement.
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    ^^

    There are many different mules running around (often old cars with ‘new’ bits added (powertrains or specific body items), you would need to describe it in more detail for anyone to try and answer better.

    I have ‘heard’ there is a van mule running around the roads near by testing a new powertrain...

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    Oh dear, my high-viz is showing...



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    Is that "flemke" 's car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thesmudge View Post
    I was next to a bright blue 720S in traffic last weekend. Oh wonderful M25.

    I’m still not sure about the front light treatment, but in the flesh, as a rounded package. Yum. I think the bright colour helped as it really cut through a wet, dreary, grey day.

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    The main thing that makes a 720S look better is parking it next to the McSenna.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    Is that "flemke" 's car?
    Nope. The owner has only had it a couple of years.
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    Had to pop into work today, dragged daughter along.





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    Followed this home friday night! Very nice.

    Mondoe to the left was odd. Extended tail pipes, an anemometer type device on the roof and lots of data logging stuff on the dash.
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    No doubt I will be alone here, but they all look a bit samey to me

    In fact I find most of todays hypercars a bit rubbish from an aesthetic perspective. At least with something like a GT2 RS it has a more 'car' type of look about it.
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    Mid-engined cars often look awkward. I still think the Miura is probably the most balanced-looking mid-engined car out there.
    I'm more of an early Countach guy myself but if you want engine porn the F40 and F50 had beautifully simple rear ends, each with a glimpse into the engine bay that looked natural and not forced.
    Looking up the arse of that new McLaren in traffic isn't quite so pleasant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N/B View Post
    Mid-engined cars often look awkward. I still think the Miura is probably the most balanced-looking mid-engined car out there.
    I'm more of an early Countach guy myself but if you want engine porn the F40 and F50 had beautifully simple rear ends, each with a glimpse into the engine bay that looked natural and not forced.
    Completely agree N/B.


    Some fabulous photos in here Mr. thesmudge, so much car-porn!
    I take it that you work for McLaren (you lucky git )?!
    Thanks for posting and sharing this thread content.
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    How very Bugatti Veyron L'Or Blanc!
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    funnily enough bumped into that on its way home on the A3 a couple of days ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N/B View Post
    How very Bugatti Veyron L'Or Blanc!
    Strong hints of MC12 in that paint job.

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    Just a heads up that 'McLaren', the film about Bruce McLaren, is on ITV4 at 9pm on Wednesday.
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    So nothing to do with work this one, I live really really close to a road used by a lot of Magazines for photoshoots- as seen in Maj Jimbos snow frollics vids in the winter, anyway they were shooting this today for Autocar.

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    Have a word with the paint shop , get them to ask me down again, even if its to chat about stuff they don't want or need I do a nice line in Solvent recycling machines if they don't have one/ need one.
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    The P1 is tinted visual carbon fibre too with a flip, you can just see it when zooming in.
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    The new Speedtail 3-seater thing is officially launched today.



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    Literally the first time I'm seeing this, but;
    I'm guessing by the more-Honda-Insight-less-XJ220 front wheels that it's a Hybrid or even a full EV.
    Rear end looks heavy and sad, like a fat dog dragging its arse across the carpet.
    The dash looks like they couldn't be arsed to develop any custom display panels, and just tacked 3 iPads behind a sheet of lexan, then banged an extra freestanding iPad in each corner of the windscreen.
    I know the '90s are back right now but the Subaru SVX side windows are a bit much, don't you think?
    That paint colour's f*cking criminal too...

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    I knew you'd like it. In fact I thought of you when I first saw the colour of it
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    Neil, talk about the wheels. The WHEELS!
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    Bonneville, innit.



    Look, here's a bit of pale metallic blue. Not over the whole car though, because that would be horrible.

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    "The Speedtail needs to work as well in a Sainsbury's car park as it does at the end of a runway"

    Dear British Car Journalists,

    Please stop pretending that this is a possible scenario.
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    So I flew back from Bologna via Barcelona (original flight was cancelled). Got back to work after the reveal but hey.

    So I have been working on this car now throughout its development and am responsible for all the BIW and carbon parts. It looks good in the flesh, but understand if it's not everyone's cup of tea.

    Anyway it's a happy day for me.





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    Looks remind me of the XJ220.

    That went fast enough with a Metro engine, so no complaints.

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    Thumbs up

    How long is it? I think it needs to be examined in person, as I suspect that photos don't do it justice. Lovely colour, though.
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    Front wheel looks weird, but knowing McLaren it'll be functional. Bound to be swift. Nice work dear boy!
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    Basically, how much longer/shorter faster/slower is it than this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Benz View Post
    Bound to be swift.
    Quoting 0-300kph/186mph in 12.5secs..........
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    This is super pretty, pass on my admiration

    Takes a lot of skill to look this bad you know...

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    I did all the structures and carbon parts on this car in the early development phase (the B pillars are part of the structure but are also visual carbon and visable on the outside of the car, just like the A pillars seen on the coupe from the cockpit).
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