The new McLaren Elva goes official as the marque’s Ultimate Series roadster as well as its first open-top road car. It’s also the lightest model produced by MecLaren, and it will start to be delivered towards the end of next year.
The supercar is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that churns out 804 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The mill is coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This combination enables the Elva to go from a standstill to 62 mph in under 3 seconds, and it can reach 124 mph from zero in just 6.7 seconds. In other words, it’s quicker than the Senna.
The Elva is a special car which comes to pay homage to the production versions of the automaker’s Group 7 race machines. These classics are the M1A, M1B and M1C built in the 1960s. The new supercar will have a limited run of 399 units. If you plan to buy one, it will set you back a staggering $1,69 million.
The speedster is the first McLaren to come with Active Air Management System (AAMS). As the name suggests, this system manages air by letting it flow through the vehicle’s nose – at high velocity, channeling it to come out of the bonnet-mounted vent to generate something McLaren calls a “bubble of calm”.
Occupants can wear helmets if they want, although that’s not necessary given the supercar’s smart aero system which is designed for comfort. If you feel that it’s not enough, you can opt for an Elva version with a fixed windscreen – it will be available in most markets.
There’s a full-width active spoiler at the rear, the angle and height of which is adjusted to achieve aerodynamic balance and enable air-braking. The rear diffuser is equipped with fences to funnel airflow without lessening the path for air evacuation; this works in conjunction with the vehicle’s rear wing and flat underfloor.