600kW and no windshield: The all-new £1.4m McLaren Elva

JUST IN: The lightest McLaren road car ever made

Imagine depressing the throttle, unleashing 600kW of power with the wind rushing into your face. It reminds us of a certain video of Jeremy Clarkson in an Atom… We digress. Anyway, McLaren is smarter than that.

McLaren has hit the spotlight again, with the release of the all-new MSO Elva, a £1.425 million speedster which sets their own bar for the lightest McLaren road car ever made.

Based on the 1960’s McLaren-Elva M1A, this open-topped supercar will be the company’s most aerodynamic model yet, with a no windshield, rather using wind as a windshield to encapsule a the driver in an aerodynamic bubble. McLaren does this by channeling wind through a vent at the front of the car, and shoots it out in front of the dashboard, where it creates an invisible capsule, deflecting wind without any air resistance. An active deflector is in place, constantly detecting wind speeds against the car and adjusting accordingly, leaving the occupants of the car relatively tranquil. If that doesn’t sound convincing enough, a windshield will be available as an option for certain markets.

A 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 borrowed from the 720S and Senna is used to propel the car from 0-100km/h in under 3 seconds, and 0-200km/h in just 6.7 seconds. Incredible, for a car without a windshield.

No kerb weight has been officially announced, but we can expect it to be around the 1000kg mark which would make the power to weight ratio pretty ludicrous.

It isn’t all performance though. If you take your attention off the paper specifications for a moment, this car still has an eight-inch touchscreen entertainment system with media controls, and a little storage space in the roof of the car to hold two helmets, or a bag of groceries.

With a run of just 399, the Elva has its eyes dead-set on Ferrari’s Monza Speedster. Deliveries are expecting to start around late-2020.

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