9 November 2018 – 11:40
Author Álvaro Mejía G. / Special for El País
Our guest is the new McLaren Speedtail, a hyper-sporty vehicle that combines art and technology in perfect proportions.
This new and exclusive copy of the Woking House (Great Britain) stands out for its limited edition on the same 106 units built on the McLaren F1 hybrid (petrol and electric), the fastest street car built to this day by McLaren and in a special way, at a unit price that goes beyond $ 2 million, excluding taxes.
Unfortunately, Colombians with enough economic strength to buy this expensive "toy" will have to look for another option because hundreds of McLaren Speedtail units that will begin shipping after 2020 have been allocated and redeemed. 2 years when its future production was announced.
F1 cars are undoubtedly the best laboratory for the development of elements and systems that are then implemented in the streets of vehicles.
The best example is the new McLaren Speedtail, which will inherit much of the technology and aerodynamic design of the McLaren F1 team.
The above can be seen in a large and lightweight body 5,137 meters long and weighing only 1430 kg, made of carbon fibers and aluminum, where aerodynamics predominate over another concept.
Among the many achievements of the exterior design of this sleek hyper sport are the clean and fluid lines "born" in the advanced aerodynamic tunnel McLaren, where it has been achieved that the aerodynamic figure, which gives rapid air penetration and vertical pressure (lower force) needed to "crush" country at high speeds.
Another detailed description of the mandatory reference is the minimalist body design that has no decoration or accessories, such as mirrors and handles.
We can not enter the futuristic McLaren Speedtail cabin without emphasizing its attractive, sharp and tilted "wedge-shaped" tail.
This extended stretch is decorated with a pair of active flaps (spoilers) and 2 huge and geometric diffusers of aerodynamic design, from which oval and sports exhausts will fly out.
Opening the "butterfly" door (opening and forward), Speedtail, we find a luxurious cabin where carbon fibers, suede and almost absolute minimalism predominate.
The first top of the McLaren Speedtail Passenger Area is the ingenious and rare arrangement of the three chairs that leaves the happy driver a bit ahead of his two companions at the same central and dominant F1 driver position.
Another aspect to be highlighted is the good visibility provided by the spectacular glass, where a sloping and huge windshield protrudes, equipped with an electrochromic system that dampens the top tape by pressing the button.
As for knobs, it is necessary to mention the absence of controls, knobs or knobs other than those available in the roof console of the aircraft type from which the gearshift is controlled.
Another element of the forced reconsideration is a closed instrument cluster occupied by three LED screens showing the whole vehicle's operation and two additional side panels that act as virtual rearview mirrors. This pair of screens reproduces what they see of retractable rear cameras that are hidden in the McLaren Speedtail bends with the engine off.
Although the technical details of the gasoline and electric motors that the English hyper-sport have revealed, their impressive power and acceleration and ultimate speeds have been unveiled, which is really surprising.
According to McLaren's managers, both power units (petrol and electric) offer a combined power of 1,050 hp, which gives Speedtail enough "perrenque" to accelerate from 0 to 300 km / h in just 12.8 "Simple installation of a speedometer needle at 403 km of final speed.
Everything above is summed up in the words of Wayne Bruce, McLaren's spokesman, referring to Speedtail, which says: "This is the first brand car to have a high speed on motorways or road trips or go to an opera with the same set of tires." McLaren like no one else.
When the pilot activates the McLaren Speedtail speed mode, the electronic plane of the power plant changes, the flap position (wings) to reduce the drag and drag in the aluminum, reducing the 35 mm height on the floor to optimize the march and gain a few miles the last speed.
"McLaren Speedtail" road team includes three light and elegant suitcases (1 per person) made of carbon fibers, leather and aluminum.
Speedtail is also the first of 18 new names or derivatives of the Piston 25 McLaren business plan to be north of the English company by 2025.