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Published on June 19th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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This 720S Commemorates 25 Years Since F1 GTR Took Le Mans

On this day 25 years ago, McLaren F1 GTR #59 earned the team victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on their very first attempt. It was one of the most powerful moments in motorsport history. As such, McLaren Automotive have created a special edition of the 720S from their Super Series that commemorates this victory. (Learn about McLaren’s portfolio here)

While it’s nowhere as exclusive as one of their Ultimate Series cars, the 720S is quite the powerhouse in and of itself and only 50 of these special edition cars will be commissioned.

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Here are the changes made for this edition:

  • McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey exterior colours
  • ‘Ueno Grey’-painted body side lower, rear bumper and front bumper lower
  • ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo on lower body side panel 
  • Gloss black roof scoop with polycarbonate rear glazing
  • Carbon fibre louvred front fenders 
  • Unique 5-spoke LM wheels inspired by #59 F1 GTR wheels and also feature ‘Le Mans’ etching
  • Gold-coloured brake calipers
  • Gloss black contrast body components
  • VIN numbers that start with ‘298’, the same number of laps completed during the race
  •  Choice of two bespoke black Alcantara® themes with accents in McLaren Orange or Dove Grey 
  • Carbon fibre racing seats
  • Embroidered headrests with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo
  • 12 o’clock steering wheel marker, linked to interior accent colour
  • Dedication plate with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo
  • Floor mats with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo 

Pricing is £254,500 before duties and taxes. Expect deliveries to commence by September 2020, so place your order as soon as you can and hope the cheque clears.

PRESS RELEASE

McLaren Automotive is celebrating one of McLaren’s greatest motorsport achievements – victory on its first attempt in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – with a special edition 720S coupé. Just 16 of this Le Mans edition will be available in Europe, from a total of 50 worldwide.

The 720S Le Mans has been created to mark 25 years since McLaren F1 GTR #59 won the world-famous endurance race. Driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas and Masanori Sekiya, the car took the chequered flag on June 18, 1995. Three other McLaren F1 GTRs finished in the top five, with victory at Le Mans also ensuring McLaren a place in motorsport history as winners of the French 24-hour classic, the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500.

Taking the 720S supercar to a new level of exclusivity, each of the Le Mans edition cars carries a dedication plate featuring a ‘McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans’ logo. The VIN of each car will begin with 298, in recognition of the number of laps completed by the race-winning F1 GTR – one more than its closest rival.

Customers have a choice of exterior and interior colour combinations, with all cars featuring a portfolio of unique features as standard:

Exterior

  • Choice of two exterior paint themes – McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey
  • ‘Ueno Grey’-painted body side lower, rear bumper and front bumper lower
  • ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo on lower body side panel 
  • Gloss black roof scoop with polycarbonate rear glazing
  • Carbon fibre louvred front fenders 
  • Unique 5-spoke LM wheels that echoes the design of the #59 F1 GTR wheels and also feature ‘Le Mans’ etching
  • Gold-coloured brake calipers
  • Gloss black contrast body components 

Interior

  • Choice of two bespoke black Alcantara® themes with accents in McLaren Orange or Dove Grey 
  • Carbon fibre racing seats
  • Embroidered headrests with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo
  • 12 o’clock steering wheel marker, linked to interior accent colour
  • Dedication plate with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo
  • Floor mats with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logo 

The fully-functional roof scoop channels air to provide additional cooling for the powertrain and helps to drive heat evacuation – ideal for the additional demands of circuit driving. The carbon fibre louvred front fenders reduce aerodynamic lift generated by the rotation of the front wheels, as well as reducing vehicle weight.

720S Le Mans owners will be able to experience the astonishing performance delivered by the mid-mounted, 720PS M840T 4.0-litre McLaren engine. The twin-turbocharged V8 propels the car from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 341 km/h (212 mph). A carbon fibre Monocage II central structure and Proactive Chassis Control II suspension system help to ensure that the 720S is the lightest car in its class, with an unparalleled breadth of dynamic ability.

In common with every McLaren 720S, an extensive range of optional specification is offered, with MSO Defined and MSO Bespoke treatments also available to owners’ requirements. An array of gloss finish visual carbon fibre components, including diffuser, exterior door uppers, rear aero bridge, roof scoop and rear deck and service cover can be specified, with three component ‘packs’ additionally available, comprising gloss finish visual carbon fibre hood air intakes, door mirrors, rear fender air intakes; front splitter and rear bumper lower and roof and front air intakes.

To further enhance the motorsport connection and for track use, a titanium harness bar and 6-point harnesses from the MSO Defined range can be added. Satin finish visual carbon fibre air vents, extended shift paddles and extended sill trim with McLaren branding from the same range are also available, and two option packs of satin finish visual carbon fibre interior components can be specified.

The McLaren 720S Le Mans is available to purchase now, from £254,500, with first deliveries in September. Prospective owners should contact their nearest McLaren retailer for more information or to place an order.

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