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Apple’s Car Play Might be McLaren

Tech giant may be interest in British supercar maker.

by on Sep.21, 2016

If the rumors about Apple and McLaren are true, this could end up being the result of Project Titan.

After months of actions indicating that Apple may be unwilling to actually be an automotive manufacturer, it’s possible the technology behemoth is changing its mind … by throwing some of its billions of unspent cash around to acquire McLaren.

The British sportscar maker has been flirting with its own demise for years, but recently seemed to find solid footing, including unveiling new products. However, Apple approached the McLaren Technology Group about a possible acquisition, the Financial Times reported Wednesday without citing sources.

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The new report runs counter to earlier stories suggesting that Apple has fired “dozens of employees” involved in Project Titan. Those moves were in sharp contrast from the aggressive hiring program that had been in places for the past year. Apple had hired a number of industry veterans from conventional automakers, as well as high-tech auto firm Tesla Motors. (more…)

McLaren Unveils 570GT by MSO Concept

Formal debut scheduled for Pebble Beach Concours.

by on Aug.17, 2016

McLaren is debuting the 570GT by MSO Concept at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

It may be the world’s most famous classic car show, but a growing number of automakers are using the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as background for the debut of their newest products – a list that this year includes British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive.

Making its debut on the concept lawn alongside a number of other new models, the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept takes the current 570 to new extremes with features like an electrochromic glass roof and a titanium exhaust system.

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‘This is the second consecutive year that McLaren Special Operations has used the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to demonstrate our capabilities on Sports Series cars,” said Paul Mackenzie, executive director of the MSO unit, ahead of the official unveiling of the 570GT. (more…)

Shopping to Go Green? How About a McLaren?

More than half of British makers supercars will be hybrids.

by on May.06, 2016

The McLaren P1 GTR makes 986 hp from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired with an electric motor.

Despite sluggish battery-car sales at a time when gas prices are running barely half their 2014 record high, automakers are laying out plans to add lots more electrified models in the coming years. And for those who might not find a Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf quite stimulating enough, one might consider McLaren as an alternative.

McLaren, as in the British company that has been rolling out a growing range of supercars, such as the 675LT and the P1. The latter model, costing more than $1 million, just happens to be a plug-in hybrid. And, it seems, McLaren has plans to add a lot more green machines going forward.


McLaren sold 1,654 vehicles worldwide last year, and it is looking to grow that to as much as 5,000 by early in the next day, CEO Mike Flewitt told Automotive News Europe. He also noted that, “In the latter part of this business plan to 2022, more than half our cars will be hybrids.”


McLaren Aims to Triple Sales

More products coming – but no plans for SUV.

by on Mar.03, 2016

The new McLaren 570GT.

British supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive has some ambitious plans for the next six years, with a goal of adding new models and tripling its current sales volume to somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 vehicles a year.

One of the newest manufacturers in the high-performance market, McLaren brought its latest entry to the Geneva Motor Show this week in the form of the new 570GT. It’s part of a three-segment strategy aimed at expanding its range of buyers and, among other things, bringing in more women. But, unlike key competitors including Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ferrari, don’t expect to see McLaren add an SUV to the mix, its CEO said in Geneva.

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McLaren only began building cars in 2010, but logged sales of 1,654 vehicles last year and, CEO Mike Flewitt told the Reuters news service, “4,000 is a very good business model for us. I actually think volume by 2022 will be more consistently around 4,500 and I don’t think it will go above 5,000 cars,”


McLaren Expanding Line-up to Include 570GT

Maker showing latest iteration in Geneva.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The 570GT gets the same 562 horsepower twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 as its 570S sibling for 2017.

McLaren continues to rise from the ashes with the second of what is expected to be three vehicles in the 570 family – the 570GT – just in time for the Geneva Motor Show.

Actually, it’s the third of three, but only the 570GT and 570S are sold in the U.S. The 570GT gets the same 562 horsepower twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 as its sibling, the 570S, but it also gets a new roof and rear, including a spoiler and an aerodynamic package.

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However, the best upgrade may be the “touring deck.” The “deck” is really more of a “boot,” the universal term for “trunk” by English-speaking Europeans. The side-hinged glass door gives the owner access to a good-sized cargo area (7.8 cubic feet) behind the seats in the two-person cabin. (more…)

Longtail, Drop Top, McLaren Reveals New 675LT Spider

McLaren's "most-focused and fastest" open-top model ever.

by on Dec.03, 2015

The new McLaren 675LT Spider can manage a launch from 0 to 60 in under 2.9 seconds.

While you might be ready to pull out the thermals and winter coat, here’s something to get you thinking warm thoughts.

Citing “significant customer demand,” the folks at McLaren have decided to offer a drop top version of the new 675LT first launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

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Making 666 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the British maker is billing the 675LT Spider as “the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top McLaren model” ever made. It joins a fast-growing line-up of carbon-fiber super cars ranging from the 570S to the hybrid hypercar, the McLaren P1.


McLaren Set to Launch Sports Series with NY Debut of 570S

New sports car expected to target Porsche 911 Turbo.

by on Mar.25, 2015

The 570S Coupe will anchor the "base" of McLaren's new three-tier model strategy.

Wondering what an “entry-level” car from McLaren might look like? Well, you’ll have to settle for this teaser image until next week, when the British maker pulls the wraps completely off of the new 570S Coupe at the annual New York International Auto Show.

The much-watched debut will mark the completion of McLaren’s three-tier supercar strategy, with the Sports Series at the base, the Ultimate Series at the peak, and the Super Series in-between.

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McLaren is being tight with details, hoping to build interest in its April Fool’s Day debut, but it does reveal that the name of the 570S is shorthand for the fact that it will make 570PS, the German power measurement that translates into 562 horsepower. (more…)

McLaren Has a Two-fer for Geneva with 675LT and P1 GTR

Street model may be sold out by the end of the Geneva Motor Show.

by on Mar.04, 2015

The new McLaren 675LT debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and will do zero-to-60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Have a need for speed? And $395,000 dollars burning a hole in your pocket? McLaren can come to the rescue with the 675LT model making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week. As just one measure of what it can do, it will launch you from a standing start to 100 kmh, or 62.5 mph, in a mere 2.9 seconds.

But you better act fast, McLaren warning that it could sell out the limited-edition model in “days,” based on preliminary orders and inquiries.


If they’re all gone by the time you cash out your old stocks and bonds, no worry. The British maker also brought to Geneva the new P1 GTR which pumps out almost 50% more power than the 675LT. Unfortunately, you’ll only have the chance to use this new model on the track. (more…)

McLaren Bringing Another Car to Geneva Motor Show

New 675LT borrows from maker’s racing heritage.

by on Jan.30, 2015

McLaren put out another teaser today for its 675LT coming to the Geneva Motor Show in March.

McLaren’s run the gamut in the last 12 months going from a company near its demise to now a company introducing new products. The maker dropped a hint that it’s bringing another new vehicle to the Geneva Auto Show, just a week after it announced it teased it’s new 650S.

The British sports car maker recently revealed it will be bringing the production-intent McLaren P1 GTR to Geneva, but today a new video featuring just a wheel spinning spitting out water as classical music plays in the background appeared.

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It took only a short bit of time for the confirmation to come: it’s coming and it’ll be called the 675LT. The “LT” is significant as it pays homage to the company’s “Longtail” branding. The Longtail name made its debut during the 1997 racing season for McLaren and “evolve into the most efficient race-focused version seen to-date,” the company said. (more…)

British Millionaire Buys Holy Trinity of Hybrid Supercars

First person to own McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918.

by on Jan.29, 2015

One person has purchased all three of the "holy trinity" of hybrid super cars, starting with the McLaren P1.

We’ve all played the game…if money was not object which supercar would you buy? Of course, no one can simply pick just one crazy fast car, so yo

In the case of British multi-millionaire Paul Bailey, it was a real-life game involving the purchase of McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, or the Ferrari LaFerrari: the holy trinity of hybrid supercars.

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And like so many of us when we play the hypothetical game, he elected to buy them all. Yup. He dropped about $4 million and bought all of the hybrid supercars because he couldn’t settle on one. (more…)