2016 Mclaren 675LT
Mclaren the creator of the hypercar P1 and many other supercars in the past showcased the 675 LT at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show. Based on the 650S Coupe the 675 LT is definitely been brought back to life to relieve Mclaren’s ‘Longtail’ heritage glory days.
Although Mclaren will only be building 500 units of this track focused car which has lost some serious amount of weight and as a result of that the 675LT also happens to be the lightest car in its class. Injected with more power and optimized aerodynamics to perform better on the track. The 675 LT now can sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in just 2.9 seconds which is actually a second quicker than the standard car and all that was possible because the 675LT is actually 100 Kilograms lighter than the standard 650S.
This car is meant to perform and that is also the reason why the M838TL engine which also performs its duty on the 650S Coupe and Spider has been modified to extract more power, but here is the real deal although this car is extreme still it is very much a road legal car which will be offered in the Coupe only form. The 675 LT with all the characteristics found its place in the McLaren Super Series; this extreme road legal coupe has the ability to reach the 200 km/h mark from standstill in just 7.9 seconds while it can kiss the 330 km/h mark with ease.
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HISTORY OF MCLAREN LONGTAIL
Mclaren transformed the road legal Mclaren F1 car into this sports prototype with lot of changes which included a fibre monocoque chassis, the bodywork which has been worked on purposefully to give it a longer nose and above all an extended tail towards the rear. With all the improvements this car was able to finish first and second in the GT1 Class and also captures the second and third position at the 24 Hours Le Mans which is considered as one of the most toughest endurance races back in 1997.
Until now Mclaren has built a total of 10 ‘Longtail’ racing cars and 3 Road legal cars which makes these cars an extremely rare car from Mclaren.
Towards the front the 675LT gets carbon splitter which helps in providing more downforce
The 675LT is based on the 650S Coupe which by the way is already a good looking car Mclaren has further added some more touches to make it more extreme.
Towards the front the 675LT gets carbon splitter which helps in providing more downforce while the rest of the front with its signature Mclaren logo type headlamps small hood and raked windscreen looks identical to the 650S. Towards the side profile the extended doorblade and the bigger cooling intakes gives a more strong indication of its powerful nature, if you notice carefully Mclaren also has added an additional air vents to keep the engine cool. The door sills too has been extended to provide more stability to the coupe.
Towards the rear is where you will notice most of the changes walk towards the rear of the car and you will be greeted with twin titanium exhaust pipes which also give us hints of its performance. The airbrake fitted at the rear of the 675LT is actually 50 percent bigger than what you will find in the standard 650S but because it is made out of carbon fibre the thing is actually lighter. There is also a lightweight polycarbonate rear screen to cover the engine bay. The rear also gets a louvred carbon fiber rear bumper to reduce air pressure over the rear wheels lastly you also get a carbon fibre diffuser to complete the look.
The car has a dry weight of just 1,230 Kilograms and all the credit goes to the use of lightweight materials and structure in its construction, it also has a power to weight ratio of 549PS per tone.
|Weight distribution||42.5 / 57.5|
When it comes to the interior the 675LT Mclaren has not disclosed anything yet but we won’t expect much of a change inside the car because as the images shows the 675LT interiors comes wrapped in Alcantara leather which will perhaps be available in two tone. Everything else looks exactly identical to the ones we find inside the standard 650S Coupe.
The centre stack where you will find all the controls including the “crazy” launch control and the digital screen are made out of Carbon fiber so is the steering wheel. Mclaren perhaps also will provide the optional bucket seats which actually help to save further weight even with the 675LT. However Mclaren has stripped down some of the comfort features from the car to save some more weight.
To make things even more special Mclaren has not kept the engine untouched they went on and changed a third of the parts of their renowned M838TL engine, almost all the components of the engine has been changed or reworked and as a result of that the same unit now produces about 675PS of peak power at 7,100 rpm and 700Nm of torque in between 5,500-6,500 rpm. All that power is transmitted to the rear wheel s with the help of a 7 speed SSG transmission.
With the reduced overall weight and all the advanced aerodynamics the 675LT surely has some impressive scored in terms of performance on its score card. The 675LT is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds while it achieves the 200km/h mark sprint from standstill in 7.9seconds while the push the car to the limit and it will reach the 329 km/h mark.
The 675LT is definitely a league ahead of what we have seen so far it maintain a fine balance between extreme and the tag of super extreme cars.
|Engine Configuration||V8 Twin Turbo / 3799cc|
|Power||675PS (666 bhp) @ 7,100 rpm|
|Torque||700Nm (516 lb ft) @ 5,500-6,500 rpm|
|Transmission||7 Speed SSG|
This is a special edition car from Mclaren and offcourse more extreme car than the standard 650S which makes it pricier. However we expect the pricing to be around $608,000.
Yes offcourse! The 675LT was a special edition car which is extremely lightweight and furiously fast but still after giving it everything it still is not able to beat the poster car Aventador because believe it or not the Aventador is powered by a 6.5 Litre V12 unit which produces about 700 Ps of peak power and 690 NM of torque which is able to push the car from 0-100km/h mark in just 2.9 seconds while the top speed is about 350km/h mark.
The 675 LT is definitely one exciting car with all that weight loss and increased power this surely is one mean machine. It also has some impressive cosmetic upgrades of its own to make it look different from the standard car. It will also be offered with four bespoke colours which were never offered before those include Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey.
- * Styling
- * Lightweight Features
- * Extra Power
- * Will Be Expensive
- * The 650S was already powerful
McLAREN 675LT: POWER, A BEAUTIFUL THING
- 675LT re-establishes the McLaren ‘Longtail’ heritage, focusing on light weight, optimised aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement
- 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds; 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds
- 100kg weight saving makes the 675LT the lightest in its class, and gives a power-to-weight ratio of 549PS per tonne
- A third of parts changed compared to the 650S which it sits alongside in the McLaren Super Series
- Significantly enhanced M838TL engine in the 675LT features more than 50 percent new components
- Five unique ‘By McLaren’ hero specifications offered
- Global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 on stand 1240, at 12.15 CET (11.15 GMT)
The McLaren 675LT will make its world debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show, with a clear focus on performance, light weight and ultimate levels of driver engagement – all key attributes of a McLaren ‘Longtail’. Offered as a Coupé only, the 675LT will be the most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the McLaren Super Series, with a power to weight ratio that eclipses established rivals. The sprint from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, with controlled torque delivery ensuring optimised traction off the line. Acceleration continues at relentless pace with the 200 km/h barrier broken in 7.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).
The first images of the car demonstrate a more aggressive look for the McLaren brand than has been seen before. Styling cues run from the extended carbon fibre front splitter, through an extended door blade and additional cooling intake, to the circular twin titanium exhaust pipes, giving a hint to the performance available for the most powerful and lightest model in the McLaren Super Series. The active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake is 50 percent bigger than the one fitted to the 650S yet, due its carbon fibre structure, is actually lighter. This is just one of the enhancements that add up to a dry weight of just 1,230kg.
More than 50 percent of parts have been changed in the 3.8-litre V8 engine to deliver increased levels of power, torque and driveability. Upgrades include new, more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system. These changes are so significant, that the engine unit receives a new, unique code – M838TL. The low weight, low inertia power unit produces, as the name suggests, a power output of 675PS and a power-to-weight ratio of 549PS per tonne.
The 675LT is as fully track-focused as it is road legal with around a third of parts modified to suit this purpose compared with the 650S Coupé and Spider that continue in production alongside it. Yet, like its iconic predecessor, the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, from which the LT name is derived, this is a car that is as exciting to look at as it is to drive. It also embodies the key attributes of the ‘Longtail’ ethos targeting light weight, optimised aerodynamics, increased power, track-focused dynamics and driver engagement.
THE KEY TO THE ‘LONGTAIL’ SUCCESS: LIGHT WEIGHT AND AERODYNAMIC
Despite the revised, longer bodywork, the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was over 100kg lighter than its hugely successful predecessors. As it was nearly 20 years ago, weight reduction has been a key focus throughout the development programme for the 675LT and, in a subtle nod to its bigger brother, the result is a saving of over 100kgs over the other models in the Super Series. This savings have been achieved through the extensive use of carbon fibre for the body panels, along with lightweight engine, chassis and body structure parts. In the pursuit of minimal weight, and to suit its purposeful intent, even air conditioning has been removed, but can specified as a no cost option.
Below a newly designed front bumper sits a prominent carbon fibre front splitter, which works the air harder, complementing new front wing end plates to increase downforce levels over the front bodywork. The turbulent air from the front wheel arches is ‘cleaned’ as it flows towards the rear bodywork by sculpted carbon fibre side sills which run the full length of the lower bodywork. A subtle air intake is incorporated ahead of the leading edge of the rear wheel arch, below a more pronounced side intake behind the door, both of which feed clean cool air into the side-mounted radiators.
The aero balance is optimised by the active ‘Longtail’ Airbrake which, as with the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’, is larger – 50 percent larger than on other Super Series models. The reprofiled design flows into the lines of the new carbon fibre rear wings. Two circular exhaust pipes, forged from titanium, exit centrally through exposed bodywork below the rear wing. Despite a more complex design, the bespoke crossover system is designed to optimise performance and reduce weight, saving 1.1kg. The rear deck and sections flanking the exhaust pipes remain exposed; designed to evacuate hot air from the engine bay as efficiently as possible, while a lightweight polycarbonate rear screen features further louvres. A louvred carbon fibre rear bumper reduces air pressure over the rear wheels, while the rear design is completed with a dramatic integrated carbon fibre diffuser.
FIVE UNIQUE ‘BY McLAREN’ 675LT THEMES
The 675LT is offered in five ‘By McLaren’ hero specifications, which includes four bespoke colours never previously offered: Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey are all newly formulated paint hues for the 675LT. The famous heritage McLaren Orange completes the themes unique to the model. Each of the five ‘By McLaren’ specifications is complemented within the stripped out interior with carefully selected materials and colours.
The purposeful driver-focused cabin of the 675LT gives even further indication of track potential. A pair of ultra lightweight carbon fibre-shelled bucket seats, upholstered in Alcantara® as standard and modelled on those in the McLaren P1™, provide comfort and support with no compromise on overall weight. A subtle 675LT logo features on the headrest of each seat, and is also present on the rev counter. In a change to the other models in the Super Series, the air conditioning controls are now incorporated within the intuitive touchscreen infotainment system.
The McLaren 675LT will make its global debut at the 85th Geneva Motor Show at 12.15 CET (11.15 GMT) on Tuesday 3 March 2015.