A Meteoric Rise
When you think of sports cars, supercars, and hypercars, you most likely think of some of the most famous European car brands in the world. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and so many others make the sports car world a hard place for new automobile manufacturers to compete and succeed. But a British company you may have never heard of is not only competing in the sports car market, but they’re succeeding remarkably. That company is McLaren Automotive. Let’s talk about what McLaren has done to get its vehicles onto the road and become a household name among sports car fans.
McLaren actually didn’t start as a production car business but rather a race car brand. Bruce McLaren is the creator of McLaren which was started back in 1963. You might question that since they’ve been around since the 60’s, why aren’t they more well known? Well, McLaren didn’t manufacture its first street legal car until 1993 which was the McLaren F1. But only 106 units were initially produced.
The F1 wasn’t just any sports car because it actually held the title of the world’s speediest production car for a time with a top speed of 240 mph!
Worth the Wait
After the F1, McLaren didn’t manufacture any automobiles until 2011 when it relaunched to produce the 12C. The 12C was manufactured from 2011 through 2014 and was McLaren’s first real shot at competing with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and other top automakers. With a base sticker price over $200,000, it needed to bring a lot of properties to the table and it did. With a turbocharged V8 engine over 600 horsepower, it really put McLaren back on center stage.
The past few years have been even better for McLaren. Following up the 12C was the P1 which was categorized as a hypercar.
The McLaren P1 is frequently compared with the Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari in what sports car devotees call the Holy Trinity.
The P1 had an original list price of over $1,000,000 and was sold in very limited numbers. McLaren stepped up the technology in the P1 by combining a V8 engine with two electric motors; resulting in over 900 horsepower.
Obviously not everyone in the market for a supercar is ready to dish out over $1,000,000 and McLaren understands that. That’s why they’ve designed their most recent line of distinguished gems. The entry level models are the 570S and 570GT. These vehicles offer many great supercar properties at a much lower price. These two models compete with the Ferrari California and Lamborghini Huracan. Then McLaren has their 650S and 675LT which are their higher end models which have garnered a significant amount of attention due to their dazzling design, speed, and driving capabilities.
Now that McLaren has rapidly garnered so much well-deserved recognition, every time they release a new model, it’s a big deal. Their latest marvel is the new 720S which is the successor to the 650S and 675LT. The 720S is their most advanced and beautiful sports car yet and will continue to carry the McLaren brand forward.
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