Latest McLaren Special Operations model comes in same XP green paint
Sam Sheehan
18 September 2017

McLaren Special Operations has produced a special-edition version of the 570GT to celebrate 20 years since the original F1 XP GT ‘Longtail’ was built.

Six units of MSO’s latest car will be produced for customers in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, each painted in the same XP green colour as the first Longtail homologation special. The six models also wear MSO exterior trim and get Saddle Tan leather seats with contrasting green stitching. Each car gets a plaque to signify its build number.

As standard, MSO is fitting its Upgrade Pack, adding a vehicle lift system, rear-view camera, Bowers & Wilkins audio system and car cover. The car sits on five-spoke forged wheels.

No changes have been made to the drivetrain, so it sticks with McLaren’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine that produces 562bhp and 443lb ft, enabling a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec and a 204mph top speed.

Based on McLaren’s most practical model, the 570GT, the car offers 370 litres of boot space, 220 litres more than the regular 570S. Its chassis settings are also unchanged from the standard 570GT, so it has suspension that’s 15% softer at the front and 10% softer the rear compared with the regular 570S.

The original McLaren F1 XP GT of 1997 (pictured above) was produced as a homologation model with a new Longtail body that increased downforce on the original F1 GTR race car it was designed to improve on. The XP GT spawned a production version called the F1 GT, which was built in three units. Its racing equivalent, the F1 GTR Longtail, finished as high as second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.

The 570GT follows the P1 XP Carbon Series as the second model to dedicate its colour scheme to the iconic F1 homologation special.

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18 September 2017

I know it's there for racing reasons but the long tail on the F1 turns my all-time favourite looking supercar into just about one of the worst proportioned and ugliest cars ever. I'll take one if you're giving it away though...

18 September 2017

Or are the reasons for these special editions starting to get a bit desperate and tenuous. How long until the Star Sign limited editions? 570GT Sagittarius anyone???

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

18 September 2017

​Yes the LT did look awful. But I think the F1's looks were totally ruined by the Corrado door mirrors and stuck on front indicator/side light modules - it should have had the high mounted door mirrors and no heavy handed after thought stuck on indicators, it looked so good like that.

20 September 2017

If only they'd just tied their F1 engine supply back in to Peugeot instead of Renault they could have used the Roland Garros moniker to suit the 90's throwback colour scheme......Probably less tenuous than the link to the F1!

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