I’m almost embarrassed to divert your attention away from the mighty new McLaren 720S and all of its eye-grabbing looks and statistics.

But try to divert your attention I will, if only for a moment, because I love an irreverent (and possibly irrelevant) aside as much as anyone.

Not that you’ve been counting, but in the build up to the launch of the 720S the height of all speculation was around the name, which of course also gives away the power figure.

Before leaked pictures carrying the nameplate ended the tease once and for all last week, people had been guessing here there and everywhere. But only now do I realise, by the most tenuous of ways, McLaren were in on the act.


Not that many people were counting, but prior to the reveal McLaren issued six official teasers of the 720S, including pictures and sharply focused news stories on various aspects of the car.

Alongside these releases, the official social media promotions of each one were tagged, in turn, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x.

And guess what: 1x2x3x4x5x6 equals 720. Boom - the answer to our question. And as if that wasn't enough, the third teaser included the above image of the 720S testing in a disguise that we assumed was just there to break the lines of the car, but which turns out to be a mathematical nod to six factorial, which we now learn is 720. If only we'd paid more attention in school.

What can we learn? Well, it’s insight into the glorious love of detail (and leftfield humour) chez Woking, and next time we’ll be scrutinising the teaser sequences that bit more carefully...