The 2019 McLaren Speedtail is here and it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This land rocket ship has remarkable specs, mind-blowing abilities, and an aerodynamic body that would make jet fighter designers green with envy.
The 2019 Speedtail is McLaren’s first “Hyper-GT” and is the British supercar-maker’s fastest automobile they have ever made built, which is quite the accomplishment since the F1’s top speed is 240.1 mph. The Speedtail has a top speed of 250 mph thanks to its gas and electric hybrid powertrain that pumps out 1,035 horsepower. The vehicle has a Velocity mode for maximum aerodynamics that lowers the ride height by 1.4 inches and retracts the rear-facing cameras. This bad boy blasts off from 0-186 mph in a neck-snapping 12.8 seconds.
The design is one of a kind and this hypercar actually bends, but doesn’t break. The Speedtail’s flexible carbon fiber body is made to bend. Despite carbon fiber made not to bend, but McLaren created active rear ailerons as a type of spoiler. McLaren explains their thinking in their press release:
The trailing edge of the Speedtail showcases a particular highlight, namely a pair of active rear ailerons. These dynamic elements are hydraulically actuated and an integral part of the rear clamshell, formed in flexible carbon fiber; the body of the Speedtail can quite literally bend. With a tolerance of only 1mm between the surfaces, this dramatic new technology all but removes any gaps or shutlines between the vehicle and the leading edge of the spoilers, meaning there is no turbulent air, no drag and no loss of speed.
You’ll notice that the Speedtail has no rearview mirrors because the company ditched them for retractable digital rearview cameras to make this car as aerodynamic as possible. However, since there are review mirrors, that makes the Speedtail NOT street legal in the United States.
McLaren emphasizes symmetry in the 2019 Speedtail and that is most evident in the cockpit where the driver’s seat is situated in the center of the vehicle. The Speedtail is long, measuring 202.8 inches in length. The wheels are 20-inches in the front and 21-inch units rear, all wrapped in bespoke Pirelli P Zero tires. The front wheels have aero covers for more streamlined air flow.
The Speedtail was previously only known as the “McLaren BP23” back months ago when it was announced, which was the same time that the blistering fast hypercar sold out. That’s right, if you’re reading this it’s too late, the McLaren Speedtail already sold out months before its debut despite having an enormous price tag of $2.3 million. All 106 Speedtails sold out at a private event in London months ago and have an expected delivery date of early 2020.