McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has done it yet again. This time they created a custom 675LT in the colors of the legendary 1997 Le Mans GT1 class-winning F1 Longtail Gulf GTR. And it might just be the coolest car you will ever see.
I mean, as if a McLaren 675LT isn’t already special enough as it is, to go and trick it out in the livery of such a legendary race car? That’s almost too much awesomeness to put in just one car.
The project, which was undertaken with agreement from Gulf Oil International Ltd. that its famous racing livery colors could be used, occupied more than 1,000 hours of MSO time. The paintwork – including airbrushing – accounted for 800 hours of that total.
“Creating a car like this unique McLaren 675LT, crafted to individual customer specification, is exactly the type of demanding commission that MSO Bespoke was formed to embrace,” explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations. “Transforming the existing car from its original single color paintwork to a tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ in Gulf Racing livery was incredibly demanding in its own right, but was only part of the brief; we also replaced numerous standard 675LT components with MSO parts and further personalized the car to clearly identify it with its owner, a service that an increasing number of MSO customers request.”
The light blue, black and red hues of the exterior paint – and the trademark orange center stripe – are a stunning recreation of the Gulf Racing colors that adorned the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ race car, one of the cars that inspired McLaren to produce the 675LT. The car even has the 20-spoke wheels, finished in Dayglo Orange, to continue the theme. The same orange color is used for sill badges that bear the customer’s initials and the car is fitted with louvered front wings, a roof scoop upgrade and carbon fiber airbrake from the MSO range of options for the McLaren 675LT, all featuring the same body color paint.
And don’t even get me started on the interior and what is under the hood. Too late! Inside the car are custom racing seats finished in Carbon Black Alcantara with orange and blue contrast stitching, orange seat belts, Gulf Blue handling and powertrain bezels, as well as Gulf Orange vent bezel surrounds and stop/start button surround… ridiculous.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a McLaren supercar if it didn’t have a twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine producing up to 666hp and 516lb-ft of torque, with the ability accelerate to 62mph (100km/h) from standstill in just 2.9 seconds at a maximum speed of 205mph.
Man, I wish I had enough money to just order up a car like this because I want one.