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The Winning Spirit – McLaren

by Marcus Amick

Revel in the ecstasy and distinction of being unique.

It’s a characteristic that immediately separates you from the rest whether it’s a taste for vintage wine at a brewery or a tailored blue pinstripe suit in a sea of traditional grey, all of which speaks to McLaren’s special appeal.

Since launching in the U.S. in 2011 with the 2012 MP4-12C, McLaren Automotive has aimed to offer automobile enthusiasts something very different in the world of supercars.

mclarenp1bahrain295[1]From legacy models like the F1 to the gorgeous 650S, which replaced the 12C, it’s a philosophy centered on the idea that one should never have to forsake beauty and performance for a desire to stand out among the crowd.

Michael Fuschi, a product specialist for McLaren Calabasas, the newest McLaren dealership in the U.S., said what makes McLaren unique is that the British automaker has chosen to enter a market segment historically dominated by two Italian brands.

“The bravery to do this, the brand heritage, reputation in the motorsport world and pedigree for winning is directly translated to all their road cars and all these items typically attract potential clients to the McLaren brand,” explains Fuschi.

Originally founded by racing legend Bruce McLaren, the company is the only auto manufacturer to have won 2014_mclaren_p1_51_1024x768the “triple crown” of motorsport racing, which includes The Indy 500, the 24 Hours of LeMans and the Formula One World Championship, as well as a number of other firsts in racing.

No model in the brand’s stable probably better exemplifies that winning spirit than the P1, McLaren’s halo car, which sold out all 375 limited models while still on the stand at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show during its debut. Praised for its advanced technology and truly staggering, mind numbing performance, every detail of the P1 from the streamline body to the air intakes was sculpted to ensure maximum performance.

2014_mclaren_p1_49_1024x768The most recent edition to the McLaren line-up, the 650S Spider, builds on that idea in a convertible model more suited for everyday driving.

Powered by a 641bhptwin-turbo V8 engine, the new McLaren is a contemporary tribute to the brand’s legacy in the world of Formula 1 racing with a top speed of 207 MPH and a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds.

The car is a dazzling display of McLaren’s advancements in technology with a retractable hard top roof that can be raised or lowered in less than 17 seconds at the push of a button and at speeds of up to 19mph.

Touted as one of the versatile supercars on the road, the 650S stands in a class of its own.  The 2015 model, which features one of the most technologically advanced engines in the world, is capable of 641bhp at mclaren-p1_0118,500rpm.

Even more impressive, 95 percent of the car’s peak torque is available between 3,000 – 7,000 rpm.

For the 2015 model year, which will consist of only 600 650S units imported to the U.S., the car will feature 3 new colors including Tarocco Orange, Aurora Blue and Mantis Green.

Fuschi says the 650S, which sells for $300,000 to $350,000, is a stunning example of McLaren’s no-compromise approach to supercars.

“There is no other car built like it on the market in this price range with regards to both the carbon fiber McLaren-MC12-Spidermonocell chassis construction or the adaptive, dynamic fluid controlled suspension system,” says the McLaren Calabasas product specialist. “Besides blinding acceleration it is also more usable on a daily basis than any other competitive car in its class. Additionally, the only other cars in the marketplace that accelerate faster 0-100mph or 0-200mph would cost between $1.4M and $2M.”

“Nothing can touch the 650S in its respective price range with regards to performance or drivability. It’s like having your own personal, summertime roller coaster, McLaren style.”


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Fabrizio Di Cicco
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