The McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team has created a bespoke commission 675LT with exterior colour scheme of 1997 Gulf-Davidoff team’s F1 GTR Longtail.
McLaren calls it a road-going homage to the F1 GTRs that performed so strongly in endurance racing in the 1990s, winning the 1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and the GT1 Class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997.
The project, which was undertaken with agreement from Gulf Oil International Ltd that its famous racing livery colours could be used, occupied more than 1,000 hours of MSO time. The paintwork – including airbrushing – accounted for 800 hours of that total, McLaren said.
The 20-spoke wheels, finished in Dayglo Orange, continue the Gulf theme. The same orange colour is used for sill badges that bear the customer’s initials. The car has louvres on the front fenders, roof scoop and carbon fibre airbrake from the MSO range of options for the 675LT.
The interiors feature MSO Bespoke racing seats finished in Carbon Black Alcantara with orange and blue contrast stitching, with blue embroidered initials of the owner on the headrest. Seat belts are in MSO orange.
The handling and powertrain bezels on the Active Dynamics Panel are finished in Gulf Blue, while the vent bezel surrounds and the stop/start button surround are in Gulf Orange.
“Transforming the existing car from its original single colour 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 personalised the car to clearly identify it with its owner, a service that an increasing number of MSO customers request,” said Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations.
The 675LT’s 3.8 twin-turbo V8 produces 675 PS (666 bhp) and 700 Nm (516 lb ft) of torque, enough to accelerate the car from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).