McLaren and Sparco have teamed up to create a race suit which apparently is the world’s lightest, weighing in at just 590 grams (size 52). The Sparco McLaren SP16+ weighs at least 10 per cent less than any other, and is approved by the FIA.
The suit is entirely hand-made in Italy, each taking more than 12 hours to complete. Just like McLaren’s road cars, the suit can be personalised to order, with a selection of bespoke colours and options including side pockets, phone pocket and belt. The customer will get the opportunity to match his or her suit to the livery of their race team or any other designs.
The SP16+ features an ultra-slim zip, seamless Nomex wrists and ankles, reduced neck and shoulder pads and ultra-thin thread for the stitching – all of which have all played their weight-saving role, some decreasing the suit’s mass by mere micrograms at a time, McLaren says. A special two-layer construction of fireproof material reduces weight even further, while ensuring the garment remains breathable and comfortable to wear.
The Sparco McLaren SP16+ race suit costs from £2,344 plus taxes. Bespoke options at additional cost start from £250 plus taxes.
Buyers can also add McLaren RB-8 Racing Shoes for £232, McLaren Bell HP7 Helmet for £2,568, Bespoke McLaren Shield RW-9 Underwear Top for £155 and McLaren RG-7 Racing Gloves for £224. Taxes extra.