McLaren working on a new roadster for Ultimate open-top pleasure


In 2020, a new, open cockpit roadster will join McLaren’s Ultimate Series lineup which includes the Senna and Speedtail. Unlike the aforementioned two cars which focus on being the ultimate road-legal track car and high-speed aerodynamic efficiency, respectively, the new roadster will offer “purest distillation of road-focused driving pleasure”.

In simple terms, McLaren wants to re-create the SLR Stirling Moss on their own this time, to take on the likes of Ferrari Monza. The teaser image highlights the curves and flying buttresses of the roadster, while we can also notice the air intakes on the rear fenders, suggesting the position of the engine. Obviously, the car doesn’t have a roof, but if you look closely, you’ll notice a tiny wrap-around windscreen that’ll probably do the job of deflecting the air.

Our two current ultimate series cars, the Senna and Speedtail, offer unique and distinct driving experiences. Now this new addition to the Ultimate Series, an open-cockpit roadster, will take road-focused driving pleasure to new levels. – Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive

The car will have dihedral doors. McLaren says that the new roadster will be the lightest car ever produced by the brand, thanks to generous usage of carbon fibre. Not much information is available at the moment, but the car will be powered by a version of the twin-turbo V8 engine currently employed in the Senna.

Only 399 units will be built and will be priced between Senna’s £750,000 and Speedtail’s £2.1 million tags.

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