The well-known blue-and-orange Gulf Oil colours are iconic in racing historical past. They’ve been worn by a number of manufacturers, together with historic McLaren race automobiles. Now a brand new McLaren avenue automotive wears the Gulf colours as the British supercar firm unveiled a one-off Elva speedster on Friday.
Revealed at Goodwood SpeedWeek by way of a “closed-door” broadcast, the automotive showcases a partnership between McLaren and Gulf Oil. The oil firm signed a multi-year sponsorship take care of the McLaren Formula One group in July. As a part of the deal, McLaren prospects will have the ability to order Gulf-liveried automobiles by the automaker’s McLaren Special Operations (MSO) personalization division.
McLaren and Gulf have a protracted historical past of collaboration. Gulf branding appeared on McLaren Formula One, Can-Am, and Indy race automobiles from 1968 to 1973, the automaker famous in a press launch. However, these automobiles usually wore McLaren’s then-trademark Papaya Orange, somewhat than the full Gulf livery.
More not too long ago, MSO painted a Senna GTR LM in Gulf colours to commemorate the quantity 24 McLaren F1 GTR that completed fourth at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. The automotive was one among 5 Senna GTR LM fashions constructed—one for every of the F1 GTRs that completed that race (out of seven entered).
McLaren Elva Gulf Theme
The Elva itself invokes McLaren historical past. The title—derived from the French “elle va,” or “she goes” in English”—references the Nineteen Sixties McLaren-Elva sports activities racers. These have been McLaren M1A race automobiles constructed by British producer Elva at a time when McLaren did not have the capability to construct the automobiles itself.
The newest in the Ultimate Series alongside the Senna, Speedtail, and P1, the Elva’s distinguishing characteristic is its open-air design. McLaren’s Active Air Management System (AAMS)—a collection of channels that directs air round the passenger compartment—permits the Elva to be pushed at excessive speeds comfortably with out a windshield.
Like different McLaren fashions, the Elva is constructed round a carbon-fiber central tub and is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8. Shared with the Senna and 720S, the 4.0-liter V-8 makes 804 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in the Elva. That will get it from 0-60 mph in lower than three seconds, and from 0 to 124 mph in 6.7 seconds, in line with McLaren (a high pace hasn’t been introduced).
McLaren initially deliberate to construct 399 automobiles, however reduce the variety of construct slots right down to 249 earlier this 12 months. Mike Flewitt, head of McLaren’s road-car enterprise, mentioned in April that this was finished to appease prospects who felt the Elva wasn’t unique sufficient. The Elva’s $1.69 million price ticket apparently wasn’t a deterrent.