Thu, Mar 5, 2020

McLaren reveals lighter, more powerful 765LT

Lighter, more powerful and higher levels of performance on both road and track, the McLaren 765LT was revealed as the latest in a line of ‘Longtail’ McLarens and the most dynamically advanced and engaging LT model ever from McLaren Automotive.

The 765LT opens a new chapter in the ‘Longtail’ story that began with the McLaren F1 GTR race car in the 1990s and since 2015 has seen road-legal LT models introduced, the luxury carmaker said.

The new car elevates to new levels the attributes that underpin every LT: driver engagement, track-focused dynamics, minimised weight, optimised aerodynamics and increased power are all amplified – particularly the first two. The LT promise of being ‘limited to the few’ is also fulfilled, with just 765

individually numbered cars available globally for customer order.

Advanced carbon fibre technologies and bespoke carbon fibre LT body panels and aerodynamic features are key to an 80kg (DIN) weight reduction over the 720S. Together with the power of 765PS and the torque of 800Nm from the 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine, transmission gearing optimised for scintillating in-gear acceleration and LT-specific suspension springs and dampers, this is the basis for the wholly immersive driving experience the new 765LT delivers.

“The 765LT is the most accomplished and exhilarating LT model ever from McLaren Automotive. Incredible performance and astonishing levels of driver engagement – the result of hundreds of detailed engineering actions undertaken to ensure the purest possible connection between driver

and car – are the stand-out attributes of an LT developed with single-minded determination to deliver a wholly immersive driving experience to those who secure one of the 765 available to customer order,” says Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive.

McLaren retailers are now taking expressions of interest in the new ‘Longtail’, with pricing to be announced shortly. Deliveries will commence from September of this year, the company said.

Some of the highlights of the new 765LT are:

* 765PS and 800Nm from twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine enables 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds; 0

-100km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds; 0-200km/h (124mph) in 7.2 seconds;

* Transmission gearing optimised for throttle response – 15% quicker in-gear acceleration than a 720S

and the fastest lap times of any McLaren Super Series model;

* Lighter, in the LT tradition: 80kg less than 720S coupé at 1,339kg (DIN weight) and just 1,229kg at

lightest dry weight – more than 50kg below its closest competitor in comparable specification;

* Class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 622PS-per-tonne at lightest dry weight;

* High-performance, lightweight materials throughout with advanced carbon fibre technologies for

body components;

* Specific weight-saving measures include titanium exhaust system, Formula 1-grade transmission

materials, thinner glass and motorsport-style polycarbonate glazing;

* New LT aerodynamic package, all in carbon fibre: front splitter, front bumper, front floor, side skirts,

rear bumper, rear diffuser and larger ‘Longtail’ active rear wing;

* Renowned McLaren Super Series chassis dynamics enhanced, with bespoke LT springs and dampers;

increased front track width; lower front ride-height and unique software programme for state-of-the-

art, linked-hydraulic Proactive Chassis Control II suspension;

* 10-spoke Ultra-Lightweight forged alloy wheels, titanium wheel bolts and bespoke Pirelli P Zero

Trofeo R circuit-bred tyres as standard;

* Carbon-ceramic discs, calipers from the McLaren Senna and Formula 1-inspired, integrated caliper cooling ducts combine for superb brake pedal feel and incredible stopping power;

* Quad-exit full-titanium exhaust system delivers a searing ‘LT soundtrack’, as well as a 40% weight- saving over a comparable steel system;

* Motorsport-inspired interior design features carbon fibre racing seats, carbon fibre centre tunnel, exposed carbon fibre floor and lightweight Alcantara throughout;

* Optional double-glazed panel integrated within the carbon fibre rear upper structure showcases the McLaren V8 engine;

* Air-conditioning and an audio system are deleted as standard to minimise weight, but can be specified at no additional cost;

* 765LT active rear wing, rear bumper and front floor designed, engineered and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Yorkshire, UK – the first use of MCTC-produced carbon fibre body components in a McLaren road car;

* Just 765 individually numbered cars available globally to customer order.

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