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Say hello to McLaren's new £2.1MILLION Speedtail - Britain's latest supercar with a top speed of 250mph and three seats

Friday 26/October/2018 - 10:02 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
McLaren has taken the covers off its latest model - a 106-unit only hyper GT car that has more power than 10 Ford Fiestas combined، as the Daily Mail said.

Called the Speedtail، it's the fastest road car the iconic British manufacturer has ever produced، capable of speeds of 250mph، thanks to a 1035 horsepower petrol-electric hybrid powertrain derived from Formula One.

It's been dubbed as the modern continuation of the iconic '90s McLaren F1 featuring a similar three-seat cabin layout، with the driver sat slap-bang in the middle of the cockpit like a fighter pilot.

Even if the eye-watering price of £1.75million plus taxes - so £2.1million for Britons - wasn't a stumbling block، you can't have one، as every example to be built has already been reserved by a deep-pocketed buyer.
Measuring in at 5.2 metres long، the nose to tail distance is the same as a long-wheelbase Mercedes S-Class limousine - and bigger than the average-size car parking space.

Making up the vast majority of the length is the dramatic rear end، which features one of the most extended rear overhangs of any vehicle in production today.

What also draws the eyes are the fixed-cover front wheels.
These are designed to keep the air fed through the front-bumper vents as clean as possible as it channels down the profile of the bodywork.

Like a reversal of a time-trial bicycle - which in some cases have a solid wheel at the back - the rear wheels are a traditional alloy، giving the car a unique look.

If the 106 owners don't like it، they can have the fixed front-wheel covers removed on request.
Another high-tech feature includes the lack of wing mirrors.

Instead، the Speedtail features cameras that extend from the doors to provide a wide-angle image that displayed to the driver in real time via a pair of screens mounted in the dashboard.

Under the incredibly svelte panels is a petrol-electric hybrid system that combines a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with electric motors to produce a whopping 1035 horse power.

The hybrid systems isn't for economy، though - while there are batteries on board، there is no scope for electric-only running. It's purely about sheer performance.

With the Speedtail tipping the scales at just 1،430kg - less than a Ford Mondeo family car - it can deliver a top speed of 250mph.

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