TEST – The CO2 emissions of a city car, the comfort of a saloon and the performance of a supercar: electrified, the latest English berlinetta delivers an immense repertoire.
Everything is new. Introducing plug-in hybrid technology, McLaren’s latest creation is unprecedented. It’s not obvious. The fault with a silhouette which seems a decal of the other models and which could give the impression that the English manufacturer, which has just celebrated its 10 years, is treading water. Close examination of the lines gives another reading. Around the doors in the elytron, the Artura is distinguished by a significant aerodynamic work which leads to sides dug in the continuity of large air intakes, vertical openings around the projectors, exhausts which blow in height and which dispense with the use to unsightly aerodynamic appendages. Compared to a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, the shapes will appear less exuberant but the result is a model of elegance.
Knowing that a plug-in hybrid drivetrain is not the most suitable for a rear-engined super sports car in terms of weight and size…
TEST – Special model produced in only 765 units, the last convertible from the English firm offers extraordinary sensations.
LT? At McLaren, these initials, diminutive of “Long Tail” (for long tail), refer to machines cut to chase the clock on the circuits. This is the vocation of the 765 LT now available as a spider and produced in only 765 units like the coupe which is now sold out. How could it be otherwise with a 765-horsepower car capable of sprinting to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and propelling you to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds? Still in apnea, the 300 km/h is reached in less time than it takes to heat up a coffee machine (19.3 seconds). Derived from the 720 S, this model is the most powerful McLaren spider of all time.
In the absence of a track, it is on the road that our path will lead us. The start of the twin-turbo V8 erases all doubt. The four titanium exhaust pipes blow upwards, at the height of the lights, a hoarse sound. At idle speed, the spider already immerses you in the racing atmosphere: the chassis is only vibrations. But he is perfectly domesticated and you have to have the courage, or the imprudence, to disconnect the electronic aids to check your pilot skills. Taking advantage of a lowered ground clearance, a recalibrated chassis based on electronically controlled shock absorbers, an extended rear bonnet and neat aerodynamic elements, the LT Spider seems to cling to the asphalt, like a suction cup. Incredulous in the face of cornering speeds, the driver immediately perceives the advantages of a car that is 80 kg (1,388 kg) lighter than the 720 S.
The steering responds tit for tat and the braking sends you into the windshield as the deceleration is impressive with the rear wing which stands vertically. Aboard this radical spider, serenity returns when you ride with your hair in the wind. The carbon fiber roof retracts in 11 seconds up to 50 km/h.
On the sidelines of the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in California, it sold for 250 million euros in vehicles at auction.
To make you dizzy. In the space of three days, the auction houses that operated as part of the famous Californian Concours d’Elegance of Pebble Beach, on the Pacific Rim, sold for nearly $ 300 million (around $ 250 million). euros) of cars. It must be said that between the three big houses that are Bonhams, Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby’s, the plateau was sumptuous. Wealthy amateurs had the opportunity to shop in order to build up the finest of collections.
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It is undoubtedly necessary to see the effervescence of an event bringing together the greatest international collectors but the prices remain at a high level. The scores recorded are quite exceptional. Already, experts point out that collectors, deprived of releases for a year and a half because of the pandemic, aspired to have fun. Whatever the cost.
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AUCTION – RM Sotheby’s will sell on July 17 the single-seater that enabled the world champion to win the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.
This is an almost unique opportunity to acquire a recent Formula 1 car. On the occasion of the Great Britain Grand Prix which will take place at Silverstone on July 17, RM Sotheby’s will be offering the McLaren MP4-25A at the wheel of which the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the grand prize. of Turkey 2010. At the time, the young English driver already won a title (2008) and during the 2010 season, he is in contention for a second crown. The McLarens have been neck and neck with the Red Bulls and Ferraris since the start of the 2010 season. The Mercedes driven by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg have become referees.
The Woking stable’s machines are also powered by the Mercedes FO 108X 2.4-liter V8 engine. That year, Hamilton took pole position and won three grand prizes. That of Turkey is the first of them. Hamilton will also win the Canadian and German Grand Prix.
After testing the Turkish race, the English driver had failed by a few tenths in the hunt for pole behind Mark Webber’s Renault-powered Red Bull. In the race, Hamilton took advantage of the collision between the two Austrian single-seaters of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel to win the Turkish event. At the end of the season, however, it was the young German from the Reb Bull team who took the crown, four points ahead of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). The McLaren MP4-25A (chassis 01) is estimated between 5 and 7 million dollars.
The absence of the Geneva Motor Show does not prevent manufacturers from increasing the number of novelties in their electric range.
Even deprived of the Geneva Motor Show which traditionally opens the ball for European novelties and which should have been held at this time, the automotive world continues to run at full speed. We know it well: success favors the most dynamic. Even more so at this time when the targets for reducing CO emissions2 are forcing manufacturers to speed up the deployment of their electrified ranges.
In this area, Korean brands fully intend to take the lead. Hyundai has just unveiled Ioniq 5, the first vehicle in its zero emission offensive. Inspired by the concept 45 revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019, this crossover does not lack style with its forms devoid of aggressiveness and its 20-inch wheels positioned at the four corners. To put things in perspective, this vehicle based on the new E-GMP electric platform is 30mm longer (4.63m) than the last Tucson and as tall as the Nissan Qashqai (1.60m). Thanks to its generous wheelbase (3 meters
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NEW – The latest berlinette from the Woking manufacturer converts to the plug-in hybrid V6, thus avoiding the supermalus.
Will the electric motor save the sports car? If we are to believe the projects that flourish in the design offices of builders, we can think so. As much for reasons of contribution to the reduction of the carbon footprint as of social acceptance, sports models inject a more or less important dose of electricity. Manufacturers like Pininfarina or Lotus are even preparing to enter the all-electric market with new supercars.
Today, it’s McLaren’s turn to announce a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The builder from Woking is not the first. BMW with the i8 and Ferrari with the SF90 Stradale have already beaten it. After the 2012 P1 and the 2020 Speedtail which relied on a hybrid drivetrain, McLaren takes another step forward with the Artura. Marketed at the end of the first half of 2021, this new 4.53-meter berlinetta opens a new era, based on a plug-in hybrid architecture.
This solution being expensive in terms of weight and size, the engineers of the English brand have left with a blank sheet of paper. It hardly transpires at the level of the lines which continue the stylistic theme of the last achievements. The shapes are rounder and less aggressive and, it is good news, they dispense with unsightly aerodynamic appendages but it will undoubtedly be necessary that the manufacturer conducts an in-depth reflection to get out of his decal scheme.
To compensate for the integration of the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Artura inaugurates a new monocoque structure in plastic reinforced with carbon fibers. Miracle of technology: the new berlinetta weighs only 1,498 kg empty, barely fifty kilos more than the 570 S. As much for questions of size as of reduction of emissions, McLaren bends to downsizing. The V8 is replaced by a 6-cylinder 3-liter biturbo whose originality is a 120-degree architecture, like the 1.5-liter V6 engines of certain versions of the F1 Ferrari 156 of the early 1960s.
Compact and 50 kilos lighter than the V8, the McLaren V6 delivers 585 horsepower. Its maximum speed is 8,500 rpm. The combined power of the Artura comes out to 680 hp thanks to the addition of the 95 hp electric machine placed between the V6 and the 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The electric motor is powered by a 7.4 kWh lithium-ion battery which provides an electric range of 30 km. It would recharge to 80% in 2 hours 30 minutes on a household outlet. This is the main asset of this berlinetta: moving in an urban environment in silence and without emitting any pollutant or CO emissions.2. In fact, the manufacturer announces CO emissions2 standardized to 129 g / km. The Artura thus escapes the 2021 supermalus of 30,000 euros, which will be increased to 40,000 euros in 2022.
The Artura announces high level performances. The 0 to 100 km / h would be dispatched in 3 seconds; 200 km / h in 8.3 seconds. Regarding road behavior, it will benefit from a new rear axle, lighter, and a suspension equipped with controlled shock absorbers.
EXCLUSIVE – Prestige brands maintain their desirability with exceptional models produced in limited series. The latest addition is a spectacular McLaren tray.
It’s not just vintage cars that can be collected. For nearly forty years, prestigious brands have regularly marketed exclusive models that enthusiasts are snapping up and which give rise to speculative outbursts. A vein that Ferrari was the first to take advantage of with the 1984 288 GTO produced at only 272 units. Through these superlative machines which are subject to limited production, the manufacturers exalt pleasure and desire.
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The owners of these exceptional vehicles have never had to regret it. They are better investments than life insurance. A 288 GTO is now worth 2 million euros (935,000 francs in 1984); a McLaren F1 nearly 20 million euros (5,400,000 francs in 1993); a Porsche 911 R, double its selling price. Each time, the formula is roughly the same: an unprecedented body, technology and driving pleasure taken to their peak as well as a sufficiently limited draw.
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