McLaren announced at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show that it will debut the next Ultimate Series car online on Sunday, December 10.
The replacement for the brilliant McLaren P1 hasn’t been around for too long, however, the way the P1 entered and changed the automotive world meant a reprisal was all but assured.
According to McLaren, the newest Ultimate Series car “will be the ultimate track-concentrated McLaren.”
Unlike other McLarens, however, the firm’s ideology of a daily-driven supercar will be sacrificed “to give the most intensive driver experience around a circuit.” That makes us think the next Ultimate Series will take more inspiration from the non-road-legal P1 GTR than the “standard” P1.
The upcoming Ultimate Series will also be joined by a second model, internally code-named BP23, which will have three-abreast seating like McLaren’s iconic F1, giving the driver unparalleled visibility and control over the McLaren’s inputs.
But this won’t be a track-bred attack dog like its Ultimate Series stablemate. The BP23 is expected to be the more refined, but still very fast, super grand tourer of the lineup.
McLaren also used the Middle Eastern auto show to introduce the latest bespoke MSO 720S.
Built as a commission for someone in Dubai, the MSO 720S is finished in satin Zenith-black paintwork, and gold-colored wheels and interior components to give the McLaren a very Bruce Wayne vibe.
However, it’s what’s on the supercar’s wing and under its engine cover that truly sets this particular 720S apart from the average supercar.
McLaren announced that, like the McLaren F1, this special 720S’s engine compartment was finished with a 24-carat gold heat-shield.
To further enhance this MSO build, the owner commissioned McLaren to inscribe the 720S’ wing with a quote by McLaren’s founder, Bruce McLaren, in gold-colored Arabic lettering designed to “echo the Dubai city skyline.”
The quote itself reads, “Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
The company stated that the personalization on the rear wing alone took more than 30 hours to complete and the company had to hand-paint all the lettering.
Andreas Bareis, McLaren managing director, stated in a release, “The quote from Bruce McLaren rings true not only of the history of McLaren, but also the achievements of the UAE and the Gulf states over the last four decades. The UAE and the region are very important to McLaren, not only in terms of our client base, but also because of the support from our shareholders. This car pays tribute to that.”
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