McLaren Speedtail Pumps 1035HP And 250MPH Top End As Rightful Heir To Legendary McLaren F1

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The McLaren F1 is probably the greatest production road car ever built (don't argue with us) and is a legend in automotive circles. However, the car is a product of the 1990s, and McLaren hasn't quite yet built a vehicle that has the same performance pedigree or desirability as the McLaren F1 (sorry, P1).

However, that all changes with the reveal of the McLaren Speedtail. McLaren is calling it a Hyper-GT that will have a top speed of 250 mph and a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that will generate an astonishing 1,035 horsepower. Forming the basis of the Speedtail is another McLaren performance monster: the 720S. The wheelbase of that donor platform has been extended by two inches, and like the original F1, this is a three-seat vehicle. The driver sits in the center of the vehicle, with passengers flanking him (or her) positioned slightly aft.

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While the F1 weighed in at an amazingly light 2,500 pounds, the Speedtail unfortunately adds another 1,000 pounds to that tally. You can blame 25 years of safety technology, electronic doodads, and lithium-ion batteries for that weight increase. However, the original F1 "only" generated 627 horsepower. To put that in perspective, the F1's power-to-weight ratio is roughly 4 lbs/hp per horsepower, while the Speedtail comes in at 3.38 lbs/hp.

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Put this all tougher and the Speedtail will accelerate from a standstill to 186 mph in just 12.8 seconds. For comparison, the P1 achieves the same feat in 16.5 seconds.

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If you're hoping to get your own set of keys to a McLaren Speedtail, it's probably not gonna happen. There are only 106 being produced -- the same number of original F1s sold to the public. The McLaren Speedtail will be priced at $2.24 million when the first production examples roll off the assembly line in 2020.