McLaren Speedtail Albert Unveiled
The first finished prototype of the 403kph (250mph) hypercar has been commemorated with a one-off McLaren Speedtail. As the manufacture of the 106 Speedtails comes to an end, this special edition is released. The one-off, McLaren Speedtail Albert, was created for a private buyer by McLaren Beverly Hills and was built and painted by the company’s in-house customisation unit, McLaren Special Operations (MSO).
The outside colour of the Albert is a blend of Magnesium Silver and Ueno Grey, which represents the F1 GTR that won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995 and was worn by the Speedtail’s F1 forefather when it was introduced at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix. The car also receives a one-of-a-kind slimline livery to highlight the paintwork, which took 12 weeks to complete.
“As one of the final Speedtails manufactured at the McLaren Production Centre, it was critical to us at McLaren Beverly Hills that Albert honours the brand’s rich heritage, notably paying tribute to the icon that is the McLaren F1,” said Parris Mullins of McLaren Beverly Hills.
The car was given the name Albert after the 1992 McLaren F1 test mules, which were called after Albert Drive in Woking, where Gordon Murray conceived and built his revolutionary supercar.
As a nod to its forerunner, the initial MVY02 Speedtail prototype was given the moniker Albert. It was designed to evaluate the Speedtail’s central driving position and ergonomics, as well as vision and rear-view camera placement. The prototype was the first Speedtail to be driven on public roads, and it was created with front panels from a 720S.
MSO managing director Ansar Ali said, “The name Albert has a special resonance with MSO because we’re the keepers of the McLaren F1 and are based at the Albert Drive buildings that McLaren Cars occupied in the 1990s.”
“The McLaren Speedtail Albert experience has been thrilling for our consumers, from visualising their ideas to seeing them come to life, and experiencing their excitement when the finished product is shown. Albert puts this project to a close, and we’re pleased to be able to do it on such a high note.”
On August 8, the McLaren Speedtail Albert will make its public debut at Sunset GT, a luxury-focused Cars and Coffee event in Los Angeles.
A 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that works in tandem with an electric motor produces 1,070hp and 1,150Nm in the three-seat McLaren Speedtail. This is enough to drive the hypercar from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 3 seconds, 0 to 200 kilometres per hour in 6.6 seconds, and to a top speed of 403 kilometres per hour. The engine is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
McLaren finally confirmed its debut in the Indian market earlier this year. The Infinity Group has been designated as the British supercar maker’s dealer partners and official aftersales support, and the GT, 720S Coupe, 720S Spider, and Artura will be available in India. These aforementioned vehicles’ ex-showroom costs have also been revealed.
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