McLaren Elva Gets An Incredible Retro Makeover

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MSO pays homage to the historic McLaren M1A racer.

Last year, McLaren lifted the wraps off the Elva, a new open-cockpit roadster inspired by the iconic M1A race car designed by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s. While the styling already takes its cues from the historic racer, McLaren Special Operations has designed a new retro-inspired theme for the Elva that pays homage to the M1A.

Specifically, the McLaren Elva M1A by MSO pays homage to the M1A that became the fastest car at the 1964 Canadian Sports Car Grand Prix, after it repeatedly smashed the lap record.

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Distinguishing the McLaren Elva M1A by MSO is a custom black paint job with a contrasting grey and red racing pinstripe and a racing number adorning the rear fenders. The interior is fitted with red and black carbon bucket seats.

Like every McLaren Elva, the M1A by MSO is powered by the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the McLaren Senna, which produces 803 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With no windshield (yes, the McLaren Elva will still be street legal even without a windshield in some US states unlike the Ferrari SP1 and SP2), that's enough power to rearrange your facial features.

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All that power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, enabling the retro-inspired roadster to hit 0-62 mph in less than three seconds and up to 124 mph in just 6.7 seconds. McLaren claims the Elva is the lightest road car the automaker has ever made thanks to a carbon fiber chassis, body and seats, as well as carbon-ceramic brakes, although the weight of the car is still being finalized.

Production of the McLaren Elva will be capped at 399 units, with customer deliveries starting at the end of 2020. Pricing starts at an eye-watering $1.83 million and an array of customization options will be available, but McLaren hasn't announced how much the custom M1A theme will cost.

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