This supercar proves tech and drivers can coexist in the same car.
We’ve been seeing a lot of high-tech concept cars coming out of CES. Most aren’t designed for performance, although some are. The McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept certainly is designed to be driven. It’s a tech-filled supercar that doesn’t drive itself in any way, which is a good thing to us. The new electronic bits come courtesy of Japanese electronics company JVCKENWOOD and its CAROPTRONICS system. This is an all-caps way of saying it has rear cameras and a heads-up display (HUD).
If you look closely you’ll notice that the rearview mirrors of the 675LT have been dropped in favor of cameras; there’s also a camera in the rear. These feed into the digital rear view mirror, or DRVM. According to McLaren, the DRVM reduces blind spots and offers a wider field of view. It also looks damn cool! In addition to these future mirrors there is no instrument panel, with the 675LT displaying all relevant info on the HUD. Other than the added tech the inside is more or less normal. Oh, wait, there’s a new steering wheel! Did you notice where it’s from? That’s right, the P1 GTR! The steering wheel is equipped with controls for the HUD, meaning your eyes never have to leave the road.
Anyway, the inside is still plenty luxurious with a mix of carbon black nappa leather and calypso orange nappa leather. The exterior has been left virtually untouched, save for the camera mirrors and the silver racing stripe. The engine has been left alone as well, meaning it’ll still pump out 666 horsepower (insert devil joke here) from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8. When it comes to tech and cars, we’re a bit fearful of the future. Our fears mostly come from the fact that we don’t want to not be able to drive that which sits in our garage. However, McLaren’s 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept shows that technology doesn’t necessarily need to reduce the role of the driver.