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New McLaren MSO Package Cuts Drag And Adds Comfort Using Feathers

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It’s innovation like this that will help the 570GT be the best grand tourer in its class.

McLaren's MSO division has been pining to make a mark on the supercar playing field ever since it's expanded its lineup to include profitable Porsche fighters (that can be made more profitable when offered with enticing options) and cars that take a stab at Ferrari (which has its own unnamed and high-end in-house tuning division that gets down with the one-offs). Call it attention-seeking, but McLaren's latest move to unleash the creative power of the MSO division is a flutter in the right direction.

That's because available now as an option on the 570GT is a Feather Wrap package that takes the latest in McLaren's research into biomimicry from its technology division, which has its hands in enough advanced research that it triggered a prospective buying visit from Apple, and places 10,000 carbon-veined artificial feathers onto the car. The process takes 300 hours of man labor to complete given that the feathers are placed onto the body by hand. Each feather is seven inches long and is applied at such an angle that it cushions the effects of the air gliding over the body for a more comfortable ride. McLaren chose the 570GT because it's the most likely vehicle in the automaker's lineup to be used for long-distance journeys.

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Drag is reduced as a result of the addition and the only side effect is a weight gain of 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds). In the accompanying press release, Robin Crane, a Biomimicry Specialist at McLaren Automotive said, "Our engineers and designers have long been inspired by nature in our aim to create the lightest and most aerodynamic shapes on the road. We call this biomimicry. And it was on a beautiful day walking around our Woking campus that one of us looked up at the birds circling our lake, then picked up a feather from the ground and placed it on a car… That turned into a conversation with the craftsmen and women at MSO that led to the creation of the Feather Wrap." The package is only available on April 1st.

Check out the build process and details surrounding the Feather Wrap option from the funny guys at McLaren below.