The retro touches are just right.
The McLaren F1 is one of those supremely surreal supercars that almost every gearhead knows about. It's top speed record may have long been toppled by the Bugatti Veyron, and more recently the Chiron, but the period for which it held its record, its unique seating layout, and its phenomenal engine are still legendary today. Something that even those Bugattis can't boast is a Le Mans win, and now there's a new McLaren 720S that celebrates the F1 GTR's win back in 1995. But if you want one, you'd better act fast - only 50 are being produced and we have no doubt that the heritage of this limited edition will make it a highly sought after model.
The new special edition is being prepared to celebrate the 25th anniversary of McLaren F1 GTR #59's win at the famed track which came about after 298 laps - one more than its closest rival. Thus, the VIN of each special 720S will begin with 298. Naturally, there's more to this special 720S than just a nostalgic VIN.
The lower half of each car will be painted in Ueno Grey, while the rest of the body can be finished in either Sarthe Grey or McLaren Orange. A gloss black roof scoop, vented carbon fiber front fenders, gold brake calipers, and various gloss black accents and badges will be joined by special five-spoke LM wheels that are very similar to those seen on the F1 GTR.
Inside, Alcantara is the material of choice and again, a choice of two colors is available, with McLaren Orange or Dove Grey as your options. The seats themselves are fashioned from carbon fiber, while the headrests, floor mats, and a special plaque feature a script reading 'McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans'.
While no performance enhancements are made, the standard 720S is blisteringly quick anyway. In line with low-volume sports car trends, owners will nevertheless be able to customize their special edition with the addition of various carbon fiber parts. These won't come cheap, but the car itself isn't pocket change either. Pricing starts at £254,500 or around $319,600 at today's exchange rate. Deliveries are expected to begin in September.