McLaren Speedtail revealed in full before official debut

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The 600LT, the Senna, the P1 ...

We're used to McLaren making some bold moves, but the Speedtail is something else. "There's no EV capability, and it's a fast recharge, so if you use the energy that's stored, it recharges in about 90 seconds". Its carbon fiber body is narrower but longer than P1, measuring nearly 17 feet.

The Woking team is being deliberately tight-lipped about the hybrid system that sits beneath the Speedtail's teardrop-shaped exoskeleton, however McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt did reveal a small morsel of tantalising information.

The air flow to the front of the Speedtail has been designed so that air enters either into slender air intakes which feed the Low-Tempreture Radiators or two air intakes contained within the upper front clam. It's then sent through the body and around the wheel arches, and exited in lower door vents. The idea is to reduce air volume traveling around the sides, cutting turbulence.

The Speedtail is the long-awaited successor to McLaren's first model, the F1 of the 1990s, which was the fastest auto in the world for a while with a top speed of 243 miles per hour.

It's equipped with a special Velocity mode and bespoke Pirelli P-Zero tyres that allow for the full 250mph top speed. The body is carbon fiber, the suspension is aluminum and the brakes are carbon ceramic. The interior is covered in soft and expensive, but lightweight, Scandinavian leathers. It all helps minimize weight, and McLaren says the Speedtail weighs just 3,153 pounds dry.

The Speedtail, a 1,035-hp gasoline-electric hybrid pays homage in many ways to the iconic F1 of the 1990s. A pair of passenger seats sit left and right of the captain's chair, while specific luggage compartments have been carved into the nose and tail of the vehicle (Speedtail owners can purchase bespoke luggage to fit their hypercar). Touchscreens surround the three-spoke steering wheel, while buttons for controlling features such as the windows and the vehicle's active dynamics are located on a panel overhead. But alas, let's not get ahead of ourselves before we see it, if not in person, at least through more high-definition pictures tomorrow morning.

Just 106 examples of the Speedtail are going into production, and all have already been sold.

Despite its reveal today, it'll be 2020 before the first McLaren Speedtail arrives with its owner. The auto also lacks side mirrors, choosing instead to have side and rear view cameras that let the driver see around the Speedtail on displays inside the vehicle. McLaren claim that they minimise the drag, something we don't doubt.

About one-third of the Speedtails are headed for North America, the spokesman said.