“Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone”: Bruce McLaren

McLaren marks 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren with a private ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Woking, Surrey, UK


McLaren remembers the life and achievements of Bruce McLaren, who in 1963 founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, the company that has evolved through almost six decades to become today’s McLaren.

Brands Hatch, Great Britain.
17 March 1968.
Bruce McLaren (McLaren M7A-Ford Cosworth), 1st position, portrait.
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Half A Century

June 2, 2020, marks half a century since the death of the pioneering racing driver and engineer, who was killed in 1970 while testing one of his Can-Am racing cars at the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex, UK. In commemoration of her father, Amanda McLaren – a McLaren Automotive brand ambassador – unveiled a life-sized statue of Bruce McLaren during a short private ceremony at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey, UK.

Fifty lighted candles were also placed around a 1970 McLaren M8D displayed at McLaren’s headquarters. The ‘sister car’ to the M8D in which Bruce McLaren was killed, it was driven to championship victory in the 1970 Can-Am race series by Bruce’s team-mate and fellow Kiwi racer, Denny Hulme. This was the second time Hulme had secured the championship, McLaren himself taking the honours in 1967 and 1969. The McLaren team dominated Can-Am racing from 1967 for five consecutive years.

“It is an honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren by unveiling this wonderfully crafted statue to commemorate his life and achievements. When my father died in June 1970 – just 12 years after coming to the UK from New Zealand – he had already done so much to realize his ambitions, but the best was still to come. McLaren’s accomplishments over more than 50 years in Formula 1, the landmark victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans race and the supercars and hypercars designed, developed and built under the McLaren banner, all stand as his legacy. 

“June 2 is always an emotional date for us and that’s particularly true this year. Having ‘Dad’ looking out over  McLaren is incredibly moving and I know that he would have been so very proud of the achievements made in his name.” Amanda McLaren, daughter of Bruce; McLaren Automotive Ambassador

The bronze statue of Bruce McLaren was created by painter and sculptor, Paul Oz. Globally recognized for his motorsport-inspired art, Oz was previously commissioned by McLaren Racing to produce a sculpture of Ayrton Senna that is also at the MTC. Senna drove for McLaren for six years, winning all three of his Formula 1 World Championships at the wheel of a McLaren in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

The Legacy of Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren himself debuted the newly formed McLaren team in Grand Prix racing in 1966, competing in Monaco. He also delivered the maiden McLaren Grand Prix victory, winning in 1968 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. This was Bruce’s fourth Formula 1 victory, adding to the three he recorded driving for Cooper.

Race winner Bruce McLaren (NZL) McLaren, celebrates victory on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 June 1968.
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The team that still bears his name has since achieved a total 182 race wins, bringing 12 Drivers’ Championships and 8 Constructors’ Championships to become the second most successful team in Formula 1.  McLaren also has three Indianapolis 500 victories to its name and earlier this year the team returned to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time in 40 years.

While Bruce McLaren himself never produced road cars in any number, the McLaren name was further cemented in automotive history with the introduction in 1992 of the McLaren F1, the car famously going on in race guise to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1995 at the team’s first attempt.

McLaren Automotive, today the largest part of the McLaren Group, was formed in 2010 and now produces a portfolio of GT, supercar and hypercar models for the road, with competition cars in the GT4 and GT3 classes and equivalent supported by McLaren Customer Racing.


Further information about McLaren is available at mclaren.com.

The Inside Story on The McLaren GT’s Unique and High-Tech Interior Materials

Story from McLaren Automotive

Innovation in supercar interiors is explored in a new McLaren Tech Club film that looks at the materials selected for the McLaren GT, a car that sees the traditional Grand Touring philosophy delivered in a new and uniquely McLaren way. Blending greater comfort, space and usability with the levels of driver engagement, dynamic ability and performance for which McLaren is renowned, the GT has its own unique identity – inside and out.

McLaren is committed to pursuing lightweight solutions across all aspects of design and engineering and the interior of the GT is no exception.  A new material called SuperFabric®, originally designed for military and aerospace applications, is available as a covering for the floor of the luggage bay. This innovative woven fabric is infused with a layer of tiny armored guard plates, providing increased resistance to stains, cuts, nicks and abrasions.  Breathable, easy to clean and quick to dry, the surface of the SuperFabric® is embossed with a hexagonal pattern to provide optimal protection.

This single-minded approach to light-weighting extends to more traditional cabin materials with McLaren adopting a contemporary approach to achieve the brand’s design philosophy of ‘everything for a reason’, bringing fashion and lifestyle inspirations to the finest materials and developing new exclusive colorways. 

The supple Nappa leather offered as standard in the GT can be upgraded to soft grain luxury leather or Alcantara® but regardless of owner preference all of the fine leathers used in the GT are sourced from Scotland’s Bridge of Weir company. Alternatively, cashmere is available in either Dove Grey or Jet Black as one of the most exclusive options from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the chic fabric featuring on the seats and key ‘touchpoints’ in the cabin. McLaren is the first car manufacturer to offer the softest and most luxurious of wools in a production version supercar.

“Introducing innovative new interior materials for any McLaren is a huge challenge. With the GT we were creating beauty and luxury but with the additional layers of functionality and advanced technology that are inherent in every car we design – and all delivered in a very modern way. Everything in a McLaren is there for a reason, not simply to look good; the materials need to be authentic not only in appearance and to the touch, but also in meeting our requirements for minimizing weight and performance in use”.
Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager, McLaren Automotive Ltd.

In line with McLaren’s pursuit of innovation while retaining authenticity, machined and knurled aluminum driver controls engage the senses both through touch and by visually ‘guiding’ the driver around the cabin. Designed to harmoniously bring together the full concept of the interior design, the finishers, bezels, paddles and switches create a sophisticated and inviting ambiance that reinforce McLaren’s technical precision. The GT also features the first application of ‘hidden until lit’ interior illumination; appearing at first as a solid metallic finish, this pioneering light design reveals a calming, ambient glow once the ignition is turned on. For design continuity, the ambient lighting pattern also links visually to the speaker grills of the recently awarded* Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Detailed around the doors and passenger-side dash, the lit hues can be changed to suit interior colors or mood. 

More information about the McLaren GT – and an online configurator that allows you to choose your own perfect specification for the car – is available at https://cars.mclaren.com/gb-en/new-mclaren-gt


Visit McLaren Dallas to configure your new McLaren GT.

McLaren 600LT Spider Coloring Sheet – Park Place Dealerships

Download the McLaren 600LT Spider Coloring Page: McLaren 600LT Coloring Page


McLaren released their 600LT Spider in early 2019, and is one of the many models that make our visitors to McLaren Dallas stop for a moment. It’s eye-catching and frankly, like most of the Mclaren line-up, FUN! 

But behind that exciting exterior is the track-inspired performance McLaren is known for. The 600LT Spider will reach 60mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds, with 124mph achieved in just 8.4 seconds. The maximum speed is 201mph with the roof raised, or 196mph with it lowered.

“The McLaren 600LT Spider adds a new dimension of excitement to the most extreme model in the Sports Series family, while losing none of the Longtail focus. Taking full advantage of the strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis has ensured that the new Spider has dynamic abilities and performance on par with the 600LT Coupé, for a weight premium of just 110.2lbs and with no additional structural strengthening required. In addition to our weight advantage over competitors, we have also retained the top-exit exhausts that debuted on the Coupé – and I’m pleased to report that they sound and look even better with the roof or rear window of the Spider lowered!” –Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.


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Game Day at the Park Place Auto Auction

An up-close-and-personal look at Park Place’s Auto Auction for area authorized dealers.


It’s 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon at Park Place Auto Auction in Plano, and the non-stop auctioneer chatter over the booming loudspeakers is silent now. The twin driveways are devoid of vehicles, while administrators inside the facility quietly wrap up the mounds of paperwork required to transfer ownership of nearly 200 vehicles.

But a mere two hours prior, the place was a buzzing beehive. Sedans, coupes, convertibles, SUVs, crossovers, pickups, minivans, sportscars and other vehicles of every make and manufacture creep slowly yet continuously along parallel driveways while about 200 potential buyers – independent and franchise dealers alike – raise a hand or give a nod and a wink to convey their bids. The din from fast-talking, sharp-eyed auctioneers is loud and urgent. Enormous wall-mounted monitors display a dizzying blur of vehicles and ever-rising numbers for all to see.

“The whole process is actually well under control,” says Kenny Parmentier, Operations Manager of Park Place Auto Auction. “But to outsiders, it tends to look like complete mayhem,” he adds with a chuckle.

Where Did It All Start?

The idea for getting into the auction business came from Park Place President Jordan Case, who wanted to create a clean, comfortable and well-kept environment where authorized dealers could find an extensive selection of both high-performance luxury cars and top-quality vehicles of all kinds, and engage in an efficient, hassle-free purchasing experience. In short, he wanted the auction business to function with the commitment to excellence that makes Park Place, well, Park Place.

More often than not, he’s on hand to savor the experience, which kicks off every Wednesday at 2 p.m. sharp. From that point, a vehicle is sold every 38 seconds. In the next 90 minutes, about 195 out of about 200 vehicles will have changed hands. And then it’s all over. Until next week, when it all starts again.

Where Do the Cars Come From?

Most of the vehicles come from Park Place pre-owned lots where they’ve been for 65 days, the result of trade-ins on something newer and shinier. Or they’re front-line vehicles that are getting long in the tooth as a new model year looms. The auction gives them all a chance to find new homes – and Park Place more room for more desirable pre-owned vehicles that will hopefully turn faster.

Celebrating its two-year anniversary in February, the Park Place Auto Auction business is run in partnership with America’s Auto Auction, a full-service company catering to dealers in 23 locations across 15 states. They handle all the day-to-day activity – checking vehicles in, taking pictures, and handling collections, payments, and titles.

Parmentier works for them, as does his five-member team.

“We’re running at a 95 percent success rate,” he says. “Once a vehicle is sold, the buyer has 48 hours to complete the sale and move the vehicle off the lot. It’s a fast-paced business and really quite exciting. It’s game day!”

In 2019, the business sold 8,647 vehicles or about 720 a month. Those that don’t sell one week – called “reruns” – go through the line again a week later for another shot at success, and are usually snapped up by eagle-eyed bargain hunters.

That certainly wasn’t the case when a 2019 Rolls-Royce and a 2018 McLaren came down the line.

“We don’t get those rarities all that often,” Parmentier grins, “but when we do, they’re show-stoppers!”

 

 

 

 

Watch List for the 2020 Park Place Pre-Owned Event

Did you know that we have a wide array of Pre-Owned and Certified vehicles in our showrooms and inventory? Introducing the Park Place Pre-Owned event, which is a great way to experience affordable luxury to kick off the new year. With over 1400 Pre-Owned vehicles, including over 700 Certified Pre-Owned models and an array of non-certified Pre-Owned vehicles,  there are plenty of cars and SUVs to choose from.

To help guide you during the Park Place Pre-Owned event, we have highlighted notable models across our dealerships that could very well be the next vehicle in your driveway.

 

Jaguar F-Type & Land Rover Range Rover Sport

If you love responsive handling with a sports car vibe, the Jaguar F-Type offers coupe and convertible options for sale. Whether you enjoy a hard rooftop or want to let the top down during the springtime, drivers will enjoy the experience behind the Jaguar wheel.

The same handling experience can be found with the Range Rover Sport. Whether you are driving around the Dallas tollways during the week or navigating mountainous terrains during vacation, the Range Rover Sport SUV adds more throttle to your commute.

When purchasing the Certified Pre-Owned Jaguar or Land Rover, the CPO warranty covers 7 years from the original in-service date or when your purchase reaches 100,000 total miles, whichever comes first.

Lexus NX

The Lexus NX features modern interior design complemented by swift SUV performance. Ever since the NX debuted with its 2015 year model release, drivers have enjoyed the comfortable seating and adaptable cargo space. When purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned NX, L/Certified warranty offers you four complimentary maintenances for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first.

McLaren 720S

Available at our Premier Collection, the McLaren 720S is ready for action as soon as you the start engine. The 720S is designed to be an everyday vehicle but also pushes the limits of relentless performance. Those interested Certified Pre-Owned McLarens can enjoy an additional 12 months or up to 12,000 miles of McLaren Qualified warranty.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz meets the needs of drivers who love the comfortability of a luxury SUV paired with the drivability of a compact sedan. Certified Pre-Owned GLCs are available dating back to 2016 models. Any GLC300 comes with an unlimited mileage Certified Pre-Owned warranty for an additional year – with the possibility to extend coverage for two additional years at the time of purchase.

Porsche Macan

As SUV growth continues to climb industry-wide, the Porsche Macan is at the forefront of the SUV revolution. Not to mention, the performance crossover SUV is Porsche’s top-selling vehicle. Since its introductory 2015 model, Macan owners have enjoyed the athletic ride paired with the authentic Porsche styling. Owners who purchase a Porsche Certified Pre-Owned model will also enjoy 2 years of unlimited mileage warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty.

Volvo XC90

The top-selling Volvo model concludes the Park Place Pre-Owned Event vehicle watch list. Whether you need additional cargo space for a weekend getaway or daily driver to pick up the kids, the XC90 provides ample room for up to 7 occupants. With additional safety support and cozy comfort, Volvo’s full-size SUV helped the Swedish brand achieve their highest sales volume in 12 years.

With your purchase of a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo, owners will enjoy a 5 year or unlimited-mile warranty coverage from the original in-service date of the car. Additional warranty coverage can also be purchased up to a total of 10 years and unlimited miles at the time of purchase.

If you are in the market to upgrade your vehicle during the Park Place Pre-Owned Event, please visit parkplace.com to find your favorite Pre-Owned options.

 

McLaren Elva: No Top, No Windshield, No Problem

Their all-new, two-seat Elva hypercar gives you a lot for your money.


  • Exclusivity, as in only 399 will be built.
  • Incredible styling, as in outer space UFO.
  • Ferocity, as in 804-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque from the mighty McLaren 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8.
  • Lightness, as in the lightest McLaren ever made (they haven’t mentioned a curb weight yet, but we believe them) thanks to the generous use of carbon fiber, molded resin bodywork, titanium and Inconel (a superalloy).

What you don’t get – a windshield, roof or radio.

But you don’t need them, because the Elva is meant to be a pure performance roadster, named in homage of the 1960’s-era McLaren-Elva sports cars designed by Bruce McLaren himself (Elvis drove one in “Spinout”).

You also don’t need them because of McLaren’s proprietary, world-first Active Air Management System (AAMS). The system channels air through the nose to come out and over the cockpit at high velocity to create what they call a “bubble of calm.” In effect, it’s a windshield made of air. And the faster you go, the better it works.

Will the system keep out moisture from a sudden downpour? If it’s just a light shower, then it’s likely. If it’s a Texas gulley washer, possibly. Finding overhead shelter would be the most prudent option, however.

But if you really want a windshield…

If you really want a windshield, you can order one as an option. Some states require it, so check your DMV to be certain. And if you really want a radio, you can order that too, at no additional charge. But a roof? Nope, sorry.

There’s a lot of other stuff you can get, though.

McLaren offers customers a dazzling array of bespoke interior materials, including leathers in a range of finishes and levels of protection, including an “Enhanced Full Aniline” leather with a second protective layer to meet open-cockpit requirements.

“Ultrafabric” is another innovation – it’s a breathable synthetic material comprising four layers. The outer two provide durability and moisture resistance while the inner layers add a reinforced rayon-fiber base and cushioning to help keep you in your seat where you belong.

Additional personalization options are available through McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke division of McLaren. They include interior color choices for the Ultrafabric and leathers, as well as virtually limitless exterior paint colors. You can even order a blended full-body “contour” or “velocity” finish that mixes multiple colors across the length of the vehicle that’s individually hand-painted by MSO’s craftspeople.

Or you can go big-time with “Gloss Visual Carbon Fiber Body” which exposes the carbon fiber body panels and the composite material twill. And you can install 18-carat white-gold or platinum badges using thin-ply technology carbon (TPT) materials that expose a stratified, shimmering surface resembling flowing water. There’s even a 24-carat gold engine bay heat shield.

But since there’s only going to be 399 examples of the Elva, now might be a good time to get your name on the list.

“Our mission with the McLaren Elva was to create an open-cockpit, two-seat roadster that delivers the most elemental of driving experiences,” says Rob Melville, Design Director, McLaren Automotive. “Formula 1-inspired shrink-wrapped volumes create a technical sculpture that’s as striking as it is remarkable, the exterior flowing into the interior in a stunning example of a new and unique McLaren ‘blurred boundaries’ design principle that has allowed us to seamlessly bring the outside in to further enhance driver engagement while remaining true to our philosophy of making no compromises.”

 

Learn more here.

Find out more at:

McLaren Dallas

5300 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas TX 75209

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Park Place Dealerships Continues Holiday Giving with Premier Collection Holiday Soireé

More than 350 toys donated to Community Partners of Dallas’ Toy Drive


Park Place Premier Collection recently held its Holiday Soireé with a progressive dinner and ultimate shopping experience spanning all four luxury showrooms at the Lemmon Avenue location.

Guests enjoyed a range of tantalizing treats and vivacious views to stimulate their senses:

  • Guests sampled fresh sushi and Milagro Margaritas in the McLaren showroom while perusing extraordinary timepieces by Officine Panerai and viewing the exciting 2020 McLaren GT. Guests also had the opportunity to appraise a special blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco from the unique Alec Bradley Mundial cigars bar while sipping Glenfiddich Grand Cru whiskey. Meanwhile guests had the opportunity to get some holiday shopping done thanks to Northpark Gold and the Diptyque Lucky Charms Collection.
  • NorthPark Center showcased men’s fashions by Canali and women’s fashions by CH Carolina Herrera as guests checked out the Maserati Levante GTS Trofeo and tasted Italian-inspired bites while sipping Solerno Sparkling Starlight cocktails.
  • Surrounded by the opulent comfort of the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge luxury SUV, guests savored small plates from The French Room while drinking Hendrick’s Holidaze Punch and shopping RIMOWA stylish luggage. Guests also had the opportunity to register to win a prize package that included a stay at the Adolphus Hotel with a special drive and shopping spree.
  • The 2020 Bentley Continental GT and Bentayga Stetson Edition SUV were paired with Reyka Yule Mules, Chocolate Martinis and Nespresso coffee with decadent desserts from Seasons 52, plus an exclusive look at sparkling jewelry and timepieces from Eiseman Jewels. Guests could add a little sparkle to their visage at the Lip Lounge, sponsored by Perricone MD holistic skin care products.

Bank of America sponsored complimentary valet parking.

In total, more than 350 new, unwrapped toys have been donated to benefit Community Partners of Dallas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing support to caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

Community Partners of Dallas serves more than 20,000 children annually. More info at https://www.cpdtx.org


Located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue near Love Field, Park Place Premier Collection features Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas, Bentley Dallas, Park Place Maserati and McLaren Dallas showrooms.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships operates 17 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

Park Place Dealerships Kicks Off Season of Holiday Giving with Philanthropic Programs

For Every Act of Kindness Shared with Hashtag #giveamazing Lexus will donate $10 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America


The holiday season is a time of increased giving across North Texas and Park Place Dealerships is leading the way for members, clients and the community to give back to help those who may need it. Organizations Park Place will be supporting during this season include Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club of America, Community Partners of Dallas, Arlington ISD, and Toys for Tots.

“We care about our community and are glad to provide support to those in need,” said Dave Evans, chief marketing officer for Park Place Dealerships. “There are many families who struggle throughout the year and our members continually look for opportunities to help others. During this holiday season, we are partnering with various charities and we have made it easy for the community to join these efforts.”

Give Back with Park Place 

Park Place Lexus stores in Grapevine and Plano are participating in the Lexus Give Amazing program, which kicks off November 22. Lexus is simply asking people to share acts of kindness on social media with the hashtag #giveamazing. For each submission using the hashtag, Lexus will donate $10 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America up to a total donation of $100,000.

Park Place Motorcars Dallas and Park Place Porsche Dallas are participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Clients and members can pick an angel off the tree at the Lemmon Avenue dealerships. The angel tags are printed with a child’s name, age and gift ideas from their wish list. Participants purchase gifts and return them to the dealerships by the deadline on the tag. Park Place members will deliver the gifts to one of the 11 Salvation Army Distribution centers for delivery to a family. 

Park Place Motorcars Arlington is collecting new and gently used coats, jackets and shoes for students in Arlington ISD, where approximately 64,000 students (70% of students) are identified as “low socio-economic.”

Park Place Dealerships’ corporate office, located in Las Colinas, also will be collecting toys for distribution for the Community Partners of Dallas. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the front desk at 350 Phelps Drive in Irving.

Porsche Grapevine is collecting non-perishable food throughout November to donate to a local food bank and will be collecting Toys for Tots thru December 9th. Park Place Motorcars Grapevine is donating food for GRACE for Thanksgiving dinner and participating in Toys for Tots thru Dec. 13.

All of these efforts are part of the Park Place Cares program, which encourages Park Place’s 2,100 members to volunteer their time and resources to serve the community in which they live and work. The community can support any of these initiatives by donating toys, food, or sharing their act of kindness on social media with the hashtag #giveamazing


Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships operates 17 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

McLaren Reveals Next Ultimate Series: the McLaren Elva

Revealed this month, the new Ultimate Series roadster, the McLaren Elva, is the brand’s first open-cockpit road car and well, it’s stunning.


The Elva name celebrates the renowned Bruce McLaren-designed M1A and McLaren-Elva M1A [Mk I], M1B [Mk II] and M1C [Mk III] of the 1960s. Produced as ‘customer’ versions of the innovative and exciting Group 7 McLaren race cars, the McLaren-Elva sportscars embodied many of the pioneering design and engineering principles that are integral to the McLaren road cars produced today.

“McLaren continues to push the boundaries of supercar and hypercar development in pursuit of outstanding and unparalleled driving experiences for our customers, and the McLaren Elva epitomizes that pioneering spirit. The McLaren-Elva M1A [Mk1] and its successors are in many ways the true spiritual forerunners of today’s McLarens – superlight, mid-engined cars with the highest levels of performance and dynamic excellence. It’s fitting that the new McLaren Ultimate Series roadster – a uniquely modern car that delivers the ultimate connection between driver, car and the elements and with that new heights of driving pleasure on road or track – acknowledges our rich heritage with the Elva name.”- Mike Flewitt, CEO, McLaren Automotive

The new McLaren Elva is a ferociously fast open-cockpit; an extreme two-seater with a bespoke carbon fibre chassis and body but no roof, no windscreen and no side windows. With every sensory input heightened, this is a car that exists to provide unparalleled driving pleasure on road or track.

A 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 from the same family of engines that powers the McLaren Senna and Senna GTR combines with the lightest vehicle weight1 of any road car produced by McLaren Automotive to give the superlight new Ultimate Series roadster truly breathtaking performance across the board, with extraordinary levels of acceleration, agility and driver feedback.

The appearance of the McLaren Elva is as striking and unique as the driving experience. The low nose and pronounced front fender peaks provide visual drama and at the same time enhance forward vision. Large, carbon fibre rear fenders flow from the front of the door to the rear deck, while the height of the twin rear buttresses is minimized by using a deployable roll-over protection system.

Helmets can be worn if preferred, but the form and sculpture of the upper cabin wraps around the driver and passenger to provide a secure environment. A fixed windscreen derivative of the car is also available for most markets as a factory option.


Stay tuned to Park Place News as details and videos are released on this new Ultimate Series. #McLaren #McLarenElva #UltiamteSeries

A New Look on Why the McLaren 600LT is Fast, Furious, and Oh-So-Fun

For the past decade, British-based supercar builder McLaren has been busily pumping their race-bred technical heritage into exclusive, adrenaline-rushing two-seaters that compete with Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Porsche. And they’re doing just fine, thank you.

The 600LT, or “Longtail.” The LT designation harkens back to the company’s legendary 1997 F1 GTR, known as much for its long silhouette as its blistering performance. Over time, the nickname blossomed into a badge of distinction:

Today’s new 600LT (and its convertible Spider sibling) are only the fourth (and fifth) McLarens to receive the LT label.

McLaren reps say the car is the “most extreme incarnation” of their Sports Series lineup ever. Those words are praise as well as cautionary advice. The 600LT is purpose-built to excel on race circuits, delivering raw thrills and exhilaration to skilled drivers who like dancing on the razor’s edge.

McLaren is legendary for their innovative use of lightweight carbon fiber in chassis and bodywork – including the 600LT’s front splitter, side sills, extended diffuser and fixed rear wing – which contribute to a weight of just 2,750 pounds and a massive 220 pounds of downforce. There’s also their Formula One-derived handling and suspension systems (including McLaren Variable Drift Control for stability).

Let’s not forget McLaren’s equally legendary powertrain technology. The 600LT’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 delivers 592 hp (600PS) and 457 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a superb seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Light, agile and dynamic, the 600LT puts all that tech to good use, sprinting 0-62 mph in an eye-watering 2.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 204 mph.

Interested buyers should be aware that the window on the 600LT’s 12-month production schedule in Woking, Surrey, has closed. The door to the Spider is still open but not for long. Can you say “exclusivity”? Pricing starts at around $240,000, so contact McLaren Houston or McLaren Dallas to learn more on your available options.