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.
Last week, CEO Mike Flewitt announced a new member of the McLaren Ultimate Series family: an open cockpit roadster that yes, we are already ready to test drive.
We don’t know too much about this reveal, but from what’s been shared McLaren is clearly continuing their mission to create the ultimate driving machine- and this new roadster offers the purest driving experience to date.
Their last few releases included the McLaren Senna, the 600LT and 600LT Coupe, and the New Grand Tourer, all of which have caused waves in the supercar community. Earlier this year Park Place told the story of McLaren enthusiast and owner, Josh Snowhorn, as he took delivery of his barely-street legal McLaren Senna- a sibling in the Ultimate Series. As we sit eagerly awaiting his track-ready creation, this ultimate roadster is now top of mind as McLaren hasn’t released full details yet.
What We Know:
McLaren’s Ultimate Roadster is set to debut in 2020
the new ultimate series model is still unnamed
the design will be distinct from its siblings, the Senna and Speedtail
production is limited to 399
two-seater with low-profile dihedral doors
this roadster will sport the lowest kerb weight of any McLaren road car
performance guaranteed by the same twin-turbo V* engine in the Senna
One things for sure and Mike Flewitt said it best “At McLaren Automotive we are consistently pushing the boundaries to deliver the purest and most engaging driving experience whether for the road or track.”
So the next thing to do is sit back, relax, and begin to configure your dream superseries roadster until it’s official reveal in 2020. Until then, stay tuned to McLaren Dallas and McLaren Houston for more information.
What a difference a year makes for McLaren. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the high-performance brand announced their Track25 business plan in which McLaren set goals to invest nearly $1.5 billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.
During this year’s Goodwood Hill event on July 4th, the GT participated in supercar hill climb runs with fellow McLaren models including the 720S Spider, 600LT Spider, P1TM, Senna, and Senna GTR. The 600LT, 720S Spider, Senna GTR and GT were also the first four Track25 models to be released.
The McLaren of Grand Tourers is a superlight supercar supported by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine. The GT accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and can provide a grand tour for two individuals.
Not only does the McLaren provide a super ride, but also super comfort with a variety of trim options, unique seating stylings, and ambiance enhancements.
For details on the new McLaren GT, contact your McLaren Dallas or McLaren Houston dealers.
Draped on the lush green lawn of the Dallas Arboretum with White Rock Lake sparkling in the background, the setting for North America’s first look at the new McLaren GT was serene. But, while larger and more civilized than its performance-priority predecessors, this Grand Tourer is far from reserved.
As the sun slowly began its descent, several hundred guests gathered on the lawn of the Camp House, where McLaren Dallas had the covered GT ready for its debut. Park Place Premier Collection General Manager Heath Strayhan and McLaren North America Vice President of Marketing and Communications Andy Thomas welcomed guests and set the stage for an engaging video of the groundbreaking new tourer. As soon as the drape was pulled back to reveal the golden GT, the crowd surged forward for a closer look.
Starting at $210,000 the McLaren GT is the lightest, quickest accelerating car in its class. Combining competitive performance with spacious comfort, the GT is a radical take on the Grand Tourer. Bucking tradition, this mid-engine GT is built around a lightweight carbon fiber chassis. So, unlike conventional Grand Tourers, it isn’t heavy or cumbersome. In fact, it handles like a true McLaren.
With a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 providing 612 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, this beautiful beast will propel you from 0-to-60 mph in just over three seconds while reaching a top speed of more than 200 mph. Yet it has more cargo space than many sedans. Totaling 20.1 cubic feet of space, 14.8 cu. ft. is located under a rear glass hatch on a shelf above the engine bay. It’s large enough to accommodate a golf bag or two pairs of skis and boots. There’s another compartment under the hood in front that will fit a gym bag or overnight bag. That’s more cargo space than many sedans.
Inside the cabin, the seats are raised for easier entry and exit. The interior breathes luxury and comfort. A seven-inch touchscreen is located within easy reach of the driver with sophisticated graphics that were inspired by private jets rather than the automotive world. The whole experience is designed to feel as intuitive as a tablet or smartphone. Satellite navigation, Bluetooth, media streaming and digital radio are at the driver’s fingertips as is a selection of ambient lighting, dual zone climate control and vehicle settings.
Meanwhile, back at the Arboretum, guests enjoyed a selection of wines by J Winery & Vineyards. Mixologists also created a special McLaren GTrita with Milagro Tequila, blood orange juice, fresh lime juice, Agave Nectar and a hint of vanilla. Steel City Pops refreshed guests with delicious, customizable frozen treats. III Forks and Cantina Laredo served a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres and savory street tacos.
Inside the Camp House guests registered to win a Track Level 3 – Advanced Level Pure McLaren Experience, including overnight accommodations; one-on-one tutoring by a McLaren driver/coach; a half-day of classroom instruction; a guided track walk; five, 20-minute track sessions in either a McLaren 600LT or 720S; video analysis/telemetry sessions; VIP hospitality including lunch and refreshments throughout the day, plus dinner with McLaren drivers and guests.
McLaren Dallas is part of Park Place Dealership’s Premier Collection, located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue near Love Field.
Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com
Earlier this year, Park Place made a splash delivering a McLaren Senna (valued at over $1 million) to Josh Snowhorn, long-time McLaren advocate and member of the Park Place family. But his story extends far past this one delivery, and in fact, the brand-new Senna is not a culmination point- but rather, another exceptional pit-stop on his automotive journey.
It all began when Josh was born- literally. “I was born into cars,” says Snowhorn. “In 1970 my Dad picked me up from the hospital in an Aston-Martin DB5 Vantage – the James Bond car. My first car was a ‘bass boat blue’ Karmann Ghia with a white convertible top.”
After that “good first car”, his McLaren legacy began with a friend who was visiting Dallas for a conference. “I had already been in his car and had that lust for it. He said let’s go down to the dealership and take a test drive.” Sure enough, after his test drive he was hooked- or rather, ruined, and he bought his first 12C.
Josh’s unique story continues- looking for the latest and greatest from McLaren to take to the COTA (Circuit of the Americas) track, and experience the McLaren brand the way it was intended: with passion and excitement- on the road and on the track. So what’s the next chapter in this supercar saga? I guess we’ll have to stay tuned for more high-performance adventures to come.
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Escapes to Margaritaville
With a playful theme of “Escape to Margaritaville,” fans filled the Hilton Anatole ballroom May 5th looking for rare treasures, unbridled laughter and fun encounters with their favorite players and coaches at the sold-out 2019 Park Place Dealerships – Texas Rangers Triple Play Game Show Spectacular. And the Rangers hit a grand slam!
“The Park Place Dealerships – Texas Rangers Triple Play has always been our largest fundraising event and this year’s total made a record $770,000,” said Karin Morris, executive director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. “The funds raised at this event directly impact our programming and partnerships. Since last year’s event, we have welcomed more than 25,000 kids to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota.”
The annual event featured Texas Rangers players, coaches, broadcasters, and alumni. Fans enjoyed unparalleled access to their favorite Rangers for autographs, photos and lively baseball conversations with a player, coach, former Rangers player or staff member seated at their table.
“This is the 15th year Park Place has been involved in this event and every year it surpasses our expectations,” said Jordan Case, Park Place Dealerships president. “Supporting the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation ensures children throughout North Texas will have opportunities to succeed through scholarships, new training facilities, and programs. Together, we are making our community stronger.”
The live and silent auctions raised more than $225,000, also a record. The highest amount in the live auction was a $31,000 bid for a trip on a private jet with Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez to see the Rangers play against the Angels in Anaheim. The amount was doubled when the Rangers agreed to allow both of the two top bidders to take the trip for a total of $62,000 for the dream trip.
Other notable experiences included a roadtrip to Boston to see the Rangers play the Red Sox that included transportation on the team plane and dining with Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley; a trip to the Dominican Republic for a tour of the Rangers’ new Baseball Academy; private hitting and pitching lessons with current Rangers players, and many other exclusive experiences. Memorabilia from the worlds of sports and entertainment included a license plate signed by the stars of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;” a framed photo autographed by legendary players Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio; an autographed seat back from the original Texas Stadium; a photo signed by the cast of “The Sandlot;” and countless signed jerseys and equipment from a wide range of sports.
Fans and players competed against each other in a spirited game of Heads or Tails. Tim Willett, auctioneer, would flip a coin and contestants placed their hands on either their head or derriere. If the coin landed on tails, all those with hands on their heads would sit down.
Contestants were eliminated round by round until only two people were left on stage. Willett tossed the coin for one final flip, and Leta Farnsworth won tickets to the Paul McCartney and Billy Joel concerts later this year at Globe Life Park.
The highlight of the evening is always when the players compete in a pair of game shows. The entertainment began with a new game: Heads Up, where a player holds a card up to their forehead with a word or name written on it. Their teammates then give them clues to try to guess the answer. Rangers pitchers Jesse Chavez and Chris Martin were teamed up with catcher Jeff Mathis to battle Rangers’ bullpen coach Oscar Marin and pitchers Shelby Miller and Drew Smyly. The resulting antics were hilarious as players stammered and shouted answers under pressure as they tried to beat the clock. Jesse Chavez was holding a card with “Kanye West” on it and his teammates prompted him with, “Kim Kardashian’s husband!” To which Chavez replied, “Chloe?” The audience erupted in laughter.
The Rangers’ rookies never fail to entertain. Kyle Dowdy, Brett Martin, Adrian Sampson and Ariel Jurado performed a hysterical skit to “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Don’t worry. They won’t be taking this show on the road any time soon. But it certainly made for some memorable moments.
If you think the Rangers are competitive on the field, imagine what happens when the infielders match wits with the outfielders in Fielders Feud, a popular spinoff of the popular Family Feud TV game show. Players tried to guess the top answers given by 100 Rangers fans in a survey taken at Globe Life Park. Both teams were stumped when it came time to guess the fans’ responses to the question, “What are your favorite memories from Globe Life Park?”
Players were able to match answers such as “Beltre’s 3000th hit” and “Striking out A-Rod in the ALCS.” But the crowd let out a gasp when “Rougie’s Punch” was not one of the top answers.
“The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation was recognized last year with the Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence for our Richard Greene Scholars program,” concluded Karin Morris. “As part of this recognition, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will receive a $10,000 grant from Major League Baseball Charities.”
Named after the former Mayor of Arlington who led the campaign to keep the Rangers in Arlington and construct Globe Life Park, the Richard Greene Scholars program provides a $10,000 scholarship every year to a student at each of the Arlington ISD high schools. During the recipient’s senior year, he/she rotates through an internship every six weeks at different community service and local government entities.
Now in its 22nd year of operation, the Richard Greene Scholars program has provided more than $1.2 million in college scholarships to Arlington high school students. In addition to financial aid, the program has become a cornerstone leadership development program by engaging recipients with local civic and business communities, including Arlington ISD, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and the Rangers Baseball Foundation, and several other civic partners.
Since its inception in 1991, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation has invested more than $30 million in our community to help children through support of programs including the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota; youth fitness and wellness programs like the just keep livin programs; scholarships and summer programming for children in challenging circumstances.
Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.
Were rules meant to be broken? The automotive community will find out soon as McLaren reveals the new rules of Grand Touring beginning this May.
The new rules of McLaren Grand Touring will have its disguise unveiled, which will also launch the secret vehicle into the closing evaluation stages. The model has been battle-tested through hot and cold climates across thousands of miles worldwide. The Grand Touring has already proven to cover long distances in supreme comfort and will continue to run tests to further validate McLaren’s claims of endurance and power.
Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO, promised that the McLaren of Grand Tourers will combine competition levels of performance from a twin-turbo V8 engine with continent-crossing capability and a level of agility never experienced before in the luxury Grand Tourer segment. The model also promises to be a unique, tailored model and the only Grand Tourer to share its DNA with a Hyper-GT.
This will be the fourth McLaren to be revealed under the company’s Track25 business plan. Under the Track25 strategy, 18 new models and derivatives will be launched by 2025. The goal is to have 6,000 mid-engined sportscars and supercars produced per year by the middle of next decade.
Track25 was updated back in July 2018 is a plan extension of Track22 that was first launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. A clear roadmap for future vehicles, production, and technology will allow McLaren to set their foot as a major global force in the sportscar and supercar market.
The North American unveiling of the New McLaren GT will take place mid May in Dallas Texas. Stay tuned for more details and first impressions.
Bespoke. Custom. Options. Specifications. Configurations. Whatever you want to call it, personalizing one’s auto during the vehicle purchase is the name of the modern ultra-luxury purchase experience. Now enhanced with video game technology, McLaren Supercar Configurators put the power in the hands of the consumer, taking their model and making YOUR ideal supercar.
McLaren has transformed what has previously been viewed as a “standard process” into an art form enhanced to be even more realistic for the singular production super cars. From Speedtail Exclusivity and MARC Configuration, to the array of in-dealer options to experience, your McLaren could potentially be made up of everything you like. No Compromises.
This real-time configurator takes video game technology to create “unprecedented levels of realism,” according to McLaren Automotive. Like most ordered goods, sometimes visualizing what the end product will really look like is difficult. That’s, in part, why the in-dealership/in-person experience is still very much relevant to auto contenders. You have experts guiding you and top-technology showing you.
MARC stands for the McLaren Automotive Real-Time Configurator. It helps customers for some of their most recent releases including the Senna and 600LT, visualize their vehicle in an almost-realistic way before delivery, ensuring they are 100% happy with their choices prior to ownership. MARC uses ultra photo-realistic detail and its a mark of McLaren’s digital pioneering spirit.
Though a measure of the clear technological success of the brand, MARC brought a couple of challenges with it.
‘Usually in a computer game when you represent a surface you represent a reflection on that surface in one way, but with clear coated carbon fibre the light reflects off the carbon fibre layer differently to the clear coat layer, almost like two reflections,’ says Doug Wolff, Partner Technology Manager at Unreal Engine Enterprise.
A bespoke client can still begin the process online choosing from different specifications on any of the McLaren Line Up. MARC then extends that level of detail from just paint color, wheel design, and trim to customizing your brake calipers, seatbelts, or a variation of a carbon fiber upgrade. Clients can see how they work together in amazing detail to ensure that their 1/1000 permutation is exactly what they envisioned for their supercar moment.
Speedtail Car Configurator
Road and Track recently were invited to take this specific configurator, only available to the 100 or so people who have purchased the new speedtail, for a spin. We’ve linked their full review here, but in short, the experience is “what dreams are made of.”
So are you ready to configure your supercar? Contact McLaren Dallas to learn more about our current in-dealership configuration experiences.
Park Place Dealerships revealed its new mobile pop up at the 2019 DFW Auto Show this past March. The Mobile Experience Unit will be used across DFW at events throughout North Texas to bring the Park Place brand directly to the automotive enthusiast.
“The mobile pop up gives us the opportunity to expand the presence of our brand beyond the parameters of the dealership,” said Dave Evans, Chief Marketing Officer at Park Place Dealerships. “Experiences play a huge role with customers today and are the main drivers of customer engagement. We believe the mobile pop up allows us to engage with the consumer wherever we want to take it.”
During the DFW Auto Show, the pop up will be onsite to deliver an inclusionary experience for everyone who stops to visit the Park Place area. The mobile unit has already provided innovative experiences for clients at both the 2018 Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase and at the COTA track.
Park Place continues to be an innovator in the automotive space by developing unique offerings to expose current and potential clients to the brands. In the past year, Park Place introduced and expanded Park Place Select, an automotive subscription service.
“As a company, we must be in tune with where our clients spend their time and how they use their vehicles,” remarked Evans. “Our client’s transportation needs are as diverse as they are, and range from attending festivals and sporting events to shuttling friends and family to racing their cars, or simply enjoying life. We expect the mobile pop up will help us deliver an unparalleled, client-focused experience.”
Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.
The McLaren 720S Spider was the guest of honor which Road & Track says the is “practically the perfect supercar.”
But it is clearly more than just a supercar. It is really a tale of two cars. Admittedly, it’s an incredibly fast supercar with phenomenal driver engagement. Slip it into “Sport” or “Track” mode, and hold on tight! But select “Comfort” mode and the 720S Spider transforms into a surprisingly comfortable daily driver.
“McLaren’s deployment of generous innovations like this should rattle rivals five times its age, such as Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini, and move the nine-year-old company in Woking, England, beyond its track-car roots,” proclaimed Bloomberg.
Starting at $306,000
Starting at $306,000, the 720S Spider shares the same twin-turbocharged 710-horsepower 4.0 Liter V-8 engine as its coupe predecessor. They also share the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. But while the retractable roof adds a little more than 100 pounds to the Spider, it can still match the coupe in rocketing from 0-to-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, harnessing 568 pound-feet of torque for a top speed of 212 mph (202 mph if the top is down.) McLaren clocked the Spider one-tenth of a second slower through the quarter-mile than the coupe. But you might just be willing to sacrifice the tenth of a second for the wow factor of a retractable hardtop that silently and smoothly opens or closes in only 11 seconds. For a few dollars more (okay, more like $10,000 more) you can even get an electrochromic glass roof that goes from clear to dark tint at the touch of a button.
If cost is no barrier, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) bespoke division offers virtually unlimited customization. McLaren can create cars around an owner’s precise tastes and provide everything from bespoke customization options to building ultra-exclusive limited-edition or one-off models. The mission is to make what is already special into something truly unique to create the perfect McLaren for the owner.
McLaren Dallas, located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue, is part of the Park Place Premier Collection, which also includes Maserati Dallas, Bentley Dallas and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas.
Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.