McLaren Automotive recently revealed its new Ultimate Series roadster, the McLaren Elva. As the brand’s first open-cockpit road car, the Elva adds a new dimension to the range-topping Ultimate Series lineage. Like its McLaren P1TM, McLaren Senna and Speedtail predecessors, volume of the new McLaren Elva will be strictly limited: just 399 are being offered for customer order.
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 sports cars embodied many of the pioneering design and engineering principles that are integral to the McLaren road cars produced today.
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. A portfolio of bespoke interior materials will be available for the new McLaren Elva, allowing customers to personalize their car according to its intended use. Additional personalization options available through McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke division of McLaren, include interior color choices for the Ultrafabric and leathers; virtually limitless exterior paint colors and almost anything else between a delicate pin-stripe on the wheels and a blended full-body ‘contour’ or ‘velocity’ finish that mixes multiple colors across the length of the vehicle. Any selection is individually hand-painted by MSO’s highly experienced craftspeople. The new Ultimate Series McLaren is priced from $1,690.000, the final specification is determined by customer choice, with infinite possibilities in terms of personalization by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to ensure each Elva is unique. Such braking performance is essential because of the performance delivered by the 804bhp, 590ft-lb 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 that powers the Elva, the performance is breathtaking: 0-62mph is reached in less than three seconds, while the McLaren Elva is quicker New Fiat than the McLaren Senna to 124mph at just 6.7 seconds