Twenty years ago, the McLaren F1 GTR claimed first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, proving that the English automaker had created the ultimate supercar. Now, McLaren Automotive is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the win by creating the 650S Le Mans.
Unveiled in a press release issued today, the McLaren 650S Le Mans has design elements and styling modeled after the race-winning F1 GTR. In fact, the car was designed through MSO with consultation from Peter Stevens, the designer of the McLaren F1. The 650S borrows a number of styling queues from the F1 GTR, including the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake. Other additions are the unique ‘Le Mans Edition’ lightweight wheels, front louvres, visible carbon fiber, MSO rear diffuser, metallic Sarthe Grey finish and much more.
“With a mix of subtle design traits, the 650S Le Mans adds a modern twist by blending the iconic lines of the McLaren F1, and heritage features such as the wing louvres and the roof-mounted air intake, with groundbreaking technologies,” says Stevens in the press release. “It is a fantastic homage to that original design, and to the incredible race result achieved by the team in 1995 at one of the most difficult, and most challenging races in the world.”
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Only 50 examples in Coupe form of the McLaren 650S Le Mans will be available globally, with a price tag of £244,500 (approx. $371,000 USD). Deliveries will start in mid-2015.