Named after Albert Drive, which is where the McLaren F1 was designed and built in Woking, England.
McLaren Beverly Hills commissioned a very special example of the McLaren Speedtail and we are finally seeing it as a completed hypercar. Named ‘Albert’, this one-of-a-kind Speedtail was given a completely bespoke treatment courtesy of McLaren Special Operations (MSO). The unique design found Albert was all done with purpose as it was inspired by the first attribute testing prototype Speedtail, which was also named ‘Albert’. McLaren also named their 1992 F1 test mules Albert, a name that comes from their Albert Drive location in Woking, England where the original three-seater supercars were built.
As you can see from the exterior, ‘Albert’ features very precise lines that mimic the airflow over the body which is similar to the 2018 vinyl camo wrap found on the original ‘Albert’ prototype. In order to create this visual, MSO had their work cut out for them. McLaren notes that ‘Albert’ spent 12 weeks at MSO post-build so that the intricate designs could be created and implemented. That includes two weeks worth of masking, six weeks of painting, and even more weeks for drying and reassembling. In total, just about two kilometers of fine tape was used to complete the design layout.
Another interesting tidbit regarding the exterior of the ‘Albert’ Speedtail is the actual colors used for the exterior, Magnesium Silver and Ueno Grey. The Magnesium Silver paint was seen on the original McLaren F1 road car that was debuted at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, while Ueno Grey was the color of the F1 GTR that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.
McLaren Beverly Hills will be debuting the ‘Albert’ Speedtail at the Sunset GT event posted by O’Gara Beverly Hills on August 8th, 2021.
Source: McLaren Automotive