McLaren 720S Le Mans Celebrates Race Win With Throwback Styling
McLaren may be known for its modern supercars like the Senna and the Speedtail, but the brand has built its reputation on racing. In fact, a McLaren F1 GTR (itself based on the stellar F1 supercar) won a surprise victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the company decided to commemorate the occasion with a special edition 720S.
The 720S Le Mans recalls this F1 GTR race winner, driven by Yannick Dalmas, JJ Lehto and Masanori Sekiya, with a number of retro style accents. Most evident is a heritage-inspired color palette – Sarthe Gray with a shiny black roof and body components and Ueno Gray underbody accents – which closely reflects Le Mans F1. Instead of Sarthe Gray, potential owners can also choose McLaren Orange, a sinister pumpkin color reminiscent of a number of special McLaren models from history.
One of the most elegant elements of the Le Mans 720S is its incredible set of LM-style wheels back, respecting those of the # 59 F1 GTR with the “Le Mans” engraving. In addition, the special edition also receives a roof scoop, one of the most recognizable body features in F1, which channels air to provide more cooling to the engine. The louvered front fenders reduce lift and improve handling at high speeds. Carbon fiber racing seats with McLaren Orange or Dove Gray accents complete the package, making Le Mans a Mclaren 720S particularly suited to circuits.
For those for whom the special edition is not special enough, the full range of McLaren options from MSO Defined and MSO Bespoke will be available. Among these optional accessories, there is a titanium harness bar and six-point racing harnesses, making the 720S Le Mans an even more faithful tribute to its ancestor.
The limited-production McLaren will be available in Europe, priced in the UK from GBP 254,000 (USD 318,830, at current exchange rates). The McLaren 720S Le Mans will be limited to 50 units.