McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, has announced the creation of the MSO Carbon Series LT.

Strictly limited to just 25 units globally and based on the 675LT Spider, the Carbon Series LT has been produced in response to requests from McLaren customers that liked the visual carbon fibre bodied McLaren P1 displayed at the International Geneva Motor Show back in March.

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Sticking with the ‘Longtail’ spirit the MSO Carbon Series LT has been developed with a focus on light weight and optimised aerodynamic performance. Applying gloss carbon fibre to the entire body of the car further extends its appeal to bring a brutal beauty to the existing 675LT Spider body, showcasing the skills of the McLaren bespoke division.

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As with the 675LT Spider, the front bumper with larger splitter and end plates, front under body, side skirts, side intakes, lower side intakes, rear bodyside lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake are all carbon fibre but with a gloss finish revealing the inherent weave of the material. In addition, the MSO Carbon Series LT is fitted with a gloss finished carbon fibre electrically retractable roof and tonneau, A-pillars, bonnet and rear deck, side blades, complete front and rear wings, and even fuel filler flap. The McLaren Track Telemetry pack, which includes three track cameras, is fitted as standard equipment. The front wings also feature GT3-inspired functional louvres.

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McLaren P1 MSO Geneva Show Car

In total, the MSO Carbon Series LT features around 40 percent additional carbon fibre parts over the standard car, requiring significant additional development work by the MSO craftsmen. Because of this customers that have already ordered a”standard” 675LT Spider won’t be able to retro-fit the gloss carbon fibre body to their cars. The 25 MSO 675LT Spiders supplement the previously announced 500 editions of the standard car that sold out in weeks after the car’s debut at the end of 2015.

McLaren P1 MSO Carbon Fibre Bonnet
McLaren P1 MSO Carbon Fibre Bonnet

The MSO Carbon Series LT is only the third model to wear the LT badge. The first, the 675LT Coupé, arrived last year resurrecting the ‘Longtail’ name after nearly 20 years. The 675LT Coupé focused on light weight, enhanced aerodynamics, increased power and track-focused dynamics, and this limited-run model quickly sold out before the first deliveries commenced. Sharing these key characteristics, McLaren Automotive added the most focused, fastest and exhilarating open top model to ever wear a McLaren badge with the 675LT Spider, further strengthening the ‘LT’ brand.

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McLaren 675 LT Coupé

Under the gloss carbon fibre skin of the MSO Carbon Series LT sits the same 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 power-train from the 675LT Coupé. Power is still a devilishly hot 666bhp with 516lb ft of torque. The engine itself has been fitted with new, more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.

Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 2.9 seconds, and 200 km/h (124 mph) is achieved in 8.1 seconds – giving away only 0.2 seconds to the more aerodynamically optimised and lighter Coupé.  Top speed is 326 km/h (203 mph).

Production of the MSO Carbon Series LT begins this autumn with first deliveries expected before the end of 2016.

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07-06-2016