Recently McLaren Automotive has unveiled its new Roadster from the line of Ultimate Series – McLaren Elva (2021)we could not (and not intended) to avoid.
Elva is the first road car brand with an open cockpit and continues the line of sports cars of the Ultimate Series, which already had P1TM, Senna and Speedtail. And as You know, or guessed, the circulation of models of this series is limited, and the new model is no exception. McLaren Elva will be released strictly in the amount of 399 pieces. On the circulation and the essence of a sports car influenced by the famous model M1A, developed by Bruce McLaren and MLA McLaren-Elva [Mk I], M1B [Mk II] and M1C [Mk III] 1960-ies. Sport cars McLaren-Elva was created as a “custom” versions of innovative and exciting racing cars of the McLaren Group 7, therefore, embodies many new principles of design and construction that are also an integral part of creating the current road cars McLaren.
The design principles also entered appearance, which not just mimics the lack of a roof, like almost all convertibles of our time, with the exception of Ferrari SP1 and SP2, and completely detached from everything that was connected with it, exactly like in the race cars of the past. As a result, the model is missing not only the roof, but glass like the windshield and the side also so was removed all the racks. This made the design of the model even more unique, as all body lines flow smoothly into the interior, which is harmoniously reunited. Such a sleek design made to completely rethink the ergonomics of the cockpit. Thus, in salon You will not find a place to store or anything, even on the phone, except as a niche behind the seats, which is very impractical.
Then had to almost completely abandon buttons, leaving only 5, three of which is the transmission mode. In this regard, almost all the car is driven with touch 8-inch screen, the location of which also had to revise because of the same design. In the end, it’s pretty ridiculous just located in the center of the cabin, with a tilt towards the driver, as if sketching it just decided to leave somewhere around on the panel. However, such a location, the designers were able to beat, as his right side was able to safely fit the wheelthat helps in navigating menus exactly how it is implemented in the Apple Watch. This decision is also influenced by the fact that multimedia Elva made on a smartphone, so to manage all the systems will become even more familiar to us modern people.
The design is nice, but let’s move on to more serious things. As it turned out, to tell you about the technical data will not take long, after all, Elva uses the same 4.0-liter McLaren V8 twin-turbo, McLaren and Senna, and Senna GTR. It is equipped with a flat crankshaft, lubrication system with dry sump and light coupling camshafts, connecting rods and pistons that significantly reduce total weight. The use of this motor made Elva the lightest road car, McLaren Automotive in history. Meanwhile, 804 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed transmission that accelerates the car from standstill to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, and in the end makes it faster than the McLaren of Senna, because acceleration 0-200 km/h is only 6.7 seconds, which is 0.1 faster than Senna. On the technical side of the Elva you can also note the electro-hydraulic steering and a modern, fully active hydraulic suspension modes Comfort, Sport and Track.
But what is most interesting in the sports car, so it is an innovative system of active airflow control (AAMS), which, in fact, more focused on comfort while riding, rather than dynamic performance. This system starts with the intake on the front bumper. Included in-the air passes through the channel, which outputs it after only half a meter from the center of the hood at an angle of 130 degrees, which create an active carbon deflectors. The exhaust air raises the passing flow over the car by 150mm, thereby creating a low pressure zone, and relieves the passengers of a sports car from a terribly powerful stream in the face. Thanks to AAMS, the model was able to deprive the usual windshield, and in principle any use of glass and partitions in the car. Though there is one caveat to this effect, that is to say raising the flow drag above the cabin required a lot of speed. In this regard, AAMS is fully automatic, and opens the flap on the hood only after dialing the appropriate speed. Because before, in urban environments, so You will feel all the greatness of the wind, and it would have to wear a helmet. The system is quite interesting, but not really practical, although if really high speeds, Your head will be able to do something and not just be pressed down into the chair. But still, for most people, and we’re talking about customers, the system is simply allowed to make a sports car without a roof and glass – pretty, so to speak.
By the way about customers. Delivery of the model to their owners will start by the end of next year. The price tag, while the same fascinating as the sports car – from 1.425.000 pounds, including VAT in the UK. The final price depends on the specifications chosen by the customer, which includes endless customization options from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), including an almost unlimited colors, paintings and even icons in 18-carat white gold or platinum inlay.