McLaren Special Operations, the bespoke division of McLaren Automotive, created 25 special edition MSO Carbon Series LT convertibles– all already sold. Based on the 675LT Spider, the Carbon Series LT has been produced in response to requests from McLaren customers captivated by the visual carbon fiber bodied McLaren P1™ displayed recently at the International Geneva Motor Show.
Staying true to the ‘Longtail’ ethos, established by the McLaren F1 in the late 1990s, the MSO Carbon Series LT has been developed with a focus on light weight and optimized aerodynamic performance.
Applying gloss carbon fiber 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. In total, the MSO Carbon Series LT features around 40% additional carbon fiber parts over the standard car.
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 body-side lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake are all carbon fiber 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 fiber 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.
Under the gloss carbon fiber skin of the MSO Carbon Series LT sits the heavily-revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powertrain with 666 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque between 5,000-6,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes just 2.9 seconds and top speed is 203 mph. Controlled torque delivery in first gear manages torque to an impressive 443lb ft to ensure maximum acceleration, and minimized wheel slip.
More than 50 percent of the powertrain components were replaced to ensure optimized levels of power, torque and drivability. These include 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.
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.
Production of the MSO Carbon Series LT begins this fall with first deliveries expected before the end of 2016.