The McLaren Speedtail is a limited-production hybrid hypercar, and is the fourth addition in the McLaren Ultimate Series, after the Senna, P1, and F1.
- Text originally from the McLaren Speedtail's Wikipedia page.
The Speedtail is powered by a modified M840T from the 720S and a hybrid powertrain to generate 1,036 hp (773 kW; 1,050 PS). The Speedtail uses a carbon fibre monocoque, with the passenger seats integrated into the chassis, as well as dihedral doors like other McLaren models.
The company claims that the Speedtail has a top speed of 402.3 km/h (250 mph) and can accelerate from 0–299 km/h (0–186 mph) in 12.8 seconds.
Testing was done in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. The shuttle landing runway was used for the tests. It also tested in tracks in Germany, Spain and Italy.
In November 2018, McLaren planned to build 106 examples of the Speedtail, all of which have already been sold, at an MSRP of around £2.1 million. Due in part to its use of cameras in lieu of side mirrors and no side-mounted airbags, the Speedtail is not street legal in the United States, even though around 35% of the total cars were bought by American buyers. A spokeswoman for the company stated that the car may be legal, pending approval by NHTSA, to be imported into the U.S. under the “Show or Display” law, which exempts cars that are “historically or technologically significant" from NHTSA safety standards but requires that owners not drive the vehicle more than 2,500 miles in a 12-month period. McLaren has made it clear that they will not offer assistance with importing or registering the Speedtail in the U.S.
Production of the McLaren Speedtail commenced in the United Kingdom after high-speed testing was completed by December 2019. The prototype XP2 version had "reached its terminal velocity more than 30 times," topping out at 250 mph (403 km/h), and able to go from a standstill to 186 mph (300km/h) in less than 13 seconds. The first deliveries, 106 cars, were slated for February 2020 to Woking, England.
The McLaren Speedtail was added in the British Season Update as a mid Class S car with the following rank statistics:
- Stock rank: 3,402 ( 85)
- rank: 3,559
- rank: 3,741 ( 25)
- rank: 3,937 ( 29)
- rank: 4,138 ( 38)
- rank: 4,372 ( 54)
- rank: 4,593 ( 69)
At stock, the Speedtail has similar stats to the W Motors Lykan HyperSport, but with slightly worse acceleration. At MAX, it is much better than the Lykan, but is only a mid Class S car. Its closest competitors are the Zenvo TS1 GT Anniversary and Pininfarina Battista, which have similar performance.
Due to its extended 'tail', the Speedtail is quite unstable and will often glitch or wreck upon landing or when wallriding. Therefore, it is not a particularly good choice for multiplayer. Additionally, blueprints are very hard to obtain outside of its special event, so the player will most likely have it at 1, where its performance is not very good.
- Main article: McLaren Speedtail (Special Event)
The Speedtail's blueprints can only be acquired in its own Special Event available between September 18 - October 23, 2020.
The McLaren Speedtail was added in the 2021 Spring Update as a high Class S car with the following rank statistics:
As a Festival car, the Speedtail has very poor performance in respect to its rank until it reaches the full-PRO upgrade level.
Price & availability
The McLaren Speedtail is obtainable by reaching Tier 1 with the Premium upgrade in its Festival. Upgrades require 220 kit cards and 3,720,000.
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