McLaren 650S Le Mans celebrates F1 GTR’s dominant 1995 victory


McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has launched the limited edition 650S Le Mans. This model is created to celebrate 20 years of the historic and dominant winning of 1995 Le Mans by the iconic F1 GTR. A total of nine models were built by the factory, out of which eight were raced and five crossed the finish line in 1st,3rd,4th,5th and 13th positions. Only 50 examples of the 650S Le Mans will be built, all of them in coupe body style.

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Several features of the originals design can be seen here. Most noteworthy being the roof mounted ‘Snorkel’ intake

The design of this limited edition incorporates some styling cues from the ’95 race winner and is done in consultation with Peter Stevens, the famed designer of the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Several design elements can be seen on the body which hark back to the original, like the louvres on the front wings, special ‘Le Mans edition’ lightweight wheels and most notably – the ‘snorkel’ air intake mounted on the roof. 19-inch wheels at the front and 20-inch wheels at the rear are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. Braking is done through carbon ceramic discs at all four corners with McLaren Orange painted calipers clamping down on them. A metallic Sarthe Grey body colour is seen adorning the Le Mans edition, this colour is chosen as a means of paying homage to the race-winning F1 GTR.

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The metallic Grey colour reminds the ‘informed one’ of the Le Mans winning F1 GTR

A 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 will power the 650S Le Mans edition as well, with power figures being same as the standard model. This means that the limited edition boasts of 641 bhp of maximum power and 678 Nm of peak torque output, enabling the car to reach a top speed of 207 mph (333 kmph) and completing the 0-100 kmph dash in a skimpy time of three seconds.

The interior clearly spells out what this car is about. The sport seats are covered in black leather with the central portion getting a dose of Alcantara in McLaren Orange. The headrests and the floor mats are embossed with the Le Mans logo in another mark of respect for the occasion.

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The interior has the Le Mans logo at different places, clearly stating the car’s distinctive character

This is what Stevens had to say about the 650S Le Mans – “With a mix of subtle design traits, the 650S Le Mans adds a modern twist by blending the iconic lines of the McLaren F1, and heritage features such as the wing louvres and the roof-mounted air intake, with groundbreaking technologies. It is a fantastic homage to that original design, and to the incredible race result achieved by the team in 1995 at one of the most difficult, and most challenging races in the world.”

This one-off edition is available globally with an asking price of 244,500 pounds. Deliveries are scheduled to begin by the middle of this year

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