Perhaps McLaren took inspiration from Ferrari and the Monza SP1 and SP2 in designing the Elva, as both manufacturers now offer their own versions of the supercharger.
McLaren may claim to have been inspired by the legendary M1A, M1B and M1C of the 1960s, but it’s impossible not to associate Elva with the Ferrari Monza SP1 and the impressive Monza SP2. Speedsters share perhaps a rare configuration in the automotive industry, they are fast. The definition of speedster is the epitome of sport and extreme stance. These are cars without a roof or windshield. They are known to be the most extreme cars that a driving enthusiast can find.
So McLaren arrives with this memory of the 1960s by creating and above all by formalizing the Elva name on a production car. You should know, Elva was the nickname for the very limited production M1A, M1B and M1C cars. Being McLaren, once again we set the pack in terms of design. Here, aesthetics meets function. The designers update the familiar look of the front lighting units. However, engineers come up with interesting inventions. From the “hood”, the air intake directs the air flow in front of the occupants. Since there is no windshield, the passenger is technically clear, not in this case. With AAMS (Active Air Management System), an air dome is created above the cabinet that makes the living space quieter. However, McLaren does not say at what speed the “Bubble of stability” is formed! Fortunately, for those who want it, McLaren offers a smaller, more functional mirror as an option, but certainly against the spirit of the Elva.
Technically, McLaren remains in familiar territory with the use of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. In the speedster, it develops no less than 804 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. As usual, it gets a dual-clutch automatic transmission with 7 gears. The Elva is billed as one of the lightest cars in McLaren’s history. So, and for all her power, Elva is slow. According to the company, it completes 0-100 km / h in less than 3 seconds and reaches double speed in just 6.7 seconds.
Andy Palmer (not the Aston Martin one!), current director of the Ultimate Series comments on the Elva: “The Elva really is a roadster. It’s a pleasure to drive while providing a unique experience between car, driver and things.
With its special character, we think that Elva is not part of the usual McLaren product line. Only 399 units will be produced. At opening, a price of US $ 1,650,000 is requested. Unfortunately, buyers will have to wait until the end of 2020 before they see their English speedster arrive.
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