McLaren Names First Speedtail Prototype 'Albert'
By Phil Bradley
Now that the long awaited Speedtail has been unveiled, and we've all got over it's very different styling and design, McLaren can now set about testing it on the public roads without worrying about it being spotted by the media! The British manufacturer can now start track tests, durability testing and road trials.
Leading the test programme is this Speedtail test mule, which McLaren have named 'Albert'. It's not just a random name either, Albert Drive was one of the test mules used for the McLaren F1. Albert has a 720S-style front end, but McLaren state that the car has a production specification chassis and a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain. The car also uses the unique three-seat cockpit.
Tests will start with private track sessions in the Albert, or MVY02 mule. McLaren have stated that road trials will begin in December, so expect to start this thing out on the street!