Pay respect and take a look at McLaren's latest car, the Elva. The Elva picks up where its ancestors left off. The Elva's ancestors date back to the 1960s with the M1A, the M1B, and the M1C. McLaren's latest Ultimate Series shares a lot with the original Elvas' from the 60s, as both share a lightweight, open-roof, mid-engined design.
The Elva puts out some truly astonishing figures, but this shouldn't surprise you as this is still a McLaren. The Elva boasts a 4 liter twin-turbocharged 8 cylinder that puts out a ridiculous 804 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This translates to a speed of under 3 seconds, but no specific numbers have been provided to us yet. As you might have noticed, the Elva comes out of the factory without a windshield, which saves weight; a common theme in this new hypercar. All of this weight-saving translates to a car lighter than the Senna, which weighs 3,029 pounds. McLaren says it will be the lightest car Mclaren Automotive has ever made. The Elva, somehow road-legal, comes out of the factory without a windshield, which is simply fascinating, considering the Elva starts at 1.69 million dollars. Only 399 units of these will be made for the whole world. It's awesome that it is even an option to pay 1.69 million dollars and not even get a windshield, but here we are.
If you could care less on how the air-deflector works (or anything slightly specific for that matter), read no further, you'll be bored out of your mind.
What's up with the windshield?
Alright, so here's the thing about the windshield: there isn't one! So that also means that there isn't a roof. This presents a bit of a dilemma, and here's why: the Elva is made in the UK, and it's constantly raining in the UK. As a matter of fact, it rains for 156 days on average per year, which means that, theoretically, you can't drive your $1.69 million car for half the year. Ironic isn't it.
In order to allow the Elva to be drivable, McLaren had to think out of the box for something that replaces the windshield, and they did exactly that. McLaren uses a special system called the Active Air Management System, or AAMS. What this does is it uses "two sculpted elements" (very descriptive, I know) in order to guide air over the cabin, allowing the driving experience to be much better. Not only does this allow for a turbulence-free drive, but it also allows for a one of a kind experience.
An F1 car for the road
McLaren says that F1 was a big influence on the Elva, and tell you what, I believe them! The design of the Elva was built with the concept of F1 aerodynamics, as you can clearly tell from the mind-boggling side view of the McLaren above. Another inspiration from F1 is that essentially everything you can think of is made up of carbon fiber. The seats, the active spoiler, the entire exterior of the car, literally, is carbon fiber. But perhaps the most surprising, and my personal favorite feature of the Elva, is an auto DRS mode that cuts drag and boosts acceleration. That has got to be one of the best features in the auto industry.
Yet again, McLaren delivered another astonishing car, but this has got to be their craziest yet. What do you think of the new Elva, do you love it, or do you think it's ugly? Let me know in the poll and in the comments below!