The McLaren Speedtail reaches 250 mph at the Kennedy Space Center
But it hasn't taken off yet
The McLaren Speedtail is the future hypercar of the English brand. The car is still under development before it is commercialized in the near future. For the moment, the Speedtail is hitting the tarmac of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in order to reach its top speed. McLaren chief test driver Kenny Brack was behind the wheel.
The Speedtail was able to reach its top speed 30 times on the space shuttle landing strip at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. This speed is set at 250 mph and has also been recorded at other test runways around the world. Today, the production of the 106 cars began at the McLaren Production Center in Woking, UK. The first deliveries are scheduled for February 2020.
The Speedtail uses a lot of carbon fibre to improve its weight. Under the bonnet is a hybrid engine combining a 4.0 L V8 with an electric motor. The combination delivers a combined power output of 1,050 hp and 1,150 Nm of torque. The Speedtail does 0 to 300 km/h (0 to 186 mph) in 12.8 seconds. No official time has been given for 0 to 62 mph but the Speedtail should complete the exercise in just over two seconds.
According to McLaren, the Speedtail's battery has the best power-to-weight ratio in the automotive industry. In addition, the car is the most aerodynamic in the history of the brand. There are also camera mirrors as well as a three-seat cabin, with the driver's seat centered as in the iconic F1.