So the wait is over. This is the Elva and is McLaren’s first ever open-cockpit road car, inspired by earlier race cars from Bruce McLaren’s M1 line of racers.
The Elva is basically a roofless version of the insane Senna, sharing a lot of the same basic DNA as the track-focused special. This means the Elva has McLaren’s 4.0-litre V8 but now producing 815bhp going through a 7-speed gearbox. The Elva is also the lightest McLaren yet, with it being lighter than the Senna GTR. This allows for a 0-60mph sprint in less than 3 seconds and a 0-124mph sprint in just 6.7 seconds; this is quicker than the Senna.
As you’d expect, the Elva drives like a proper McLaren too. It has all the mechanical buzzwords such as active aerodynamics, state-of-the-art linked-hydraulic active suspension and electro-hydraulic steering for “purest feedback”. The car can also stop in an instant thanks to massive brakes to stop the fat Pirelli P Zero tyres.
Styling wise, the Elva combines all existing McLaren styling cues into one car. You can see bits of Speedtail, 720S and the GT in the styling, with nods to the older M1 models. However, you’ll be right in saying that the Elva doesn’t have a windscreen...because it doesn’t. What it has instead is what McLaren is calling McLaren Active Air Management System. Basically what this does is “shelters occupants by manipulating air flow while retaining their connection to the elements”. For those that understand English, that means you don‘t have to wear a helmet everytime you drive the Elva...unless you turn the system off which you totally can.
The interior is standard McLaren but slightly more luxurious than the Senna, with nice seats, a new user interface for the infotainment and many nice materials being used. The coolest part about the interior is how it’s part of the exterior too, as it all flows nicely into one, beautiful design.
So, you’ve got this far and you want one, don’t you? Well like any other Ultimate Series model, it’s limited run; this time to just 399 units. It won’t be cheap either, coming in at a cool £1,425,000 before you start adding MSO goodies. So there’s a very good chance that the Elva will be a £2 million car.
Looks like I’m buying a lottery ticket on Friday.