You can now add gold badges to your McLaren Speedtail

McLaren has announced that future Speedtail owners will be able to personalise their new car by adding gold name badges to the front and back of the British-made hypercar. The 243mph Hyper-GT will come with a number of custom options, including badges made of 18 carat white-gold mixed with carbon fibre inlays. If you're lucky enough to buy one, why not?

The new badges were very popular at a private preview event

The badges are made by Vaughtons, which since 1819 has been making badges and trophies for prestigious events, such as the Olympics and the FA Cup.

“The gold badges add to a car whose jewel-like qualities already shine out, and confirm Speedtail’s uniqueness as the luxury McLaren without equal.” Said Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive Design Director.

McLaren's TPT (Thin Ply Technology) is used to create the badge

The white-gold emblems are laser-etched with a McLaren hallmark that shows exactly when and where they were made. The Front badge weights 100 grams, but an almost weightless lacquered finish can be chosen as an alternative for those trying trim the fat.

A must have, or a gimmick?

“As beautiful pieces of exquisitely hand-crafted jewellery, the white-gold badges perfectly set off a car that in every way represents a new gold standard for McLaren luxury. They fit perfectly with the philosophy of the Speedtail, the most luxurious car in McLaren Automotive’s portfolio, as well as paying homage to its forebear, the McLaren F1.” Said Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive Design Director.

The Speedtail is a petrol-electric hybrid that will produce more than 1000 horsepower and will deliver a top speed of over 243mph, which was the mark set by the legendary McLaren F1. Only 106 Speedtails will be made, which again mirrors the F1 and all have been sold at a price of £1.75 million each.

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