The McLaren Elva is an 804-hp road-legal homage to the glory days

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November 13, 2019 09:00 AM

The McLaren Elva is an 804-hp road-legal homage to the glory days

The latest McLaren Ultimate Series car joins the P1, Senna and Speedtail.

Wes Raynal

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The Elva will be the lightest McLaren road car ever, according to the company.

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The McLaren Elva has no roof or windshield, though a windshield is available as an option.

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The McLaren Elva will travel 0-124mph quicker than the McLaren Senna, at just 6.7 seconds according to the company.

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Carbon fiber bodywork will wrap into the McLaren Elva’s cabin.

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An Inconel and titanium quad-exit exhaust helps the McLaren Elva produce 804 hp by reducing backpressure.

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A windshield is optional on the McLaren Elva.

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A gallery of the new McLaren Elva 804-hp open-cockpit roadster, which promises 0-124 mph quicker than the McLaren Senna.

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McLaren acquired rights to the Elva name for new Ultimate Series roadster; an Elva Mk I is seen alongside it here.

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A gallery of the new McLaren Elva 804-hp open-cockpit roadster, which promises 0-124 mph quicker than the McLaren Senna.

Celebrating the Bruce McLaren-designed Elva from the 1960s, McLaren has revived the name on its latest supercar. Called Elva, this latest Ultimate Series McLaren is an open-cockpit two-seater the company says is the lightest road car it has ever done.
While early Elvas used Oldsmobile’s 340-hp, 4.5-liter V8, the new car has a bit more power: McLaren’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 804 hp and 590 lb-ft in this configuration. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The Elva is going to be among the quickest cars on the planet, McLaren claiming it can hit 62 mph in less than three seconds, adding that the 6.7-second 0-124-mph time is faster than the McLaren Senna. If you want one you’d better be quick: Just 399 are available for customer order starting at a cool $1,690,000.
As you can see in the photos there’s no windshield, so McLaren developed what it calls an Active Air Management System. McLaren says AAMS channels air through the car’s nose, out of the front clamshell at high speed ahead of the occupants and directs it up and over the cockpit to create “a relative bubble of calm.” A fixed windshield is optional, but that’s no fun, while a rear spoiler rises at speed and is adjustable in height and angle.

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The Elva uses the 720S’ suspension with comfort, sport and track modes for both powertrain and chassis, along with Variable Drift Control. Brakes are what the company calls sintered carbon ceramic, said to be stronger and having better thermal transmission characteristics than conventional brakes.
The cockpit looks a bit minimalist, with two racy looking buckets, digital instruments and a single central display screen. There’s no stereo standard, but McLaren offers a no-cost system using, according to the release, “speakers developed for maritime applications and suited to outside use.” Even floor mats are optional.
Speaking of options, the $1,690,000 base is going to be easily inflated, with McLaren’s Special Operations Division offering the chance to customize the car further with, for example, an unlimited number of paint colors and/or interior trims.

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