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McLaren celebrates historic Le Mans triumph with special edition 720S supercar

Only 50 models to be made...

Supercar specialist McLaren is paying homage to its epic 1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR endurance racer by releasing a limited special edition version of the current 720S model. 

Priced from £254,500, the 720S Le Mans celebrates one of McLaren’s most remarkable motorsports achievements, namely winning the legendary 24hr race on its first attempt, despite atrocious conditions resulting from 17 hours of continuous rainfall, as well as getting three other F1 GTRs into the finishing top five.

Just 50 examples of the Le Mans will be made, with 16 being allocated to European customers…

Now that’s what you call an interior…

Just 50 examples of the Le Mans will be made (deliveries start in September), with just 16 being allocated to European customers. Adorned with a special dedication plate and a VIN number that begins with 298 (the number of laps completed by the F1 GTR during the race), the 50 owners will be able to customise their ride thanks to a choice of external and internal colour combinations, optional carbon-fibre accoutrements plus a trio of ‘component packs’.

As standard, the car will come in two exterior colour themes – McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey, with a functional gloss black roof scoop, carbon-fibre louvred front fenders and racing seats, gold-coloured brake calipers plus unique 5-spoke LM wheels that feature ‘Le Mans’ etching and echo the design of the wheels used by the F1 GTR.

If orange is too zingy, how about Sarthe Grey?

Performance, needless to say, will be neck-snappingly impressive, with the car’s mid-mounted twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 generating 710bhp and whipping the driver from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, hitting 124mph just 4.9 seconds later and eventually topping out at an impressive 212mph. Those Le Mans-embroidered headrests will come in rather handy, we suspect…

An experienced PR professional who’s represented some of the world’s best-known technology brands, Kulwinder began his career as a journalist and then editor, with stints on legendary British car magazines such Supercar Classics and Fast Lane.

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