The brand new McLaren 765LT has landed, and where better to head for a first drive than on track at Silverstone! Join me to discover the new supercar inside out with a full walkaround, run through of all the details, and an opportunity to push it and experience what it's all about.
The McLaren 765LT dials up the 2nd generation of the Super Series by taking the 720S, removing 80kg of weight, adding 45hp, new aero for plenty more downforce, and reconfigures the car to really be at home on the race track. Leaning from the big-brother, McLaren Senna, the 765LT is born to be driven on circuit and that's exactly what we're able to do for a first drive at Silverstone, the home of the British F1 Grand Prix.
The numbers speak for themselves; there will be 765 units of the Coupe, weighing in at just 1,229kg with a 4l twin turbo V8 making 765hp and 800Nm, good for 0-100km/h (62mph) in just 2.8s and 0-200km/h (124mph) in a mere 7.0s on its way to a top speed of 330km/h (205mph). The changes also extending to the setup of the gearbox with shorter ratios for a feeling of constantly being in the power band, revised suspension for even further improved handling on track, and a more dynamic feel thanks to the exhaust system and tuning.
In full Track Package spec, the 765LT features the titanium roll cage with harnesses, the Senna bucket seats (saving 18kg) and Pirelli Trofeo R tyres. Additional weight savings vs the 720S come in the form of carbon fibre body panels for 14kg, new forged wheels and titanium bolts for 22kg, and deleting the optional air conditioning for 10kg, amongst others.
While the weather is doing its best to give a great British representation for the new British supercar, let's not let the cold, wind and rain spoil the fun, as the cars are equipped with Pzero tyres for the conditions on the International Circuit layout. After an introduction to the car its time to get a feel for what it's all about before taking a further look through the interior in detail.
It's undeniably fast, with brilliant steering, turn in and suspension feel, but perhaps most intriguingly has quite a different character to the Senna itself. The straight line speed feeling is a match but the car is more playful and adventurous as opposed to the brutal outright lap times chased by the Senna at a greater expense of entertainment. Next stop, to drive it on the road, and get some Trofeo Rs on for some dry laps!
Thanks for watching, Tim