RE: McLaren Elva honours first orange McLaren

RE: McLaren Elva honours first orange McLaren

Thursday 26th March

McLaren Elva honours first orange McLaren

Another Ultimate Series one-off, now paying homage to the M6a Can-Am racer



Orange is very quickly becoming a colour as synonymous with McLaren as red is with Ferrari and silver is with Mercedes. Look to those cars for sale and everything from a Β£65k 12C to a million-pound P1 can be had in McLaren Orange, Ventura Orange, Papaya Spark or similar. Obviously the Formula 1 cars carry it as well, and four of the F1 LMs were painted in you-know-what.

It's a significant colour for McLaren, then, so much so that this latest one-off Elva - don't be surprised if more are to follow - celebrates the first orange car from the brand. Normally that might be a bit naff, but given the first orange McLaren was the M6a, it sounds a little less like gratuitous nostalgia.


Why? Because the M6a was the car that began McLaren's incredible Can-Am domination. Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme went to Road America in September 1967, each driving an M6A competitively for the first time; McLaren put his car on pole and Hulme won the race. They followed that up with a double one-two at Bridgehampton and Mosport. McLaren himself won at Laguna Seca and Riverside, meaning John Surtees was the only driver not in an M6A to win in the 1967 Can-Am season. McLaren had announced itself to the world of motorsport, beating Lola, Ferrari, and Chaparral along the way, and it had done so in a McLaren Orange M6A. The team then went on to dominate Can-Am for five seasons in more orange cars. So there's your link.

This Elva is in fact painted Anniversary Orange, a new colour specifically for the car. Indeed McLaren goes as far as to say that the Elva is "more than a homage", since it "replicates that Can-Am slaying icon of 1967 in every detail of its external paint scheme." A build by McLaren Special Operations, it follows the M1a Theme in harking back to the sports car racing past that the Elva's design aims to emulate. We look forward to the Ueno Clinic, Harrods and Fina themes in due course...




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BVB

Original Poster:

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105 months

Thursday 26th March
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Orange is Lamborghini's colour.

Plate spinner

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Thursday 26th March
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BVB said:
Orange is Lamborghini's colour.
Really?

I associate Lamborghini's with vivid Green colours

thegreenhell

6,616 posts

171 months

Thursday 26th March
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It looks more brown than orange to me, nothing like the colour of the original.


Also, it PH policy to drop a howler into every article?
article said:
and every single F1 LM was painted in you-know-what
Every single one apart from the 40% of production that was grey with multicolour stripes.

WokkaWokka

468 posts

91 months

Thursday 26th March
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What a nice looking machine.

Matt Bird

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PH Reportery Lad

Thursday 26th March
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thegreenhell said:
Every single one apart from the 40% of production that was grey with multicolour stripes.
Well you learn something new every day! I was going off the earlier story:

https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-potw/mclaren-f...

that said they were all orange. I'll do some more research and correct as appropriate!


Matt

Low Pro

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113 months

Thursday 26th March
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Looks like it was painted in a Essex tanning salon

Macboy

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157 months

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Each time I see another new livery or image of this car I think “it’s a Lotus/Elemental/Zenos competitor priced somewhere below £100k. And then I remember is a McLaren and it’s £2m and my head all but explodes. It literally doesn’t matter how clever the airflow management is or how fast it goes, they will never be driven and when they’re next seen it’ll be at an auctioned in 10 years with 800 miles on.

Leftfootwonder

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Thursday 26th March
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I think it looks ace except i'd want a small but proper windscreen instead of the cheap plastic-looking pop up thing they have on there and whilst I appreciate it is a modern interpretation, the steering wheel is just too black and fat rimmed. Give it a nice classic wheel, please.

Not sure how much an Elva was new back in the 60's but some of the Ferrari's they were racing against were in the region of £10,000ish in those days. For a car you could take racing and drive home again. In today's money that's about £350k, not £2m!!

LotusOmega375D

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Thursday 26th March
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What about a report on the Bond Bug? Or the Outspan car? They were orange too.

ate one too

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98 months

Thursday 26th March
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That ain't Orange ... that's JRG.


Pericoloso

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Thursday 26th March
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BVB said:
Orange is Lamborghini's colour.
The only orange car in the museum in June.




I bet there's lots more red cars in Ferrari's museums.

I've never been aware that Lamborghini had it's own colour.


chelme

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122 months

Thursday 26th March
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It looks okay.

mwstewart

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Their best design yet.

British Beef

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Thursday 26th March
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thegreenhell said:
It looks more brown than orange to me, nothing like the colour of the original.


Also, it PH policy to drop a howler into every article?
article said:
and every single F1 LM was painted in you-know-what
Every single one apart from the 40% of production that was grey with multicolour stripes.[/quote

Looks like the roll bar sits about 2 inches below his helmet...... safety has changed a little!!

S1KRR

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164 months

Thursday 26th March
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thegreenhell said:
It looks more brown than orange to me, nothing like the colour of the original.


Also, it PH policy to drop a howler into every article?
article said:
and every single F1 LM was painted in you-know-what
Every single one apart from the 40% of production that was grey with multicolour stripes.
THIS!

For those wondering about 2 of the LMs. They were the ones that went to the Sultan of Brunei.





Sultan owns from memory LM1, LM4 and LM5 (LM2 and LM3 owned by different individuals in the USA) Though LM5 is Papaya





Edited by S1KRR on Friday 27th March 00:33

Kolbenkopp

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rodericb

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Friday 27th March
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BVB said:
Orange is Lamborghini's colour.
Interesting - how do you figure that?



Johnspex

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136 months

Friday 27th March
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S1KRR said:
thegreenhell said:
It looks more brown than orange to me, nothing like the colour of the original.


Also, it PH policy to drop a howler into every article?
article said:
and every single F1 LM was painted in you-know-what
Every single one apart from the 40% of production that was grey with multicolour stripes.
THIS!

For those wondering about 2 of the LMs. They were the ones that went to the Sultan of Brunei.





Sultan owns from memory LM1, LM4 and LM5 (LM2 and LM3 owned by different individuals in the USA) Though LM5 is Papaya





Edited by S1KRR on Friday 27th March 00:33
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That looks more like Southall than Brunei. It's where the Sultan keeps his polo ponies , you know.

S1KRR

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Friday 27th March
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Johnspex said:
That looks more like Southall than Brunei. It's where the Sultan keeps his polo ponies , you know.
Looks more like Woking tbh wink

See where that DHL van is.

https://goo.gl/maps/g48MmT5MgSSi2Kxr5

That exact spot biggrin