RE: McLaren Evla Gulf Theme debuts at Speedweek

RE: McLaren Evla Gulf Theme debuts at Speedweek

Friday 16th October

McLaren Elva Gulf Theme debuts at Speedweek

Goodwood's closed-doors event sees MSO's open-roof special dressed in iconic livery



McLaren has added its roof and windscreen-less Elva to the list of cars available with a Gulf Theme livery, which has returned to the brand’s option list thanks to the recent partnership between the car and oil firm. The MSO creation is on show at Goodwood Speedweek - the ideal setting for the Elva to demonstrate its active air management system and 815hp twin-turbo V8 to an online audience.Β 

The open top hypercar is McLaren’s Β£1.4 million carbon-tubbed tribute to its iconic Can-Am racers of the past, including Bruce McLaren’s winning M6A. It’s running at Goodwood is therefore fitting, even if it is not a racing car and will only be enjoyed by 149 buyers (production cut from the original 399 run due to parts supply limitations and a lack of room on the busy production line, according to McLaren).


It means that the Elva will be an even rarer sight on the road – or more likely showstand. Which is a shame, because there’s plenty of cool technology packed into its unique panels, most notably its air shifting nose design and Gurney flap. As our drive last year showed, the air pressure around your noggin is substantially reduced; lifting your hand above this β€˜protected’ zone emphasises the change in airflow and just how much work that front end is doing. The Gulf theme just makes it all that bit cooler, doesn’t it?

The theme isn’t exclusive to McLaren’s seven-figure specials - understandably it is keen to extract as much mileage from its new relationship as possible - although expect the manufacturer to be talking at great length about electrification in the near future.Β McLaren’s new V6-powered supercar – due out in 2021 – is also the first of its High-Performance Hybrid model range. Rest assured the firm is working as hard on the future as it is celebrating the past.





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TheBALDpuma

Original Poster:

5,464 posts

126 months

Friday 16th October
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I do usually like the Gulf colour scheme but it really, really, really does not suit this car!

Maccmike8

25 posts

12 months

Friday 16th October
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Of all the roof and windscreenless exotica recently revealed. This just about looks ok. Actually think the Gulf livery isnt helping it.Hopefully the manufactures will give up on this narcissistic look at me.
Friday 16th October
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It looks like one of those sit in rides you used to get inside supermarkets...that is truly awful.

Mr.Jimbo

1,912 posts

141 months

Friday 16th October
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Genuinely thought it was a new model name when I saw the title.

Proof reading team had a few jars at Speedweek already?

waynecyclist

778 posts

72 months

Friday 16th October
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Looks like a Hotwheels model

MX-6

4,511 posts

171 months

Friday 16th October
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I like the design of this, it's pretty clean looking without all the vents and wings that you see on some other hypercars these days.

The Gulf theme is fun I guess.

I'm not into the white seats, they don't seem to fit with the type of car for me, looks like there should be something a bit more black and functional looking.

Gameface

13,759 posts

35 months

Friday 16th October
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Awful.

5pen

1,418 posts

164 months

Friday 16th October
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Evla or Elva. Which is it?

ash73

19,260 posts

179 months

Friday 16th October
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I like this recent Speedster trend, hope it encourages Mazda to put their concept into production.

The Gulf scheme looks awful on this one, they should have just gone with McLaren orange, Can-Am style.

Olivera

4,081 posts

197 months

Friday 16th October
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Evla ???

loudlashadjuster

3,656 posts

142 months

Friday 16th October
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take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey said:
It looks like one of those sit in rides you used to get inside supermarkets...that is truly awful.
Arf.

Nerdherder

1,717 posts

55 months

Friday 16th October
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Just in case it DOES get fixed fast. I do like the concept and look of the car.



Edited by Nerdherder on Friday 16th October 13:16

Chubbyross

1,123 posts

43 months

Friday 16th October
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I have to say, hand on heart, I’d be really embarrassed to be seen in that. But I guess I’m not their target market.

had ham

4,189 posts

141 months

Friday 16th October
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waynecyclist said:
Looks like a Hotwheels model
My thoughts exactly. It's awful, but par for the course.

ash73

19,260 posts

179 months

Friday 16th October
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Chubbyross said:
I have to say, hand on heart, I’d be really embarrassed to be seen in that. But I guess I’m not their target market.
The beauty of these cars is you'll be wearing a lid so nobody will recognise you.

Leftfootwonder

430 posts

16 months

Friday 16th October
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Chubbyross said:
I have to say, hand on heart, I’d be really embarrassed to be seen in that. But I guess I’m not their target market.
Because of the car or the colour scheme? (whisper it) i've never been a fan of the Gulf colours but I wouldn't say not to an 'Evla'.

ate one too

2,278 posts

104 months

Friday 16th October
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" and will only be enjoyed by 149 buyers (production cut from the original 399 run due to parts supply limitations and a lack of room on the busy production line, according to McLaren)."

rofl


fblm

18,160 posts

221 months

Friday 16th October
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TheBALDpuma said:
I do usually like the Gulf colour scheme but it really, really, really does not suit this car!
I agree. ''Theme'' cars that haven't earned their stipes so to speak always seem a bit desperate to me. Besides, anyone who can afford one of these can probably afford a real racing car in period gulf livery.

LotusOmega375D

5,057 posts

111 months

Friday 16th October
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You don’t associate McLaren with this colour scheme. Even when the F1 was sponsored by Gulf it was a much darker metallic blue. This looks dreadful.

ch37

6,357 posts

179 months

Friday 16th October
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I bet the press office had fun trying to invent reasons for slashing the production run.

£350m (minimum) in lost sales from what was forecast must be a kick in the teeth though.

Edited by ch37 on Friday 16th October 15:34