Bought a 720s! My 1st "supercar" Wish me luck!!

Bought a 720s! My 1st "supercar" Wish me luck!!

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AstonExige

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533 posts

65 months

Wednesday 30th September
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So, next update following my first weekend with the new love in my life smile

But first of all, just wanted to publicly give a shout out to McManchester and particularly Alex, Those guys got a bit of a hammering on social media a while back and being the professional outfit they were, didn't get pulled into a public argument, so a lot of the claims didn't get a response so we only heard one side of the story, and as we all know, there are always two. So I thought it right to go out of my way to give an account of my positive experience. Appreciate its when things go off script that a companies true dedication to customer experience comes to light, and as you will see in upcoming updates, mine have, and so far so good....

Anyway, right from the off Alex and the guys at McManchester have been an absolute pleasure to deal with, professional but friendly and really accomodating. And not pushy at all. They sorted a great deal for me, even though they had people dropping deposits on the car within days of it being advertised. Then when we went to collect they filled the froot / frunk up with some really great goodies. Really helped make the experience a memorable one. I'll elaborate on where they've also stepped up when things went off script in upcoming updates......

So, my first weekend with the car. As mentioned in my opening post, we drove back through the Peak District, heading out through Belper, then through Burton-on-Trent before heading east back toward Northants. My goal, avoid motorways! I don't want to sit on a boring straight road, sitting their at cough 70mph, cough for an hour, I'm adamant that where ever possible, the miles put on this car are going to be interesting ones!

So I managed to stretch a 2.5hr drive back from McManchester into 5hrs biggrin Missus was like this journey seems to be taking a while, did you get lost? biglaugh That first drive down my street up to my driveway...... again, something else I'll never forget. Had to park out on the street whilst I moved some cars around. Even welcomed that, an opportunity to park it up and look back at it..... just wow. Although it did look at bit out of place out there! smile



Already this car is amazing me the way the colour changes so much in different lights, every picture seems to have a different hue.

Anyway, so quick cup of tea, toilet break etc (still not eaten all day but still no appetite, too bloody excited!) and then where can I drive too next. So decided to take it over to see my friend, he's got a lovely very low mileage 997.2 C2s and was kind enough to drive me all the way to Edinburgh to pick up my R8 in it, which broke down on the way back, adding hours on to an already very long day, and then I only kept the car for 3 months! I felt I owed him!

So he's used to my cars, coming out for a quick pax ride out, but he hadn't been out in a car as quick as this before. When I took it for its first drive I wasn't ready for that brutal acceleration, I couldn't wait for him to experience that, that first WOT in 2nd and into 3rd biggrin Well what ensued ended up with a quote that will stand out for some time in my memories "F**k me Mark, it makes your balls tingle" rofl

Even taking passengers out for the 1st time is so much fun in this car, seeing / hearing their reaction the first time they feel that level of acceleration....and deceleration!

So we got back, lovely evening so took a few more pictures, I had a feeling I was going to be doing this a lot!



Over 25yrs of driving and I've never "posed" with one of my cars before, always felt like a bit of a c0ck, but when he suggested I have one with the car, well at this point in time I felt like I was really winning at life so why not capture the moment?!



Still felt like a bit of a c0ck, and yeah, that is pretty much the expression that has been on my face ever since I collected the car biggrin

So went inside for another brew, when his 16yr old son came down, asking his Mum for a lift to his mates a few miles away in another town......well I wasn't going to let an opportunity to drive it some more or give another pax ride go by, so I did the right thing and offered my services. However, getting in the car I was reminded that I'd been "enjoying" this car by the fuel light coming on, full tank done in less than 200 miles! Worth every penny! smile

So first stop petrol station and the journey I would see my first issue, one that was pretty scary. So I've driven out towards the A14 and made my way down the slip road, in 3rd at 50% throttle, then bing....... a warning come up on the dash and it lost power. Oh sh!t. The warning said transmission fault, limphome, restart engine. Turned out power wasn't lost but reduced, I was already on the A14 and only a mile from the next junction with the petrol station I was heading too, so I took it steady and headed there. Weirdly the climate control seemed to be affected too, it seemed to be blowing hot air, may just have been the aircon nonactive? I was pooping it a bit at this point. Had that sinking feeling, I'd got a whole weekend planned with this car, it was only Friday evening, I'd only got the car that day, please don't tell me I was going to be watching it taken away on a transporter before the weekend even started. So got to the petrol station, switched off, filled up, started the car as I held my breath......boom, message is gone and all back to normal! Phew. Still a little bit concerned but I'd read enough about these cars, their quirks and overly sensitive sensors. So I gave my friends son his lift to his friends house, turns out a bit of a get together and when we pull up, all these very excitable teenagers all come running out shouting all sorts of what I assume were compliments at the car. "peng" is that a good thing? I must be getting old!

On the way back I gave Alex a call and even though he'd left to go home hours ago, he picked up, I told him about the problem and he put my mind at rest. The car has been pretty much laid up for a year, the last owner hardly used it, and now it was getting some proper use. If the error is no longer coming up then.... don;t worry and get out and enjoy the car. So I did!

Saturday comes along, head over to my Mothers, show off my new toy, had to take a little detour to a village nearby to get a picture.... (my surname is Nash smile )



I think its a sign rolleyes

then next over to my sisters where I spent the next hour or so giving pax rides to her, my nieces, her partner, friend. I was in my element. Not only do I love driving this car, it also makes you look like a driving God! A common theme seems to be it feels like you're on a roller coaster. I assume due to the extreme g's..... or my poor driving!

By the end of the day, 400 miles since collecting and 2 tanks of fuel down - totally worth it.

Sunday: Really looking forward to this one. VERY early start to meet some of my Lotus pals for some spirited driving on some empty country roads, something which we do quite regularly, but up to now I'd rock up in my Exige. Bit of a surprise for them this time. Needless to say they didn't mind the Mclaren gatecrashing the Lotus get together, my argument being its British and a number of the Lotus engineers now worked at Mclaren smile



The drive out was fantastic, and great to drive some roads I knew well in the Exige. Now Lotus's are known for their superb driver engagement and handling, so I was a little worried this trip could show the 720s's short comings...... I needn't have worried, once again it blew me away. Even on some really tight hairpin type corners, I could drive the car into them, turn in and it pulled around like it was on rails. The bumpy roads, the car felt so stable, I could have gone down them at twice the speed I would've felt comfortable doing so in the Exige. I suppose that is one of the main problems with this car, its license losing ability. I know a lot of people label fast cars like that, but with this things sheer capability to travel at serious speed even down uneven roads...... it does feel its only a matter of time. Anyway, cross that bridge and all that.......

So we got to out resting spot 90mins later and I was buzzing,

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totally lapped up the attention the car got from both my Lotus pals and members of the public, I must have sounded a bit tapped, like a little excited child struggling to put into words how this car makes you feel. But couldn't hang around too long, next appointment in Leicestershire to meet some buddies for a convoy to Caffiene and Machine, our 3 hr slot starting from 12.30pm. The convoy was due to consist of a Dodge viper, an AMR Vantage, 812 superfast and a very special Kharman Ghia fitted with an aircooled 911 engine - I was looking forward to this.

So met up with my buddies, unfortunately, the guy with the 812 couldn't make it but the rest were there.



Great drive over and needless to say, pulling up at C&M attracted lots of attention. Managed to get a table right behind the car and spent the next hour proudly admiring the car as people looked around it and took pictures. It all felt so surreal, looking at that car, even with the company it was keeping in the place, it still stood out.

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Was just about thinking of heading off and the decision was made for us, the traffic police rocked up like they meant business, cop I suddenly realised my car was right out in front proudly sporting no front plate, it was asking for trouble. I really didn't want to put a dampener on my first weekend with the car by picking up a fine so made a for a sharp exit. Took a nice gentle drive back, soaked in what was going to be my last drive of an awesome long weekend where....can't believe I'm saying this....I collected my Mclaren 720s, my first supercar (feel like I jumped in the deep end a bit here! smile ) I'll never forget this weekend.

I'll write the next update tomorrow, there's more interesting updates to come, one which results in me waving goodbye to the car as it disappears off in the back of a transporter getmecoat

RSbandit

1,249 posts

90 months

Wednesday 30th September
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Brilliant stuff...that Dodge Viper tho

supersport

3,081 posts

185 months

Wednesday 30th September
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Nice.

I think the police rock up a lot a C&M. They arrived when we were there, chatted to the lads with tryres stretched to the limit, cars with revolving number plates.

Had a coffee and a laugh, then left.

MrC986

2,654 posts

149 months

Wednesday 30th September
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Nice post OP on buying your 720....it was clearly meant to be. I have a friend whose a senior techie for one of the main Mc dealers & he says lack of use does cause issues & the better cars are the ones driven regularly & which get more miles on them (not that you need an excuse!).

650spider

1,238 posts

129 months

Wednesday 30th September
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MrC986 said:
Nice post OP on buying your 720....it was clearly meant to be. I have a friend whose a senior techie for one of the main Mc dealers & he says lack of use does cause issues & the better cars are the ones driven regularly & which get more miles on them (not that you need an excuse!).
I would concur.

My mac has 32K miles now and I use it for any possible journey in any weather; it has never yet missed a beat or given me a moments grief...cannot be coincidence.

On topic, really enjoying your thread OP!

Loving your enthusiasm...it is funny how easy it is to become a full Mac convert.

Palmball

1,210 posts

132 months

Wednesday 30th September
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Looking forward to the next update; I hope the issue is nothing too serious.

I've always found the service excellent from McLaren dealers, specifically Glasgow and Birmingham over the last couple of years, which is contrary to their seemingly poor reputation. In my experience, they really to resolve issues, they've always been timely and I've always found them very friendly and professional.

Where are you based OP?


sbk1972

351 posts

34 months

Thursday 1st October
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Is it worth buying a code scanner ? Do these cars have a ODB port or do they dial in ?

I would be reading the codes, then clearly and seeing what comes back.

How do you plan to service it ? Is there a local dealer to you or does it go back to the supplying dealer ?

Im watching a youtube channel where the dude, Tarvarish, is rebuilding ones of these cars. Amazing.

Simon

R8Reece

972 posts

47 months

Thursday 1st October
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AstonExige said:
I'll write the next update tomorrow, there's more interesting updates to come, one which results in me waving goodbye to the car as it disappears off in the back of a transporter getmecoat
Thanks for the post, great to feel your enthusiasm in your posts.

I really hope this part is a positive story!

dsl2

1,281 posts

159 months

Thursday 1st October
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Fabulous posting, your excitement is palpable & the car looks great in that spec.

Hope the teething issues are resolved for you double lively.

BlackR8

341 posts

35 months

Thursday 1st October
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What a fantastic write up, thanks for sharing. With all the talk on here about values and not buying a car of your dreams because of X,Y,Z (fill in what you want ... the economy, brexit, covid etc), its nice to see someone following their heart for once and just doing something that makes you smile ear to ear.

I read this forum fairly regularly and certainly in the last few months it feels like people have really started appreciating what phenomenal cars McLaren's are. The value they currently present compared to the competition make them truly hard to resist.

Huge congrats to you and enjoy in good health thumbup

detective peralta

12 posts

69 months

Thursday 1st October
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This is proper wholesome content.
Appreciate your candour, really feels like we're along for the ride with you.

WCZ

7,945 posts

152 months

Thursday 1st October
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kevinon said:
ooooh that was a great read . . . I could feel the emotions so strongly.

And it is a real beauty
this!

I think these things are the best when you're making such a big leap and it almost feels unreal that you have something so desirable!

Bear-n

763 posts

40 months

Thursday 1st October
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I think we're similar ages and I will never own a car like that, but rather than jealous I'm just happy for you. Great posts and a great story (apart from the car transporter teaser!)

AstonExige

Original Poster:

533 posts

65 months

Thursday 1st October
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Had a couple of days off work the week following collection weekend. The first one, track day at Mallory Park........ alas, not in the 720s. I won't deny, it did cross my mind whether I should take it, but only briefly. To keep my warranty intact I'd have to present the car to Mclaren before and after the track day for checks?? Sounds a bit like a money maker to me. Anyway, I normally really look forward to track days, but I've got a day off...... I have a Mclaren in the garage........ and I'm leaving it behind?! Yeah, killed some of my enthusiasm. And the Mclaren effect didn't end there......

So my track weapon of choice is a bike engined Westfield, Properly set-up with a 2016 SP Fireblade engine. 200bhp in a car that weighs 470kg, 13,000 rpm rev limit and a sequential box and flat-shifter. It is not a slow car and is very capable. (and serious fun!)



Makes a great sound too: https://youtu.be/Inc0MoB4YOs

Anyway, so I arrive at Mallory, unload the car, get the sighting laps out the way and get out there for the first session. Out on to the straight, put my foot down....... felt like I was in a fecking steam train....... where's the kick in the back I was expecting?!......... then it hit me: my every day road car is making my track car feel under powered! What the actual f**k? In "normal" years I'll do 8-10 track days a year including Spa and the Ring, they're my thing, I live for it. But has the Mclaren ruined it?! The first 1 or 2 laps I was feeling a bit crap about it, but once the tyres warmed up and I could starting pushing on, the little Westfield reminded me the main adrenaline rush from this car doesn't come from straight line acceleration, its the whole package, the whole theatre of that car. Phew. I am aware that I am still living on cloud 9 since getting the Mclaren, almost waiting for something to burst my bubble, that inevitable thing to go wrong, after all, how can this be happening to me?! So maybe I'm looking for it...... Anyway, had a great time on track..



only 2nd time out this year and hadn't been to Mallory for years. Last time I was here I spent most of the time facing the wrong direction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feh_I7tmkrE

So having spent the 1st of my 2 days off not driving the 720s, I was going to make up for it on my next day off! So took the scenic route to meet some friends down in Aylesbury for lunch. Just as I was leaving I passed a black Lamborghini Murcielago coming the other way, it reminded my that SB Race Engineering were in Aylesbury. I've seen a number of YouTube videos with Paul Wallace (SOL) at SB, they seemed to do a lot with various supercars, exhausts and I recalled a 720s in one video. So searched for them on Waze and headed over.

The one improvement I'd like to make to the car is the noise, it just isn't loud enough. I actually like the sound it does make, just think it could be a bit louder to add to the whole theatre of the car. So talking to SB felt like a good idea, especially as I was just around the corner.

Rocked up, that black Lambo was parked outside! Probably thinks I'm following him! So went inside and talking to one of their guys, really friendly, explained they'd done a lot of 720's, in fact McHatfield send a lot over to them when they're brand new?! And there is me worrying about warranty?! This guy said that as I already have the Sports exhaust, putting a cat back on is not worth the cost, the difference is minimal, you'd need to change the cats. Well there is no way I'm messing with the cats, I want / need to keep my McWarranty intact. So first rubbish news on the car, but hey, in 2yrs when the warranty expires, gloves are off! I would've renewed it, but I think I'll go for a Thorney one where they'll not void the warranty with mods, as long as it is their mods (clever of Thorney, not so much Mclaren)

Also turns out Paul Wallace was at SB, it was his Lambo. Really nice guy, had a good chat. Said to drop him an Instagram message as he had a contact at Mclaren who may be able to help in regards to warranty and aftermarket exhausts, thought that was a nice touch. Didn't reply to my message though, thought that counts I suppose wink

So headed home. As I was driving back, heard a weird metallic donk on the drivers side, right next to me. Everything seemed fine so put it down to running over something, drink can or something. It was only when I got home, got out to open the garage door (I have a Mclaren now, can't afford electric garage doors wink ) back to the car and went to open the door..... where the bloody hell is the door handle gone?!?! As I reached around to push the handle/button, there was just a hole! Then it dawned on me, that was that donk I'd heard, the handle falling off! biggrin So this is where the handle should have been. You can see a rubber gromet looking thing, turns out that's the button the handle pushes on so no problem opening it without the handle. I think my 720 was just trying to shed some more weight, felt a bit fat parked up in the garage next to the Westfield!



I saw the funny side, hand-built British supercar right? I did come into this with my eyes open. But also I knew the warranty would cover it, and you couldn't see it from the outside so it wasn't going to spoil the upcoming weekend smile Quick call to Alex, he put got Sam in after-sales to call me back (again it was after hours) and said not too worry, they'll sort it, enjoy the weekend and we'll chat again on Monday. These guys are good.

Parked up in the garage waiting for the weekends shenanigans....







Edited by AstonExige on Friday 2nd October 08:59

R8Reece

972 posts

47 months

Thursday 1st October
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Thanks, another great post.

However, and considering I love McLaren’s and like to consider my glass half full, how the feck does a car handle “fall off” after being collected from a dealer 1-2 weeks after collecting it?!!

England87

173 posts

55 months

Thursday 1st October
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Absolutely beautiful car, the colour really suits it. Well done OP, it really looks like you are enjoying it, long may it continue!

Rocketreid

308 posts

30 months

Thursday 1st October
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I think a Wise decision taking the Westfield to Mallory.

I have a Lotus with 480bhp and 1,000kg and it’s more than enough on there.

The 720s is biblically fast and although I’m no track expert I think Silverstone and Donington suit its power. I’ve only done Silverstone in mine and 175mph down Hanger with Stowe to contend with does focus your mind slightly. Enjoy your experience despite bits falling off, it does happen !!

Davey S2

12,385 posts

212 months

Friday 2nd October
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Congratulations Mark.

Stunning car and so nice to see a collection where the owner is genuinely thrilled to be picking up their dream car. So much better than watching the usual Youtubers doing another collection video that they don't really seem to care about that much

janahan9

100 posts

105 months

Friday 2nd October
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Congratulations, car looks stunning in that colour. Hope you enjoy it to the fullest!

twinturban

185 posts

80 months

Friday 2nd October
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Stunning car, congratulations.

But has anyone had a flawless ownership experience with any McLaren? Seems like each and every owner, at least the ones that post online, has a lengthy list of things that shouldn't happen at the prices charged.