McLaren Special Operations exists solely to execute the things that customers simply dream possible. From entirely one-off models like the X-1, to paint samples that match anything in your imagination, the exclusive branch of McLaren’s road car company has had a hand in some of the most radical creations in the modern supercar market.
With the anticipation of springtime running at its highest, McLaren Philadelphia is excited to announce our first “Supercars on Sunday” event on March 18, 2018.
Enjoy a meet-up of the areas finest McLarens and exotics. Plenty of parking will be made available for spectators at the building next to our showroom. VIP, frontline parking will be made available for McLaren customers.
McLaren Philadelphia will provide complimentary coffee and tea and a donut food truck will be on-site for additional breakfast item purchases.
Please join us for a jumpstart of the 2018 season with McLaren Philadelphia!
The luxury automotive sector has long established that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the premier showcase of collector cars spanning both niches and decades. Because of its credibility, it has become the standard to aspire to for every other automotive Concours, but few may ever meet the challenge.
As one of the most important global motor shows on the calendar, the Geneva Motor Show typically gets the best of the best from every automaker. The stage is set for each performance car company’s attempt to one-up the display next to them.
At 2016’s show, McLaren took their existing Ultimate Series model and, instead of giving it a fancy new paint job, went with a bare carbon fiber finish for an even more spectacular presence. Now that the Senna has taken over as the ultimate McLaren road car in 2018, it gets the same treatment, with a price tag of more than $400,000 on top of the base price.
The Senna “Carbon Theme” seamlessly combines the championship past of Ayrton Senna with the modern McLaren architecture built of carbon fiber. Solar Yellow and Laurel Green accents are thoughtfully applied inside and out, further paying tribute to the driver whose name inspired the car. But the biggest impression comes from the Visual Carbon Fiber bodywork, with the 67 individual panels accounting for nearly 1,000 hours to complete. The functionally aggressive supercar is intensified by the carbon fiber look, but it’s not just for aesthetics with this edition.
Further carbon fiber application is at the wheels, and that’s especially vital in the environment that the Senna will be natural in. The center-locking hybrid wheels are constructed of forged aluminum and carbon fiber, resulting in a 10 percent weight trimming at each corner. This will produce improved acceleration and braking, as well as steering response when driven at higher speeds. But even with all the small touches that improve track-based performance, it was nothing like the overhaul that the Senna GTR received.
Unveiled alongside the standard Senna was the GTR variant, which has a historical backing of motorsports performance. Like the F1 GTR and P1 GTR before it, McLaren has taken the road-worthiness out of the Senna for the sake of uncompromising racing pedigree, and the Senna GTR now establishes itself as the fastest McLaren ever on a track, aside from a Formula 1 car. This is achieved by an expected bump in power, but more so by visually stunning aerodynamic enhancements. An extended front splitter and rear diffuser work in tandem to stick the Senna to the track, and provide an even more dedicated presence from the standard road car. 75 units will be accounted for in 2019.
Similarly, Porsche extended its motorsports heritage to the new GT3 RS, but the brand’s innovation didn’t just come by way of the track. Porsche is not only changing the performance landscape of its brand, but the everyday commute as well. Through the Mission E concepts, Porsche is finalizing its plans to electrify its future.
The original Mission E concept made bold statements in 2015, claiming more than 600 horsepower and a charging time of a little more than 15 minutes. The newest Cross Turismo concept, unveiled at Geneva, utilizes the same underpinnings but in a capable crossover package. The reintroduction of Mission E to the market reaffirms Porsche’s commitment to exploring the feasibility of future technologies.
Advancing technologies don’t just help cut down track times, they transform the everyday driving experience. With McLaren and Porsche leading the way in both of these fields, it’s exciting to witness the transition from future to present.
In the hyper-competitive industry of performance cars, superlatives are short-lived. When brands unleash a new supercar claiming to be the fastest in its rich history, it’s hardly a feat – it’s just striving to keep up before it’s soon replaced at the top again.
McLaren’s road cars have juggled usability and ultimate performance, and done so admirably, as to limit compromise along the way.
When rumors swirled around the codenamed “P15” being more track-focused than anything else, it sounded like a foray into an unfamiliar segment. Committing to that singular focus would inevitably redirect attention away from what makes a McLaren so appealing. It’s accessible performance and a balanced everyday driving experience, but throughout history, McLaren’s biggest achievements have truly come by putting all hands on deck at the circuit.
25 years in the automotive industry is plenty enough for the landscape to change several times over. From the top down, technology has pushed what is feasible in a road car package.
But not much has been done to duplicate what the McLaren F1 brought 25 years ago.
For the fifth consecutive year, the RDS Automotive Group has been recognized by philly.com as one of its annual Top Workplaces for 2017.
The results come from a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm specializing in workplace health and improvement. Employees completed a survey covering various aspects of the organizational environment, making the people who are truly the foundation of these companies the ones leading these studies.
The Geneva Motor Show is not really the place to come with subtle yearly refreshes and facelifts, it demands the newest and very best each brand has to offer. Porsche and McLaren had these projects in the works for years, but 2017 was the culmination and assembly of these ideas in one place.
Performance cars are climbing and climbing to what seems like an inevitable plateau, which makes the ridiculous numbers associated with them seem less and less impressive each year. But if there’s any battlefield to truly fight for the industry’s attention, it’s the Geneva Motor Show.
The Swiss show centralizes the top European brands to sculpt the landscape of the next generation of cars. That next generation, for McLaren and Porsche, aims to stave off and elevate that plateau for at least a handful of years.