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It is rare to have the opportunity to witness something before your eyes that has re-written the laws of physics, although for those at McLaren Philadelphia, they were the exception.  Not only were they privileged enough to see greatness before their eyes, but in this case, they were the first to have been able to do so.  

Since 2011, when McLaren reentered the world of road-legal automotive production, they have been on the leading edge of innovation. The supercar manufacturer has long had a history of reaching new heights in each discipline they pursue, from performance achievements, to the aesthetics that uniquely clothe each vehicle.  But if each model that McLaren rolls out is amongst the highest tier of supercars, then which ones are the extraordinary amongst the already elite?  McLaren has not only answered that question, but focused expansively on it.  

Within the McLaren lineup, consumers will find several series, ranging from Sport Series to the Ultimate Series, with the Super Series positioned between the two, as well as a GT element in the mix.  From the Sport Series, one can discover vehicles such as the 570S, which is capable of reaching 60 miles-per-hour in just over 3 seconds.  On the other end, one can unearth the Ultimate Series, consisting of autos such as the Elva, Senna, and now even the long-anticipated Speedtail, which has pioneered its way as the fastest McLaren, having recorded a staggering top speed of 250 miles-per-hour, about a third of the speed of sound.  And of course, in the middle of those two categories is the Super Series, in which lies models like the 650s and 720s.  So what then could possibly be capable of going above and beyond the standards that have already been achieved and set forth within McLaren’s lineup?  The avenue that the auto company has chosen to go down in order to meet that call was, quite literally, a long one.  

300 × 225The Longtail is an epic creation that initially made its presence known in McLaren’s 1997 F1 GTR Longtail, the track variant of the already cross-generational icon, the F1.  This legendary hypercar can be credited with establishing the way for the several more Longtail models that would follow.  Longtail is abbreviated as LT and quite literally means long tail.  And while vehicles with the LT badge never fail to please the eye, the motive behind the longer tail was not for aesthetic purposes.  As per usual, McLaren has designed each aspect of the automobile to optimize performance, the cutting-edge aesthetics are merely a part of the aftermath.  Because of the uniqueness of the F1 GTR Longtail, it has typically stood solo, as its own tier within the history books.  The LT badge was not seen on another McLaren for nearly 20 years, until 2015, when the company released the 675LT, a long tailed version of the 650S, which was released to the market in 2014.  While it was the first time in this century that any Longtail variant had made its presence known, it without doubt made a profound entrance, and laid the groundwork for vehicles of the same caliber to come after.  The Longtail continued, having made another presence just 3 years later, when McLaren released the 600LT, deriving from the, more common, 570S.  That then left McLaren with 2 modern Longtail models, which both stemmed from both the 570S, as well as the 650S.  That, however, left the automotive company’s 720S model to stand alone, without a more track-oriented variant of the vehicle.  And while the 720S is often regarded as a trailblazer of supercar innovation in the 21st century, McLaren could not resist the urge to take it one step further, and deliver the epitome of an all-around superior platform that was capable of dominating both the track and the road.  

300 × 225This is the 765LT, and it is an exquisite case in point of possibilities when a remarkable idea is met with leading innovation, intense passion, and precise mathematics.  The newest edition to receive the coveted LT badge boasts statistics that are sure to delight.  An astonishing 755 horsepower is produced from the middle-mounted 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged 8 cylinder engine, and the vehicle delivers 590 foot-pounds of torque.  After only 2.8 seconds, the 765LT meets the 62 miles-per-hour mark from the halt.  Continuing on hastily from that, the Longtail reaches 124 miles-per-hour in, an astonishingly low, 7 seconds, which is, ironically, the time that experts claim it takes to form a first impression, something that this McLaren is sure to leave behind.  In under 10 seconds, the car passes the quarter-mile, and continues on to a triumphant 205 miles-per-hour top speed, a highly impressive feat considering the amount of extra downforce aero features that have been added to enhance the vehicle’s track performance.  

When facing the vehicle head-on, the eye is intercepted by a vivid Memphis Red, while in the aft of the vehicle, the striking Volcano Orange pops as bright as day.  The brakes match accordingly, with red calipers in the front, and orange calipers in the back to go over the carbon-ceramic brakes that equip the vehicle.  The Strata theme of the car describes, quite well, the paint work on the 765 LT that has taken on the United States, having pioneered its first through McLaren Philadelphia.  Located on the lower mid-front region of the vehicle is a bold Cherry Black, which transitions rigidly into the vibrant colors of the LT.  The metamorphosis from black to the red and orange sections of the car is a pattern similar in nature to rock layers, called strata, hence the Strata name of the striking livery.  The automobile in its absolute leaves an absence of desires to be had, and it was a privilege to have hosted the vehicle at McLaren Philadelphia as it makes its way around the United States, showcasing all that McLaren is and is capable of.  For more exclusive cars such as these, stay tuned to McLaren Philadelphia on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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