19/08/19

McLaren Tease New Ultimate Series Roadster at Pebble Beach Concours

Whilst showcasing their latest creations at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours, McLaren have announced that they will be releasing another strictly limited model into their Ultimate Series. Unveiled with just one image, this new roadster is set to appear in 2020 and will offer Senna power with less weight. 

So far, we don’t know all that much about the new McLaren model; the brand haven’t even released a name yet. What we do know is that it’ll be strictly limited to just 399 examples, they will all be roadsters and they will be “focused on the exhilaration of pure, open-top driving”. We also know, thanks to this render, that it’ll be a stunning looking thing. 

McLaren Roadster

McLaren have announced that it’ll use a version of their none-hybrid twin-turbocharged V8 engine and that, thanks to lightweight architecture, it’ll be the lightest car they’ve ever created. When you consider the McLaren Senna – which uses a version of the same engine – we could be looking at almost 800hp from something that weighs less than 1,309kg.

Regardless of how much power it ends up having, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt told Top Gear that it’ll come with a dual-clutch gearbox and there will be no manual option. Explaining the decision, he revealed that the only reason was it being incredibly difficult to send this kind of torque through a manual ‘box.

In terms of aerodynamics, McLaren say that they won’t be applying any form of active technology, instead leaving the slick design to create downforce.

They have noted, however, that specific focus has been put on the front end to ensure that it creates an air curtain to protect the cabin, owing to the fact that there is predominantly no windscreen (Flewitt mentioned to Top Gear that the roadster has been designed to have a deployable screen).

There's currently no mention of when we'll be getting more updates on this mysterious new roadster but, if you follow the path that Speedtail took, you can probably expect to see a project name and then the official name of the new roadster before we see any new renders. Regardless, we’re excited to bring you more updates as they appear over the next year or so. In the meantime, we’d like to read what you think of McLaren’s mysterious new roadster! Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.