We weren’t of the opinion that supercar manufacturer McLaren was in need of a special operations division (MSO) but clearly the British marque did. As the name suggest the McLaren Special Operation wing is in charge of taking a ‘normal’ McLaren model and customising it to any given customers specification.
MSO will be showcasing some of the work that it can do when it shows off the two bespoke 570S Coupé models at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first 570S Coupé is finished in a special Mauvine Blue paint with a Carbon Black leather interior. The second 570S Coupé comes in a beautiful Ventura Orange and fitted with a selection of styling details from the MSO Defined range of options.
Super Series models
The 570S forms part of the McLaren Super Series range. Also included in this range are two limited edition models. The 675LT is the lightest and most track-focused, yet road legal, model in the series. Production of the coupé-only model is strictly limited to 500 examples worldwide all of which have now been assigned to customers. With a top speed of 330km/h, a 0-100 km/h time of 2.9 seconds, and a 0-200km/h time of 7.9 seconds the LT means business.
Also a part of this series is the 650S Le Mans which has been created by MSO to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren victory at the famous French endurance race. This model is limited to 50 examples, which have all been sold. The car features design elements that hark back to the McLaren F1 GTR chassis #01R such a roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake, front wing extensions and lightweight alloy wheels are styled around the design of the iconic 1995 racer.
Homage to a former champ
The final model to grace the McLaren stand will be the 1996 McLaren F1 GTR. Being displayed by McLaren Automotive, on loan from BMW North America who sponsored the car during its debut season, chassis #17R was campaigned by Team Bigazzi and competed at various races through the season including finishing eighth at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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