When McLaren began the construction of its own dedicated car company in 2009, the company began with a dedicated goal set by kingpin Ron Dennis- to create the best performance car in the world.
The basis for every McLaren has been its debut showpiece, the MPC-12C. Over the years, McLaren has developed from its original 592 horsepower base, bringing to the market 650S and 675LT, two of the fastest mid-range supercars on the market. McLaren’s unrelenting focus on Research and Development has remained a constant: almost 30% of the company’s annual revenue is reinvested in R&D, above and beyond the industry average. In developing a new £50 million composites manufacturing facility in Sheffield, McLaren has signalled its intent to carry on its mission into the future.
Out with the old, in with the new. Enter the 720S, unveiled by McLaren at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as the manufacturers latest flagship. The McLaren 720S embodies the company’s relentless quest to push the limits of possibility. Lighter, stronger, faster, the 720S is all of these and more, pushing the limits of what is possible in a supercar. The contours of the 720S are distinctly McLaren, yet the details are boldly different. Taking inspiration from the Great White Shark, the 720S represents the convergence of form and function. The smooth flow of the exterior lines manipulates onrushing air to reduce drag and cool the engine, while the slim pillars on the tear-drop shaped cabin allows for the glass canopy to flood the interior with daylight, offering unrivalled visibility to the users.
An innovation of the technology first seen in the McLaren P1 hyper-car, the MonoCage II on the 720S is a one-piece carbon fibre tube that now extends to the roof. Unique to the supercar category, this high-strength, low-weight passenger cell provides unrivalled rigidity, resulting in thrilling driving dynamics while maintaining exceptional protection for the driving team. The lightest dry weight of a 720S is 2,828 pounds, 40 lighter than the ridiculously light 650S. The monocage also allows for doors that opens as part of the roof, to allow for easier ingress and egress. Speaking of the doors, the majestic opening doors on the 720S is its most alluring feature, twin-hinged and sweeping forwards and upwards. The next thing the eye will meet is the sheer amount of glass all over the car. From the roof, large rear window and even the c-pillars, the McLaren 720S is completely covered in glass, to meet the goal of making the visibility the best out of any supercar.
But don’t let the bold exterior distract you from the strong performance the 720S displays. Powered by a reworked version of the M838T that has powered every McLaren ever built, the M840T powers up to 720, hitting 62mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed 212mph. The immense power of the 720S requires an equally responsive chassis. To meet that need, McLaren has brought into fray the Proactive Chassis Control II, from the findings of a five-year PhD course at the University of Cambridge. From a winding mountain pass to a challenging racetrack, the upgraded chassis gives the rider complete control on all road and track surfaces.
The innovation extends into the interior. A new operating system replaces the infotainment system that had been heavily criticised in the past, while the heavy use of glass makes it incredibly easy to see out of the vehicle. There's just something about the 720S that grabs on to you, more so than any Ferrari or Lamborghini we've seen recently. Discover more about the 720S, directly from McLaren.