McLaren’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), has unveiled its limited edition Carbon Series LT.
Based on the 675LT Spider and limited to just 25 units globally – all spoke for – the Carbon Series LT was created in response to requests McLaren customers captivated by the carbon fibre bodies McLaren P1.
Its entire body is clad in unique gloss finish carbon fibre panels that reveal the inherent weave of the material. These include the front bumper complete with larger splitter and end plates, front under body, side skirts, side intakes, lower side intakes, rear bodyside lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake.
Additionally, the Carbon Series LT is fitted with a gloss finished carbon fibre electrically retractable roof and tonneau, A-pillars, bonnets and rear desk, side blades, complete front and rear wings and even the fuel filler flap.
Besides the lightweight materials, the bespoke supercar also comes with the McLaren Track Telemetry pack as standard, which includes three track cameras. Elsewhere, the front wings feature GT3-inspired functional louvres.
According to McLaren, the Carbon Series LT features around 40 percent additional carbon fibre parts over the standard car, requiring significant additional development work by the team of MSO craftsmen. It is therefore not possible to retro-fit the gloss carbon fibre body to an already ordered 675LT Spider and the 25 units supplement the previously announced 500 editions of the standard car that sold out in weeks after the car’s debut on December 4, 2015
Under the gloss carbon fibre skin of the MSO Carbon Series LT sits the heavily-revised 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 powertrain from its Coupé sibling. Power output and torque figures remain unchanged, with 496kW (675PS) delivered at 7,100rpm and 700Nm (516lb ft) available between 5,000-6,500rpm. The changes to the powertrain saw more than 50 percent of the components replaced to ensure optimised levels of power, torque and drivability. These include new, more efficient turbos, detail design changes to the cylinder heads and exhaust manifolds, new camshaft and lightweight connecting rods, and a faster-flowing fuel pump and delivery system.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is said to take just 2.9 seconds, and 200 km/h (124 mph) is claimed to be 8.1 seconds – giving away only 0.2 seconds to the more aerodynamically optimised and lighter Coupé. Controlled torque delivery in first gear manages torque to 600Nm (443lb ft) to ensure maximum acceleration, and minimising wheel slip. Top speed is 326 km/h (203 mph).
First deliveries of the McLaren Carbon Series LT is expected before the end of 2016.