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There’s a new entrant in the hypercar segment and it looks spectacular. The McLaren Speedtail looks more of a masterpiece than a car. The entire design is purely made with a core focus on aerodynamics and to reduce drag. When viewed from above, the car has a distinctive teardrop shape – the most speed-efficient natural form, as seen in high velocity birds and fish.

The Speedtail does not get the traditional rear wing for downforce but it gets  trailing edge integrates controllable surface elements known as ‘ailerons’ – usually found on aircraft. These extend at high speed to provide balance and provide airbrake function. Unlike traditional hinged ailerons, however, the Speedtail’s are formed from the bodywork of the tail.

the Speedtail has no wing mirrors. Instead, two discreet high-definition cameras glide out from the doors when ignition is activated. Being much smaller than traditional mirrors, they vastly reduce air turbulence. But they also provide a far wider field of vision for the driver via two screens within the cockpit.

Wheels create turbulence. As they spin, they push disrupted air away from the vehicle. This increases drag and ultimately slows a car down. Not so with the Speedtail. It features lightweight carbon fibre front wheel aero covers incorporated into the 20 inch alloys. The covers do not rotate with the wheel but stay fixed in place. This creates a flat surface that smooths airflow. It actually keeps the passing air snug to the body of the car.

The driver seat is centre mounted in the Speedtail. The central seat provides a perfectly symmetrical view of the cabin – and an uninterrupted vista of the road ahead. Everything in the Speedtail’s interior is positioned for driver convenience and betterment. With controls placed in an overhead console. And rear-view camera screens located by the windscreen A-pillars for maximum, ergonomic efficiency.

The Speedtail dashboard is clean. Pure. Gone is the visual interruption of buttons and switches. Instead, a state-of-the-art control system takes their place. Almost every control is replicated by touch-sensitive, high-definition driver displays either side of the steering wheel. Each has a separate, dedicated function. To the [left], vehicle controls. To the [right], infotainment. These are paired with additional displays fed by the car’s wing mirror cameras.

Inside the Speedtail there is room for three people. Yet, for the driver, the same interior feels like a single-seater cockpit. One in which they are truly at the heart of the action. This is not simply achieved through the central driving seat. But also through repositioning core car controls from the dashboard to an overhead console. The Speedtail weighs 1430kg of dry weight and comes with a hybrid powertrain. The total power output is 1050PS, can reach upto 403kmph and can sprint from 0-300kmph in 13 seconds. Stay tuned for more updates on the car.

 

 

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