McLaren revealed an extreme new roadster today, the McLaren Elva. With no windscreen or roof, this mad open-cockpit two-seater car joins the Ultimate Series, which also includes the P1,Senna and Speedtail. And understandably the production will be limited to 399 units only.
But what powers it, you may wonder. The Elva sources its power from a 815PS 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which helps it achieve a 0-100 km/h sprint in less than 3 seconds. Keep your right foot pinned and you’ll see it breach the 200 km/h mark in 6.7 seconds — which is even faster than the McLaren Senna!
The Elva is inspired by the original McLaren Elva racing cars from the 1960s which were designed by Bruce McLaren. True to the original racer, McLaren engineers have retained the open-to-the-elements driving experience by creating an “Active Air Management System” that compensates for the lack of a windshield by channeling the air through the nose of the Elva to come out of the front clamshell at high velocity ahead of the occupants and thereby creating a shield of air. (SCIENCE!)
A discreet carbon fibre deflector raises and lowers vertically, and when the AAMS is active, the deflector is deployed at the edge of the bonnet. At lower speeds the system can also be button-deactivated by the driver.
McLaren claims the Elva is the lightest vehicle they have ever made with the use of bespoke carbon fibre chassis, unique carbon fibre seats and a whopping 390mm sintered carbon ceramic brakes. And given its aforementioned numbers, going by which it’s bound to be a more extreme car than the Senna, the Elva’s open-cockpit driving experience should be quite special.
The Elva starts at 1,425,000 Pounds (Around 12.5 Crores) before you sit down with MSO for any optional extras. A windscreen might not be a bad idea, if you aren’t comfortable with the idea of driving without one, right? Well, you can get one; McLaren will offer the windscreen as a factory option. How times have changed, etc!