McLaren has announced a limited edition '650S Le Mans' to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has released the first details of the special edition 650S while stating that only 50 units of the limited edition will be available globally. The design would be inspired by the race-winning #59 McLaren F1 GTR. McLaren 650S Le Mans will be offered as a coupé only and deliveries will commence in mid-2015.
Designed by MSO in consultation with Peter Stevens, the designer of the iconic McLaren F1, the McLaren 650S Le Mans will borrow a number of styling enhancements from the iconic race-winner, most notably the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake. This fully-integrated ‘snorkel’ channels airflow to the familiar 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine, while also providing enhanced aural drama within the cabin, while the front wings feature subtle louvres to reduce pressure over the front wheels, increasing downforce. The unique look of the McLaren 650S Le Mans exterior is further enhanced by the metallic Sarthe Grey exterior paint colour, inspired by the colour of the race-winning McLaren F1 GTR.
The unique ‘Le Mans Edition’ lightweight wheels – 19-inch at the front, 20-inch at the rear – are styled around the design of the motorsport rims fitted to the 1995 racers. The rims wear the McLaren-developed Pirelli P Zero™ Corsa tyres and are mounted in front of carbon ceramic brakes as standard, with McLaren Orange callipers. Power and torque figures for the McLaren 650S Le Mans remain unchanged from the standard production model, producing 641 bhp of power and 678 Nm of torque. This sprint from 0-100kmph is achieved in just three seconds and the top speed is 333 kmph. Visual carbon fibre features throughout the limited edition model, including the front splitter and rear bumper. The limited edition coupés also feature MSO-developed extended side blades and the distinctive MSO rear diffuser.
A splash of the famous McLaren Orange in the form of the ‘Le Mans’ logo adorns the wheels and the trailing edge of the extended MSO door blades, while an internal dedication plate on the door card identifies the limited nature of the model. The interior is swathed in black leather and Alcantara®, while a pair of sports seats are finished in black with contrasting McLaren Orange Alcantara in the centre. A Le Mans logo is embossed on the headrest of each seat, and on the unique floor mats, paying further homage to the anniversary. The McLaren 650S Le Mans would be available globally at a whopping price of £244,500 (Around Rs. 1.50 Crore). Owners of the McLaren 650S Le Mans will receive an exclusive invitation for the owner plus a guest to join McLaren at a 20th anniversary celebration of the famous victory at the historic Le Mans circuit courtesy of McLaren.