McLaren is opening a new chapter for their “Longtail” series with the introduction of the 765LT—a car so obsessed with losing weight, the carmaker’s engineers went through excessive lengths just for the grams.
Starting with the body itself, the McLaren 765LT uses carbon fiber extensively—everything from the front splitter, bumper, front floor, side skirts, rear bumper, rear wing, and diffuser is all made of the stuff. Hell, even the license plate holder is carbon fiber, too. The exhaust gets a full titanium makeover and deletes the finisher all for weight savings.
All this obsession allowed McLaren to shave 80 kilograms (curb weight is 1,229 kilograms) over the 720S on which it’s based on.
Then, it gets McLaren’s 4.0-liter twin turbo V8. Using learnings from the McLaren Senna, power is at 765 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. Together with its 7-speed dual clutch, the 765LT does 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, while 200 km/h arrives in just 7.2 seconds. Power to weight ratio? 622 horsepower per ton—bettering its class rivals by more than 50 horsepower per ton.
- Lithium-ion battery: 3 kg
- Carbon fiber fenders: 1.2 kg
- Carbon fiber shelled racing seats: 18 kg
- Lightweight center tunnel: 1.4 kg
- Full titanium exhaust: 3.8 kg
- Ultra-lightweight forged wheels with titanium wheel bolts: 22 kg
- Suspension helper springs: 1.5 kg
- Deletion of audio system: 1.5 kg