The McLaren Elva is the latest creation by the folks at Woking, This is part of McLaren’s drive to create a new Ultimate Series roadster. Limited to just 399 units, the McLaren Elva would have an estimated price of 1,425,000 pounds. The Elva is a name derived from founder Bruce McLaren’s creations.
Whether it’s the road or track, this extreme, open-cockpit 2-seater roadster is ready for anything. With a bespoke carbon fiber chassis, the Elva has no roof, windscreen nor side windows to resemble a single-seater race car.
The McLaren Elva is a work of art, with its low nose and pronounced front fender peaks. From the rear, there are large, carbon fiber fenders that flow from the front of the door to the rear deck. Meantime, the height of the twin rear buttresses is minimized by using a deployable roll-over protection system. The system comprises a large central inlet situated above the splitter, a front clamshell outlet vent and a discreet carbon fiber deflector that raises and lowers vertically; when the Active Air Management System (AAMS), a world’s first, is active. Furthermore, the active rear spoiler and diffuser work in sync for one purpose, to better aerodynamics. In fact, every element on the car is crafted and designed in such a way to gain maximum aero. The use of carbon fiber materials is meant to lighten the car to the max and is applied everywhere inside and outside.
Looking in, the cockpit consists of more carbon fiber elements and the carbon fiber-clad seats are flanked by carbon fiber shell mouldings and doors. The seats come with six-point harness belts. Additionally, there’s a central armrest and cradle that houses the engine start button and controls for Drive, Neutral and Reverse functions.
The driver stares at an instrument cluster and multi-function steering. In a first for McLaren, the controls for the Active Dynamics functions are integrated into the instrument cluster; the dynamic mode switches are situated close to the gearshift paddles for faster response time. Additional functionality is accessed through the centrally-mounted 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen. Missing from the package is an audio system, unless the buyer insists on it. Further non-cost options include 5-Spoke super light forged alloy wheels or 10-spoke ultra-lightweight wheels with Pirelli P Zeros (normal or track tyres); and a vehicle lift system. A complete list of personalization options for the Elva are available through McLaren Special Operations (MSO).
A 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 is fitted on the Elva to punch a whopping 815PS and 800 Nm of max torque. Power is directed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox, and working in conjunction with a launch control function, the performance is breathtaking: 0 - 100km/h is reached in less than three seconds.
Suspension system for the Elva is loaded with the McLaren linked-hydraulic fully active suspension. This system offers a staggering breadth of ability on all road surfaces, with both unique software settings and bespoke springs and damper valving matched to the extremely light overall vehicle weight. Accessed through the Adaptive Dynamics Controls, the Comfort, Sport and Track modes for the handling and powertrain change the driving characteristics to suit driver mood or environment.