2014 McLaren 12C

Jan 20th
Heritage can be a big asset in the automotive world, but when a company has some of the best racing engineers in its employ, perhaps it is best to start with a blank sheet of paper. McLaren is in that enviable position. This brand's heritage springs from its racing history, and there is the legendary F1. In the 1990s, it…
2017 McLaren 570GT

Jan 10th
An entire industry has emerged to tell rich people what luxury is—and how they can spend more of their money on it. Not long ago this was an easy question to both ask and answer for almost any object: Is it made of gold and/or can I encrust it with diamonds? Yet modern moguls are no longer content with mere…
2012 McLaren MP4-12C

Dec 21st
The McLaren MP4-12C needed only 100 yards to make clear that it won’t play by Enzo’s supercar rules. Pain is not part of the deal. Bumps don’t jangle its nerves. The engine and transmission do their business without a fuss. We expected the MP4 to be quick and track-hungry, but the baby-carriage ride we noted with the “normal” chassis mode—engaged…
2018 McLaren 720S

Dec 12th
To go faster, simplify, then add lightness. While Colin Chapman’s still-quoted adage defined the early years of Lotus, his fellow garagista Bruce McLaren took a subtly different tack as his fledging team came to dominate Can-Am racing in the late 1960s with a succession of increasingly brawny Chevrolet V-8–powered monsters: Add lightness, then add more power.Bruce and Colin are no…
2016 McLaren 570S

Nov 17th
Cut the kids’ allowance and halt the 401k contributions. Meat and alcohol are out; your new diet consists of rice, beans, and ketchup packets lifted from the office cafeteria. That extra bedroom can print cash via Airbnb, and your bodily fluids can legally bring at least $200 a month. Who needs cable or an iPhone when you’re living in the…
2016 McLaren 650S / 675LT

Nov 16th
This is a great time to be a billionaire gearhead, no question. Manufacturers are practically tripping over each other to bring their adjective-stretching hypercars to market, complete with their four-figure power outputs and seven-digit prices. This is a golden era for those with bottomless pockets and an urge to go very, very quickly.But what about those who are fractionally further…
2015 McLaren 650S

Nov 9th
Turning off the stability control in a 641-hp, rear-wheel-drive supercar with summer tires in wet, sloppy weather on a 3.4-mile, 26-turn track can be a little nerve-wracking, but that’s what is about to happen as we enter our third lap of the Ascari racetrack in southern Spain. We’re at the helm of the new McLaren 650S, and at our right…
2014 McLaren P1

Nov 7th
Here is a rough transcript of what I uttered when I first unleashed the full 903 horsepower of the McLaren P1: “[Cackle, cackle] Holy [bleep]! That’s . . . [cackle]. I, uh . . . wow. [cackle].”It was about then that my co-driver reminded me of the pending terminus of the airport runway on which we were driving and the…