McLaren has came up with the Carbon Series LT, based on the 675LT Spider, in a limited quantity of 25 units around the globe. Staying true to the ‘Longtail’ ethos, established by the McLaren F1 in the late 1990s, the Carbon Series LT has been developed with a focus on light weight and optimized aerodynamic performance.
As with the 675LT Spider, the front bumper with larger splitter and end plates, front under body, side skirts, side intakes, lower side intakes, rear bodyside lower, rear fenders, rear deck, rear bumper, diffuser and ‘Longtail’ Airbrake are all carbon fiber but with a gloss finish revealing the inherent weave of the material. In addition, the MSO Carbon Series LT is fitted with a gloss finished carbon fiber electrically retractable roof and tonneau, A-pillars, bonnet and rear deck, side blades, complete front and rear wings, and even fuel filler flap. The McLaren Track Telemetry pack, which includes three track cameras, is fitted as standard equipment. The front wings also feature GT3-inspired functional louvres. In total, the MSO Carbon Series LT features around 40 percent additional carbon fiber parts over the standard car.
The Carbon Series LT is only the third model to wear the LT badge. The first, the 675LT Coupé, arrived last year resurrecting the ‘Longtail’ name after nearly 20 years.
Under the gloss carbon fiber skin of the Carbon Series LT sits the heavily-revised 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 powertrain from its Coupé sibling, ensuring performance figures are worthy of the LT badge. The power output and torque figures remain unchanged, with 675PS (666bhp) delivered at 7,100rpm and 700Nm available between 5,000-6,500rpm. Top speed of 326 km/h is estimated. The changes to the powertrain saw more than 50 percent of the components replaced to ensure optimized levels of power, torque and drivability. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes just 2.9 seconds, and 200 km/h is achieved in 8.1 seconds. Controlled torque delivery in first gear manages torque to 600Nm to ensure maximum acceleration, and minimizing wheel slip.
McLaren has revealed that the production of the Carbon Series LT is set to kick off by the end of the year.