The McLaren 650S Le Mans is offered in Coupé version only, along with a number of styling enhancements taken from the iconic McLaren F1 GTR (no.59); most notably the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake. This fully-integrated ‘snorkel’ channels airflow to the familiar 3.8-liter 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.
In addition, there are plenty of visual carbon fiber features throughout the limited edition variant, including the front splitter and rear bumper. The limited edition Coupés also feature extended side blades and the distinctive rear diffuser. The unique look of the McLaren 650S Le Mans exterior is further enhanced by the metallic Sarthe Grey exterior paint color, inspired by the color of the race-winning McLaren F1 GTR. 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 door blades, while an internal dedication plate on the door card identifies the limited nature of this special variant.
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 wheels wear the McLaren-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres and are mounted in front of carbon ceramic brakes as standard, with McLaren Orange callipers.
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 center. A Le Mans logo is embossed on the headrest of each seat, and on the unique floor mats, paying further homage to the anniversary.
Power and torque figures for the McLaren 650S Le Mans remain unchanged from the standard production version, producing 650PS (641 bhp) and 678 Nm (500 lb ft) of torque. This enables a sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds and a top speed rating of 333 km/h (207 mph).
McLaren 650S Le Mans pays homage to the McLaren F1
Every one of the 106 McLaren F1s built has a story to tell, with those wearing a ‘GTR’ badge boasting a lineage back to one of the most famous results in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the chequered flag fell at the end of the 1995 race, five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the line to finish 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th. In honor of this achievement, five special editions of the McLaren F1, badged the McLaren F1 LM, were commissioned, one for each of the cars that finished. 20 years on, MSO has released the first details of a special edition 650S, built to celebrate the anniversary of this result.
Only 50 units of the McLaren 650S Le Mans are valid in the world, with a starting price of 244,500 pounds. Deliveries are expected to commence in mid-2015.