McLaren has unveiled their Ultimate Series roadster and christened it as Elva. McLaren’s latest roadster is the first open-cockpit road car and is also the lightest. McLaren Elva is powered with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that offers an output of 804hp and 800 Nm of torque. Engine is mated with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and is capable to hit 0-62mph in less than 3 seconds. It takes 6.7 seconds to hit 0-124mph which makes it faster than Senna. McLaren created Elva to celebrate classic cars from 1960s such as M1A, M1B and M1C. They were customer versions of McLaren’s Group 7 race cars.
Production of McLaren Elva is limited to just 399 units and each of them is priced at $1,690,000. The new Elva is the first model to feature Active Air Management System (AAMS). This system sends air through the nose of the speedster to come out of front clamshell at high velocity ahead of the occupants. It is then directed up and over the cockpit to create some sort of virtual windshield or as McLaren claims “bubble of calm”. Since, it has no roof or windows, drivers can wear helmet but the speedster’s innovative aero won’t be uncomfortable for the occupants.
As an option, McLaren Elva is also being offered with fixed windscreen variant to most markets. Rear end of the speedster sports a full-width active spoiler that can be adjusted in height and angle to optimize aero balance and provide air-brake functionality. Rear diffuser comes with vertical fences to guide the airflow without reducing air evacuation path. It works in conjugation with rear wing and Elva features a completely flat underfloor. First customer deliveries of McLaren Elva will begin by the end of 2020.