The car's excellent aerodynamics and low weight – plus other surprising innovations – allow this McLaren vehicle to fly.
The McLaren Speedtail is the brand's fastest car ever. After several tests attesting to a maximum speed of 403 km / h more than 30 times, the British manufacturer has now decided to make some revelations about the secrets that make this car (practically) fly.
According to the Forbes, the aerodynamics and low weight construction of this vehicle are an almost perfect combination that have “fundamental” exponent in the “electric motorization system created for racing”, advances the brand.
The system incorporates pioneering technology in batteries that set a new benchmark in hybridized efficiency translated into either a maximum speed of 403 km / h or an acceleration power: from 0 to 300 km / h in just 13 seconds.
The M840TQ powerplant comprises a 4.0 liter V8 internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Together, they generate a combined power of 1,070 hp and a maximum torque of 1,150 Nm. The V8 engine features technology that evolved from the first hybrid hypercar of this brand, the McLaren P1.
The electric motor uses Formula E technology that generates more than 230 kW (308 hp) "giving the Speedtail the best performance – including cooling and integration – of an electric motor currently in use in a production car", reveals McLaren.
The energy storage system is “where the Speedtail innovates”, as it uses a high-power cylindrical cell, arranged in a single set, which is “extremely compact and delivers the best power-to-weight ratio of any high-voltage battery ”.
Finally, the design of the car and the integration of the battery "allows the Speedtail to reach its maximum speed through intelligent energy distribution", achieving that the cells have a higher and more lasting performance due to the dielectric cooling process.
This car has a limited production of only 106 units, which are already booked. The price is around two million euros.