McLaren Automotive may be a forward thinking company. Yet it is likewise deeply rooted in its rich heritage. This can be clearly seen in its latest offering, the McLaren Elva Gulf Theme, which was presented at this year’s Goodwood SpeedWeek.
Taking its cue from the likes of the P1, Senna, and Speedtail, McLaren’s Ultimate Speed Series links the storied past to the present and even to the future. The lightweight screenless and roofless speedster packs a unique Air Management System that acts as a canopy to protect occupants from the elements.
Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 815bhp and 590lb-ft of torque, the mill promises tremendous straight line speed and power in all driving situations.
But what really makes this number special is that Gulf Theme. Motorsport fans old enough may recall the partnership between McLaren Automotive and Gulf Oil that dates as far back as the 1960s when Gulf’s livery would be seen on McLaren’s Can-Am, Formula 1, and Indy cars of the era. This once again took place in the 1980s with the McLaren F1 GTR, as well as Gulf liveries appearing at Le Mans.
Today, customers can order cars like the Elva with Gulf Theme liveries, just like the blue and orange seen on this particular example presented at Goodwood. Penned by MSO, each design harks back to an era of racing and motorsport at its purest.
With McLaren’s lightweight philosophy mixed with modern technology, clients can experience this each time they get behind the wheel, even for a spirited drive out in the country. And they have the looks to match.