By Nate Chapnick By Nate Chapnick | June 22, 2022 | Lifestyle
McLaren celebrated the inaugural Formula One Miami Grand Prix in grand style with five custom-wrapped 720S supercars.
The inaugural Formula One Miami Grand Prix was an automobile lover’s fantasy come to life.
Racing runs deep in McLaren’s (cars.mclaren.com) DNA. McLaren Racing was founded in 1963 by New Zealand race car driver Bruce McLaren, and the team entered its first Formula One race in 1966, quickly developing a winning reputation and racking up 20 F1 championships and three Indy 500 wins, to name just a few. This lineage became the inspiration for the creation of McLaren Automotive in 2010. Since then, the supercars made at McLaren’s state-of-the-art facility in England have quickly made a name for themselves, leaving other supercars in the rearview mirror. To celebrate McLaren’s racing heritage and the inaugural Formula One Miami Grand Prix that took place in May, McLaren developed a custom wrap for its latest supercar, the 720S. “Given that McLaren Automotive was born on the racetrack, the McLaren Racing-inspired livery is a natural fit on the 720S supercar, representing the culmination of innovation from the entire McLaren brand,” notes Roger Ormisher, vice president of communications and PR for McLaren, The Americas. Here, we take a closer look at this sleek speed machine.
McLaren is known for its distinctive Papaya Orange color, which made its public debut with the 1967 Can-Am season when team founder Bruce McLaren first used it. Inspired by the livery designs of all three McLaren Racing teams—Formula One, Extreme E and INDYCAR—the wrap features bold Fluro Papaya on the nose, roof and doors, while the rear decklid and fenders are accented in New Blue.
A new carbon fiber tub, dubbed the McLaren Monocage II, is incredibly lightweight without sacrificing strength or rigidity. This foundation makes the 720S “both lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren predecessors,” according to Ormisher. These dynamic capabilities allow for point-and-shoot performance, making anyone feel like an F1 race car driver.
Owning a McLaren is not only about the exhilarating driving experience, it’s also about the ownership experience and the exclusive access to events that McLaren keys open up. For the Miami Grand Prix, McLaren owners and VIP guests enjoyed Pirelli Hot Laps and access to the McLaren Hospitality Suite.
Carbon ceramic disc brakes provide unparalleled braking capability, stopping the 720S in just 383 feet from 124 mph.
McLaren’s 720S is powered by a heart- stopping 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, which produces 710 horsepower and 568 foot-pounds of torque. From a standstill, the 720S eviscerates the 0-to-60 mph run in just 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 212 mph. This capability was on full display for guests who buckled up for the thrilling Pirelli Hot Laps experience.
Photography by: FROM TOP: PHOTO COURTESY OF FORMULA 1® CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX; CAR PHOTOS COURTESY OF MCLAREN