McLaren Automotive’s in-house personalization division, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), has created a bespoke Gulf Oil-liveried McLaren 720S. The project is part of McLaren and Gulf Oil renewed relationship announced last summer.
McLaren first partnered with Gulf Pil in both Formula 1 and Can-Am from 1968 to 1973. The alliance was revived in the 1990s with the GTC Competition team’s legendary McLaren F1 GTRs, with victory in the 1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and the GT1 Class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997. This year Gulf became the preferred lubricant supplier to McLaren Automotive, with all cars to be filled with Gulf oil and fuel optimized for high-performance engines.
A limited number of customers will have the chance to have their McLaren supercars hand-painted by MSO in Gulf livery. The exterior of the 720S features the iconic racing blue and orange colors, and the bespoke interior boasts matching blue and orange stitching with Gulf logos embroidered on the headrests and painted on the sills. The famous McLaren steering wheel incorporates a center band to match the exterior stripe in Gulf solid orange and Gulf solid dark blue on the visual carbon fiber spokes.
McLaren Automotive has firmly established itself as the pioneering supercar company within just 10 years, but the McLaren brand has a remarkable history before this and it is always great to see customers embracing famous liveries on modern McLaren supercars. The 720S in Gulf colours celebrates two high-performance brands who draw on a deep automotive and racing history that have embarked on a new strategic partnership to excite customers and fans around the world. This project is a showcase of MSO’s capabilities and echoes the recent full restoration of the McLaren F1 GTR 25R, a car raced in the 1990s. The 720S in such an evocative livery and interior finish, created in close association with Gulf, which perfectly shows the potential for our customers to work with MSO’s skilled team to personalize their McLaren. – Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
Equipped with a twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine producing up to 720PS and 770Nm of torque, the 720S can accelerate to 100km/h (62mph) from standstill in just 2.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph).
Gulf and McLaren have a relationship that dates back to 1968 and is one of the most successful and recognised partnerships. We’re proud to have worked closely with McLaren Special Operations to showcase the distinguished racing blue and fluro orange Gulf colourways on the 720S. McLaren is a brand that shares our future aspirations and our ambition for innovation, and we look forward to developing our relationship further in the years to come. – Mike Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Oil International
Its carbon fiber Monocage II offers to a class-leading lightest dry weight of 1,283kg, while Proactive Chassis Control II suspension and active aerodynamics help to deliver this impressive performance on both road and track.
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