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McLaren 650S

When New Zealander Bruce McLaren started his own racing team, he needed a name. Check! He needed a car. Check! He needed a driver (him). Check! However, he was missing two essential things: A color, and a logo. His choice went for the kiwi (still not the fruit...) that is his home country’s national symbol, and his chose the orange color that is now known as the “Mclaren Orange”. Being very successful at racing, the now British team, was to become the second most successful team in Formula 1. Even after his death, the legacy goes one. In the 90s, they attempted their first road car called the F1 that had one objective: Being the best in the world. Eventually, it destroyed all competition and became a myth, a rarity, and one of the most expensive cars you can find (if you can find one). In 2009 they reattempted the same objective but on a much bigger scale. The MP4-12C was born. The model I am reviewing here is its direct descendant. They dropped the complicated name, added power, reduced weight, increased down force, and voilà: 650S. Finished in this rather amazing “Mclaren Orange” (still not a fruit…), the 650S has technology that was directly engineered by people who work on Formula 1 cars. It has a carbon fiber chassis shaped like a bathtub (like in F1) that helps saving a lot of weight, and an engine that was developed in-house. A 3.8l bi-turbo V8 that develops, you guessed it, 650 horsepower. It is fast, oh my G, it’s fast.

Presentation Perego 650S.pdf