As the chequered flag fell at the end of the 1995 Le Mans race, five McLaren
F1 GTRs crossed the line to finish 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th. In honor of this
achievement, five special editions of the McLaren F1, badged the McLaren F1 LM,
were commissioned - one for each of the cars that finished.
20 years after this success, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has unveiled a special edition 650S, built to celebrate the anniversary of this result. Only 50 McLaren 650S Le Mans will be available globally, with a design inspired by the race-winning #59 McLaren F1 GTR.
Deliveries are due to commence mid-2015.
The 2015 McLaren 650S Le Mans will be available around the world, priced at 244,500 GBP in the UK. That's around 50,000 GBP more than a base 650S. McLaren hasn't officially released the car's price in the US, but we expect it to be around $333,000.
F1 GTR-Inspired Exterior Design
Designed by MSO in consultation with Peter Stevens, the designer of the iconic McLaren F1, the McLaren 650S Le Mans will be offered as a coupé only, and will borrow a number of styling enhancements from the iconic race-winner, most notably the roof-mounted 'snorkel' air intake. This fully-integrated 'snorkel' channels airflow to the familiar 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 engine, while also providing enhanced aural drama within the cabin, while the front wings feature subtle louvres to reduce pressure over the front wheels, increasing downforce. The unique 'Le Mans Edition' lightweight wheels - 19-inch at the front, 20-inch at the rear - are styled around the design of the motorsport rims fitted to the 1995 racers. The rims wear the McLaren-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and are mounted in front of carbon ceramic brakes as standard, with McLaren Orange calipers.
Commenting on the McLaren 650S Le Mans, Stevens explains: "The design of the McLaren F1 rewrote the rulebook. It was intended to offer the ultimate, no compromise road driving experience. The fact that it was transformed into a racer, and a race winner, was true testament to the strength and integrity of the original design, which is something I am very proud of.
"With a mix of subtle design traits, the 650S Le Mans adds a modern twist by blending the iconic lines of the McLaren F1, and heritage features such as the wing louvres and the roof-mounted air intake, with groundbreaking technologies. It is a fantastic homage to that original design, and to the incredible race result achieved by the team in 1995 at one of the most difficult, and most challenging races in the world."