THE new Artura, McLaren’s first series high-performance hybrid supercar, will headline the brand’s display at the British Motor Show in Farnborough this weekend.
Dazzling in its Ember Orange paint job, the Artura is the first car in its class to embrace electrification.
Using technology first developed for the Ultimate Series P1 and Speedtail hybrid hypercars, the plug-in hybrid Artura delivers seismic performance while also capable of low emissions and up to 18 miles of quiet running in electric-only mode.
Priced from £185,500, the model debuts a lightweight carbon fibre-based body – built at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield – and an all-new powertrain of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine assisted by a 94bhp motor.
Combined output of 680PS and 720Nm of torque enables blistering acceleration of 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.3 seconds and 0-186mph in 21.5 seconds.
Joining the Artura at the show will be the full range of McLaren series production cars, including the 720S in both Coupe and Spider form.
Appearing in Storm Grey, the 720S remains the benchmark supercar with a twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine generating 720PS and carbon fibre chassis with Proactive Chassis Control II suspension and active aerodynamics.
The 720S Spider – presented in Papaya Spark – adds a one-piece retractable hard top that opens and closes in 11 seconds yet is less than 50kg heavier than the coupe and with equally capable dynamics.
Also on display at the show will be a McLaren GT finished in Serpentine, which combines the McLaren driving experience with everyday usability – from its 570-litre luggage capacity to its Bowers & Wilkins sound system.
Meanwhile, British coachbuilding specialist Radford has unveiled its Type 62-2 sports car in Gold Leaf livery at the exclusive Quail Lodge show in California.
Based on the Lotus Type 62-2 from the 1960s, the car is limited to just 62 examples worldwide, with each model built precisely to its individual owner’s desired specification.
And of those 62 cars only a dozen will be Gold liveried, with more than half the cars already allocated to owners.
The Gold Leaf Type 62-2 ‘Quail Edition’ is the most extreme version and sits alongside the ‘Classic’ version, which provides subtle design cues to the original Type 62 Lotus car.
It also wears a modern twist on the iconic Gold Leaf livery, which is one of the most famous and liveries ever to grace a Formula 1 car.
Its red, white and gold colour scheme was applied after Colin Chapman signed a huge deal with Gold Leaf and is most well-known on the Type 49B raced by Graham Hill during the 1968 season.
Production of the Radford Type 62-2 begins later this year, with first deliveries being made in 2022.