McLaren Speedtail revealed and it gets gear-selector button on the roof!

2019 McLaren Speedtail images leak

The 106 F1s that originally sold for a then-whopping $800,000 are worth $15 million or more today.

Unlike rival hypercars like the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One, the Speedtail isn't designed for carving up racetracks, although with an available 1,035 horsepower it will still put in blistering lap times. The F1, and what it represents, is at the heart of McLaren Automotive thinking.

The design is sure to prove controversial, although fans of form following function will be having a field day. The automaker says the Speedtail is its most aerodynamic creation ever, and that this was its "singleminded vision" - not hard to believe, looking at it: "A jaw-dropping elongated body makes it as much a work of art as a masterpiece of technology". It seems like that would actually be better than traditional mirrors, but in the eyes of US regulators, no mirrors mean you don't drive on the road, period. The Speedtail uses rear-facing cameras instead, a design that unfortunately means the vehicle isn't street legal in the United States. The front wheels have large, smooth carbon-fiber aero-covers that remain fixed as the wheels rotate, to smooth out turbulence from the wheels. Typically, the revolution of a wheel drives air away from the vehicle, but the static wheel covers keep the air attached to the auto and guides it rearward along the flanks. "A ground-breaking hybrid powertrain sits within a lightweight carbon fiber body reminiscent of sleek "streamliners" that once set world speed records, while the luxurious three-seat cockpit offers a sublime combination of an incredible driving experience, unmatched individualism and innovative materials never seen before in a road-going vehicle". There's still some heft here, with McLaren quoting a weight of 3,153 pounds, due mostly to the hybrid powertrain. McLaren is yet to reveal details on the powertrain but it is expected to combine a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with an electric motor or two.

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The Speedtail has three seats arranged in a triangle.

USA buyers have a few extra hoops: Our safety regs don't allow the seating layout, nor the retractable high-def digital cameras that replace door mirrors. Powered by a hybrid powertrain of electric and petrol engines, the vehicle can produce 1,050 horsepower and accelerate to a top speed of 250 miles per hour in high-speed mode, with a 0-186 miles per hour time of only 12.8 seconds.

Compared to the brutal McLaren Senna, the Speedtail adopts an elegant, aerodynamic shape created to minimize drag and maximize top speed.

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