2021 McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO Review

On the occasion of Goodwood SpeedWeek currently being held at Goodwood Motor Circuit in UK, McLaren Automotive to showcase a McLaren Elva in the colors of the Gulf tanker prepared by McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

McLaren and Gulf recently announced the signing of a new partnership contract to reactivate an alliance starting in the 1960s through competitions, in the Can-Am series, in Formula 1 and in Indianapolis. Two decades later, the two brands meet again at this Le Mans 24-hour race.

This partnership means that for the brand’s customers, they will be able to order “Gulf” production facilities directly from McLaren Special Operations to equip their vehicles. The proud owner of a McLaren Senna GTR LM, which also recently ordered a livery in tribute to the 24th McLaren F1 GTR, finished fourth in the 1995 Le Mans race.

Luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive premiered the McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO, a celebration of the renewed relationship between McLaren and the Gulf Oil brand and another example of how designs from McLaren’s racing history are inspiring the brand’s modern-day customers.

“The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO is a striking celebration of both McLaren’s history in sports car racing and our new partnership with Gulf Oil. McLaren Special Operations is committed to pushing the boundaries of the ‘art of the possible’ and projects like this showcase the increasingly extensive range of personalisation options we can offer customers – in this case, enhancing the authenticity of the livery by incorporating Gulf brand logos into the design.” Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations

The Elva, which follows the McLaren P1TM, McLaren Senna and Speedtail in McLaren’s Ultimate Series, links McLaren’s heritage to its present and future with a name and style that recalls the McLaren-Elva sports racers of the 1960s. These were among the first sportscars designed and raced by Bruce McLaren and the company he founded, and the new Elva evokes the true spirit of driving enjoyment symbolised by this era.

In line with McLaren’s on-going commitment to super-lightweight engineering, the new Ultimate Series roadster retains the lightweight construction philosophy of its forebear and is at the cutting-edge of automotive technology. The body design of the screenless, roofless Elva, for example, incorporates an innovative Active Air Management System (AAMS) that creates a virtual canopy over the seamlessly-integrated cockpit. The 815PS and 800Nm developed by the 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine ensure that the Elva delivers astonishing performance and incredible levels of driving enjoyment.

With deliveries of the Elva commencing this year, MSO has already completed the specification of the first cars and is well-advanced in discussions with customers to create further dramatic paintwork and liveries. Just 149 examples of the Ultimate Series roadster will be available to customer order, making it one of the rarest McLarens ever produced and, with an almost-limitless degree of personalisation available from MSO, each car will have its own unique identity.

Elva Roadster, joining the McLaren Ultimate Series lineup alongside McLaren P1, McLaren Senna and McLaren Speedtail, evoked by its lines and architecture, is the first sports car imagined by Bruce McLaren in the 1960, just as the spirit represents that era.

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