McLaren 675LT gets an MSO-powered Gulf Racing makeover | CAR Magazine

McLaren 675LT gets an MSO-powered Gulf Racing makeover

Published: 04 June 2018

► Based on 1997 Gulf-Davidoff GTC team F1 GTR
► Over 1000 hours to create
► Includes other MSO parts

McLaren’s MSO division may be known for creating seriously customised supercars – but this F1 GTR-inspired 675LT must be the most eye-catching yet. Commissioned as a homage to the McLaren F1 race cars that dominated endurance racing in the 90s – as well as the Le Mans GT1 class in 1997 – the new car features the famous Gulf colours, and a sprinkling of other MSO parts.

McLaren says the car took more than 1000 hours to create, but the painting of the Gulf-approved colour-scheme took 800 of those hours alone.

‘Creating a car like this unique McLaren 675LT, crafted to individual customer specification, is exactly the type of demanding commission that MSO Bespoke was formed to embrace,’ explained Ansar Ali, Managing Director, McLaren Special Operations.

Not just the paint

As you’d expect, the Gulf-liveried 675LT was commissioned by another wealthy, anonymous customer – but the paintjob isn’t the only special thing about the car: The F1 GTR-inspired McLaren runs on 20-spoke wheel  finished in Dayglo Orange, just like the original.

Louvered front wings, a roof scoop upgrade and a carbon-fibre airbrake make the 675LT look a little more like the racing GTR – and give it a hint of the performance, too. Inside, the interior features the same colour highlights as the exterior, so expect divisive Dayglo Orange seat belts.

Just like the standard car, the MSO 675LT’s twin-turbocharged V8 puts out 666bhp and 516lb ft of torque. It’ll get to 62mph from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds, and tops out at 205mph.

Read our review of the ‘standard’ 675LT here

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes