McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD: more tech for CES 2016 concept

Published: 07 January 2016

► Concept McLaren packs upgraded tech
► Gets a P1-sourced steering wheel
► HUD replaces the instrument cluster

McLaren has collaborated with JCVCKENWOOD – yes, the Hi-Fi and electronics company – to create the catchily named McLaren 675LT JVCKENWOOD Concept.

The concept is based on a prototype of the 675LT, as the limited production run of 500 cars is already sold out, and features a host of cosmetic, tech and weight saving-related tweaks.

What’s new, then?

The big changes are on the inside. Gone is the conventional instrument cluster, replaced by a heads-up display that reputedly communicates everything the driver needs.

You won’t find a conventional rear-view mirror inside, either, just a high-res display that projects an image from door-mounted cameras and a solitary rear-view camera.

Besides saving a little weight, the slim door-mounted cameras cut drag and are claimed to improve downforce at higher speeds. They also offer a wider field of view, making it easy to get a better look at what you’ve just passed.

The concept also features the steering wheel from a P1 GTR, but the IPAS and DRS buttons – systems which the 675 doesn’t have – have been replaced with position controls for the heads-up display.

Otherwise, the changes are cosmetic. You’ll find leather trim atop the dash, new fabrics and orange-coloured detailing. The centre console’s gone, too, along with the air-con system, boosting space and reducing weight further. 

So... why JVCKENWOOD?

This concept is designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the partnership between McLaren and Kenwood.

Kenwood, which merged with JVC in 2008 to become JVCKENWOOD, has supplied radio equipment to the McLaren F1 team since 1991.

Prior to the merger, Kenwood built the stereo for the McLaren F1, meeting tough goals – including cutting the weight of it by 50% and reducing the button count from 30 to five.  No mean feat, we’re sure you’ll agree.

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car

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