Rear wing features a famous Bruce McLaren quote.
McLaren Special Operations (MSO) was tasked to build a one-off version of the 720S Coupe for a special client who wanted his prized possession to be truly special. The supercar from Woking has an elegant black paint finished with a satin look and rides on gold-colored alloy wheels. It also boasts a 24-carat gold engine heatshield, but it’s the rear wing that catches the attention and makes the car stand out from all of the other 720s coupes.
It contains a quote from none other than company founder, Bruce McLaren, and it required an extra 30 hours of work to finish off the rear wing after using stencils to make the gold lettering as beautiful as possible. This is the quote commissioned by the car’s owner, taken from Bruce McLaren's “From the Cockpit” autobiography published in 1964:
“To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one's ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
An extra 90 hours were necessary to make all of the other customizations, including here the gold inserts for the cabin to complement the tweaks made on the outside. Aside from requesting this high level of personalization, the owner also wanted a multitude of other upgrades. These include a plethora of carbon fiber components, such as the front splitter, air intakes, roof, rear bumper, and diffuser. Even the door mirror arms and the engine cover have received the carbon fiber treatment, and so did the rear aero bridge.
It’s a similar story on the inside where aside from the gold accents noticeable on the gearshift paddles, steering wheel, and door panels, the one-of-one 720S has carbon fiber inserts on the sill panels, air vents, and steering wheel.
The unique McLaren will be on display at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show until Saturday, November 18 and right after that its rightful owner will finally get to drive it home.
Gallery: McLaren 720S black and gold by MSO
Dubai debut for unique satin black and gold MSO Bespoke McLaren 720S inspired by the words of Bruce McLaren
- Unique McLaren 720S built to order as a commission from McLaren Special Operations (MSO)
- Unveiled on the McLaren stand at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show
- MSO-designed satin finish black paintwork and gold-coloured wheels and interior components
- Rear wing features a famous Bruce McLaren quote, painted in gold Arabic script stylised to echo the Dubai skyline
A unique McLaren 720S supercar designed by McLaren Operations (MSO) is the centrepiece of the McLaren display at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show, which takes place November 14 – 18.
Created as an MSO Bespoke commission, the service from McLaren Special Operations that allows almost limitless enhancement and personalisation of McLaren cars, the 720S is in Zenith Black paint with a satin finish. Gold-coloured alloy wheels, a 24-carat gold engine heatshield and gold-coloured interior components complement the exterior colour.
A plaque inside the car identifies it as a ‘1 of 1’ MSO commission, a fact also communicated by the unique rear wing that bears part of a famous quote* by McLaren founder, Bruce McLaren: ‘Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone’, is painted across the upper surface of the wing in gold Arabic lettering, stylised to echo the Dubai city skyline.
The theme of ‘achievement’ was a key sentiment behind the commission, as Andreas Bareis, Managing Director Middle East, Africa & Latin America for McLaren Automotive, explained: “The quote from Bruce McLaren rings true not only of the history of McLaren, but also the achievements of the UAE and the Gulf states over the last four decades. The UAE and the region are very important to McLaren, not only in terms of our client base, but also because of the support from our shareholders. This car pays tribute to that.”
To personalise the car added more than 120 hours to the production process. The rear wing alone took 30 hours to complete, using stencils produced by the MSO design visualisation team to achieve the desired dramatic visual impact of the gold lettering.
With McLaren 720S Performance specification as the starting point – and in addition to the MSO Bespoke elements – the commission added carbon fibre exterior upgrade packs that together encompass the front splitter and air intakes, rear bumper and roof panel. The rear diffuser is also a carbon fibre option, while the door mirror arms, rear aero bridge and deck and engine covers are all from the MSO Defined range of carbon fibre components.
The interior of the car is equally special: black Alcantara® and black leather trim are complemented by MSO Defined carbon fibre sill panels, fascia vents and steering wheel, in addition to a regular carbon fibre interior upgrade pack. The MSO Bespoke team added satin gold-painted extended gearshift paddles, a satin gold-coloured centre band to the steering wheel and pinstriping in the same hue to the spokes. A gold-coloured applique on each door inner completes the visual treatment.
The new owner of the MSO Bespoke McLaren 720S on display at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show will take delivery of the car from McLaren Dubai when the Show finishes. They will enjoy a McLaren supercar powered by a 4.0 V8 twin-turbocharged engine and capable of accelerating from 0 – 200km/h (0 – 124mph) in just 7.8 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 341km/h (212mph).