For McLaren 675LT owners who desire even higher levels of distinction and exclusivity in their cars, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) stands ready to meet these bespoke requirements, taking pride in fulfilling even the most complex design briefs. A valued client recently commissioned MSO to produce a road-going homage to the McLaren F1 GTRs which achieved significant successes in 1990s endurance racing, having won the 1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and clinched second and third overall along with the GT Class win at the 24 hours 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans. This has culminated in the creation of a unique McLaren 675LT colloquially known as the 675LTTJ, combining one of the most famous F1 GTR racing liveries with bespoke features in accordance with the customer’s brief.
McLaren Special Operations’ Managing Director Ansar Ali explained, “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. Transforming the existing car from its original single colour paintwork to a tribute to the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ in Gulf Racing livery was incredibly demanding in its own right, but was only part of the brief; we also replaced numerous standard 675LT components with MSO parts and further personalized the car to clearly identify it with its owner, a service that an increasing number of MSO customers request.”
The basis for this bespoke project is 675LT Production Prototype #PP461, first encountered by us in 2015 during a setup day for the Pure McLaren Sepang event where it was one of 2 675LT prototypes utilized to expose McLaren’s prospective Southeast Asian clients to the most hardcore member of the first generation Super Series family; suffice to say that they were most impressed. Following its transformation at MSO, the 675LTTJ now features an exterior livery which pays direct homage to that worn by GTC Competition’s 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ chassis’ #20R and #22R with their distinctive Gulf Racing and Team Davidoff colors. #20R’s racing accomplishments include a commendable 2nd overall finish at the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans and 3rd overall in the 1997 FIA GT Teams’ Championship, while #22R won the 1997 6 Hours of Vallelunga and the 1998 1000km of Monza.
Gulf Oil International Ltd gave consent for its iconic racing livery colors to be used, and the bespoke project was completed over more than 1,000 hours of MSO’s time. More than 800 of those hours went into the paintwork alone, including airbrushing for certain details. As a result, the 675LTTJ’s light blue, black and red exterior hues, along with its trademark orange center stripe, invoke memories of the Gulf Racing / Team Davidoff-liveried F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ racers with their proven competition success. Its 20-spoke 675LT Spider wheels are finished in Dayglo Orange, as are the sill badges bearing its model designation. Finished in body color, other exterior highlights comprise MSO’s louvered front wings, roof scoop upgrade and carbon fiber LT airbrake from the 675LT option range.
Complementing the exterior theme, this 675LT’s interior has been personalized with Carbon Black MSO Bespoke Alcantara racing seats featuring the owner’s initials embroidered in blue into the headrest, along with orange and blue contrast stitching, and MSO Defined orange seat belts. Gulf Blue also adorns the Active Dynamics Panel’s handling and powertrain bezels, while the stop/start button surround and HVAC vent bezel surrounds are finished in Gulf Orange. Mechanical specifications are as impressive as the rest of the 675LT family; powered by McLaren’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing up to 675PS (666bhp) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque, it is capable of a 2.9 second sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph) and a 330km/h (205mph) maximum speed.