McLaren 720S Le Mans edition celebrates 25 years since F1 GTR win

McLaren has created a special 720S Le Mans edition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of McLaren’s Le Mans race win in 1995. Special features on the 720S are inspired by the legendary F1 GTR race cars.

In 1995 McLaren won the world famous Le Mans 24 hours event, with car #59 driven by JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas, and Masanori Sekiya. Three other F1 GTRs also came in the top five. This was made even more special by the fact it was McLaren’s first attempt at the arduous event.

So, to celebrate, McLaren Automotive has put together this awesome special edition. For the exterior buyers can choose between McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey for the bodywork, while the lower sections and bumper bars are coated in Ueno Grey.

A special gloss black roof scoop is added with polycarbonate rear glazing, and the front end incorporates carbon fibre fins. There’s also gloss black body highlights. Perhaps the best element are the five-spoke LM-style wheels. These look very similar to the ones used on the iconic F1 GTR race cars.

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The interior isn’t left untouched. Buyers have a choice of two black Alcantara themes, with highlights in McLaren Orange or Dove Grey. Passengers are cradled in carbon fibre racing bucket seats that feature embroidered headrests, with ‘McLaren 25 anniversary Le Mans’ logos, and the driver uses a bespoke steering wheel that includes a 12 o’clock marking in the corresponding colour theme.

No changes are made to the powertrain. But that’s okay as the standard 720S is already one of the most powerful non-hybrid production cars on sale. It features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 530kW (720PS) and 770Nm, which helps to provide a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 2.9 seconds. This engine is actually a lot more powerful than the original 6.0-litre V12 from the F1 GTR, which produced 447kW.

McLaren is planning to build just 50 examples of the special edition. The VIN of each model will begin with 298, corresponding to the number of laps of the race-winning F1 GTR. Prices in the UK start from £254,500. The first deliveries scheduled to commence in September.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.