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Is that powerful blur that just flashes past you on the roadway a McLaren? If you own one of these impressive speedsters, you know that blur, and you want to make sure it is protected with specialty insurance like the kind we provide at Classic Auto Insurance.
McLaren Group is globally renowned for designing some of the world’s greatest supercars. After Bruce McLaren wins his first grand prix at the age of 22, he and his company, McLaren Racing, not only pioneer and innovate impressive feats of Formula 1 technology, he and his racing team go on to win 20 World Championships, including motorsport’s Triple Crown: the F1 title, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans. From 1967 to 1971, McLaren cars win 37 of 43 races.
Racing Innovation for Everyone
After the NASCAR series switches to electronic engine control units (ECUs), McLaren is ready with specialized technology. Every single NASCAR team is powered by McLaren and the company supplies ECUs to every IndyCar and F1 team – changing the course of autosports. McLaren data management software can even be found in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
McLarens Have A Racer’s Heart
McLaren Automotive is inspired by Bruce McLaren’s racing legacy and his determination “to push the limits of the possible” with the production of high-tech, high-performance vehicles for the open road. They say the McLaren F1 redefines what a supercar could be … that it’s so unbelievably comfortable that owners like Paul McCartney and Rowan Atkinson drive theirs everywhere. It’s probably true.
Customized Policies to Fit Your Needs
When you own a McLaren supercar, you want to protect it. At Classic Auto Insurance, we get that and can help you find the perfect coverage. We offer customizable policies that are not just a one size fits all. Our customizable McLaren insurance plans are tailored to each individual customer and your vehicle to fit your needs.
Agreed Value Not Stated Value
At Classic Auto Insurance, we offer you Agreed Value coverage on your McLaren. Unlike other insurance companies who want to tell you what your car is worth, we will work with you to determine the real value of your car and write a policy based on that price. In the event your McLaren is totaled in a covered loss, you will receive the exact agreed-upon value on your policy minus your deductible.
Flexible Plans and Rollover Miles
Choose from one of our three mileage plans -1,000, 3,000 or 6,000 miles- to tailor your McLaren insurance policy to your needs. For example, say you plan travel to Monterey for the car show, but the plans never come together. No problem – Classic Auto Insurance offers rollover miles from one year’s policy to the next. We understand plans change and we don’t feel you should lose miles just because you didn’t use them.
Classic Auto Insurance – Affordable Rates for Your Peace of Mind
In addition to Agreed Value, our “Inflation Guard” provides an automatic increase in vehicle coverage every quarter, throughout the policy term, so you don’t have to worry your McLaren may be underinsured. This is just another way we offer peace of mind to Classic Auto customers.
McLaren Roadside Assistance – Call Anytime
Your McLaren is built for speed – but that doesn’t mean you will never find yourself broken down on the side of the road. No need to worry – your Classic Auto Insurance policy includes nationwide McLaren roadside assistance with guaranteed flatbed towing. We are just a phone call away.
Track Day Insurance
If you want to drive your McLaren on a race track, we can protect you and your car with an OpenTrack policy, the first and only on-demand daily on-track insurance solution designed for high-valued cars, supercars and exotics.
McLaren’s Unique Powerful High Performance
Developed by racing design icon Gordon Murray, the McLaren F1 is absolutely legendary in the automotive world. Among many design innovations, it has a three-seater interior where the driver sits in the middle and the passengers get an up-close view out the front window.
And that front view could be terrifying, based on an early test-drive of the F1. A road test in Namibia resulted in a vehicle roll when the driver hit a rock at high speed – but he escaped completely unscathed, showing the safety of the car’s unusual and beautiful design.
The McLaren F1 used materials that were revolutionizing the sports car world in 1998, including carbon fiber, titanium, gold, magnesium, and Kevlar. This was one of the first production cars to use a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, which gave it a combination of strength and lightweight maneuverability while still qualifying as street legal in most places around the world.
Its aerodynamic design was intended to allow it to slip through the air without interference by spoilers or wings. McLaren’s engineers gave it a 6.1-liter, V-12 engine with 629 horsepower and a top speed of more than 230 mph. This seemed almost unbelievable in an era when most supercars’ manufacturers were proudly boasting about 200 mph speeds.
When the F1 debuted, you could buy one for $815,000 if you were among the elite McLaren collectors in the world. Today, you’d pay many millions of dollars. Famous F1 owners have included Jay Leno, George Harrison, Ralph Lauren, Elon Musk, and the Sultan of Brunei.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
When McLaren decided to add a touring car to their lineup, they partnered with Mercedes-Benz as a tip-of-the-hat to one of the world’s best luxury carmakers. It helped that Mercedes also had 40% ownership in McLaren at the time.
The first of these vehicles rolled off the production line in 2003 and the last in 2010, although the “SLR” was dropped from the name in 2008 during a period of design changes. Over time, McLaren produced coupes, roadsters, and speedsters as part of the line, plus a limited edition “Silver Arrow” version for a select few buyers.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren’s middle name is Sport Leicht Rennsport, which means Sport Light Racing. It’s certainly lightweight and was given a carbon-fiber body, a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8, a 5-speed AMG speedshift auto transmission, and a Sensotronic air braking system that could slow it down after reaching 200+ mph.
Pop-up butterfly doors made this car seem more like a spaceship than a touring car for many of its buyers. Still, its front-mid-engine and looming body type gave it a reputation as more of a grand touring car than a supercar, despite its ability to reach breakneck speeds.
Most people just call it the 12C, but its full name is the McLaren MP4-12C and it was the first production sports car fully built by McLaren from end to end. It launched in 2011 and embodied a design miracle for McLaren, which took its wholly-molded carbon-fiber body from 4,000 production-hours to just 4 hours before producing the cars en masse.
The 12C inherited the best technology from decades of Formula 1 racing, including “brake steer” action that adjusts the car’s braking around corners to allow fast speeds despite direction changes. Its engine is a powerful McLaren M838T 3.8 L twin-turbocharged V8, mounted longitudinally, and it uses a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
According to McLaren lore, this car was secretly based on a Ferrari 360, and an actual Ferrari purchased by McLaren sat in the company’s development headquarters while designers examined its frame, body, braking, suspension, exhaust system, heat management system, and performance. The result was a McLaren masterpiece that could slice through the air at extremely high speeds. Time tests of the era proved it to be the third-fastest verified time for a stock production sports car.
Want to own one? Although this car has a legion of devoted fans, it has remained surprisingly affordable in the collector market if you can find one. Hagerty calls it “the most cost-effective way to get behind the wheel of a McLaren.”
The legacy successor to the F1, the P1 uses Formula 1 technology. But McLaren opted not to use the same three-seater layout as the F1 so famously had, to the disappointment of some fans. Regardless, McLaren buyers snapped it up so fast, all available P1s were sold out within a month when it made its debut in October of 2013.
The P1’s “sailfish” door wing and body design came as a burst of inspiration to its designer, Frank Stephenson, while on vacation in Miami. Although other vehicles of the era took body inspiration from the musculature of big cats and birds of prey, the P1 took on the long, lean lines of marine life. Its doors pop up and out at an angle, looking more like fish fins in motion than bird wings in flight.
Inside, you’ll find details that are classically McLaren, with the company’s well-known carbon-fiber monocoque and a roof safety cage known as the MonoCage/MonoCell. It has the McLaren twin-turbo V-8 with an electric motor for a combined power output of 903 hp. As a result, it can run completely silently for almost 20 miles.
This car was designed to compete head-on with popular sports car instant-classics like the LaFerrari and the 918 Spyder. In fact, all three vehicles raced together and came within a split second of one another at the finish line, a fact that caused the media to dub the three cars “The Holy Trinity.”
The 720S inherited all the best innovations that were developed through the years in a long line of McLarens. It also received an updated-for-2017 version of the company’s classic all-in-one monocoque, known as a modified carbon monocoque.
Hagerty calls this car “the pinnacle of McLaren series production and a Hagerty favorite.” It has double-hinged dihedral doors, meaning they rotate 90 degrees up and out into a fully vertical winged position. The doors also channel air directly to the engine, as do additional hidden pathways that sit within the headlights.
And what an engine it is. This is the first model with McLaren’s new M840T engine, the successor to the M838T they used in the 650S. More than 40% of its engine parts were brand-new innovations at the time of its introduction. McLaren gave it a fluid 7-speed dual-clutch and set it free to reach a top speed of 212 mph.
Style-wise, this is a McLaren for the modern era and a car born to shine on Instagram. Early publicity photos of the 720S showed it in a snappy bright orange color that whipped up interest in orange cars worldwide. A bespoke version of the 720S featured a labor-intensive two-coat red/orange/copper hue that took 300 man-hours to create by hand, plus bronzed wheels and specialty carbon-black trim.
The 720S isn’t just about the flash. It’s a genuinely fun and easy car to drive. One of the reasons it’s an enduring fan favorite is its “road to track” quality. A 720S can slide out of your garage, cruise down the road, then scream around the raceway for a ride that truly tears up the track.
Classic Auto – The Perfect Coverage for Less
Personal service is what we at Classic Auto Insurance pride ourselves in. We love supercars like McLaren. We also know how much time and effort goes into caring for them. That is why we assist our customers in finding the perfect policy for their individual needs.
Get a free instant McLaren insurance quote online or give us a call today at 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your McLaren. When you drive one of fastest high-performance cars around, the last thing on your mind is insurance. We take the worry out of finding the right policy so you can go back to your passion for cruising the backroads in style.
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The Future Looks Bright for McLaren Automotive
Known for F1 race cars, McLaren is making their mark using cutting edge technology to produce high performance road cars.
Want a challenge? Talk about Formula One racing without mentioning the name McLaren.
Numerous awards, championship teams and innovative designs forever link them to the sport. McLaren Technology Group (MTG) uses advancements in technology to produce some of the finest cars on the planet – and they do it from a space ship in Surrey, England.