McLaren Speedtail passes speed validation with 30 runs of 400 km/h

A prototype completed sustained runs of 400 km/h on space-shuttle landing strip

Published: December 23, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 17, 2021, 3:44 PM

McLaren Speedtail

With the last speed run of the day at the Kennedy Space Centre, the McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT is good to go, and the company has already started production of the 106 that will start shipping to customers in February 2020.

In the hands of McLaren’s chief tester, racer Kenny Brack, the prototype XP2 recently completed the Speedtail speed validation programme with sustained runs in excess of 400 km/h (more than 30 times) on the space shuttle landing strip at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, following similar runs at various locations around the world, including Idiada in Spain and Papenburg in Germany

“It’s fitting that the Speedtail’s high-speed test program concluded with multiple maximum-speed runs at a location so strongly associated with pushing the boundaries of extreme performance and engineering excellence,” said Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO. “The Speedtail is a truly extraordinary car that epitomizes McLaren’s pioneering spirit and perfectly illustrates our determination to continue to set new benchmarks for supercar and hypercar performance.”

The awesome performance is a result of a combination of technologies, including carbon fibre body and other lightweight efficiencies, aerodynamic drag efficiencies and a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain that delivers the greatest power and torque ever produced in a McLaren (1,005 hp and 848 lb-ft).

Not only is the sustained top-speed of 402 km/h (250 mph) impressive, but it takes about 13 seconds for it to go from zero to 300 km/h. The car does not have a plug-in component.