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Newest McLaren 720S reaches out to younger audience

New diminutive electric car features infotainment system and scissor doors

Published: June 27, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: July 3, 2019, 3:55 AM

McLaren 720S Ride-On

Putting together another successful year, McLaren is reaching out to a younger audience with a new version of the recently-named 2019 World Performance Car 720S — a “Ride-On” model that is the second in the series, joining the 2016 P1 children’s model.

McLaren 720S Ride-On

And in keeping with recent technology, the new diminutive electric car (with instrument panel display to show status of charge and driving range) features a world-class infotainment system that can play video or audio (pre-programmed or downloadable via USB and SD-card slots), and it is also capable of remote operation.

The new model will be available in eight colours from the actual McLaren colour palette — Azores Orange, Belize Blue, Lantana Purple, Onyx Black, Mauvine Blue, Silica White, Saros Grey and a Papaya Spark launch edition exclusive to McLaren retailers.

Styling is immediately identifiable as a McLaren 720S, with exposed carbon fibre elements and functioning scissor doors.

Power comes from an electric motor that has been enhanced to provide realistic internal combustion engine sounds (maybe a pedestrian-safety feature for future McLaren electric models?). Power is controlled by an accelerator pedal and stopping via a brake pedal (with a working brake light to alert other playground users). A working ignition powers the car up, while a remote allows parents to safely steer the car if the driver isn’t paying attention to the task of driving.

McLaren 720S Ride-On

The car is available now at global toy stores, and through McLaren retailers, priced from £315 (about $525 Canadian).