The in-house bespoke arm of luxury supercar maker McLaren Automotive, McLaren Special Operations (MSO), has unveiled a bespoke Gulf Oil-liveried McLaren 720S with the brand’s iconic racing colours. The project is part of the renewed relationship announced last summer when McLaren confirmed Gulf’s return as an official strategic partner and a demonstration of the personalisation possibilities available on McLaren’s supercars.
McLaren first partnered with Gulf in both Formula 1 and Can-Am from 1968 to 1973. The association was revived in the 1990s with the GTC Competition team’s legendary McLaren F1 GTRs. A limited number of customers will exclusively have the opportunity to have their McLaren supercars hand-painted by MSO in Gulf livery.
In addition to the iconic racing blue and orange colours, MSO has echoed the Gulf solid orange colour on the brake calipers, with the bespoke interior of this 720S featuring matching blue and orange stitching with Gulf logos embroidered on the headrests and painted on the sills. “This project is a showcase of MSO’s capabilities and echoes the recent full restoration of the McLaren F1 GTR 25R, a car raced in the 1990s. The 720S in such an evocative livery and interior finish, created in close association with Gulf, which perfectly shows the potential for our customers to work with MSO’s skilled team to personalise their McLaren.” Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
The 720S remains the benchmark supercar; with a twin-turbocharged McLaren V8 engine producing 530 kW and 770 Nm of torque, it can accelerate to 100km/h from standstill in just 2.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph).
Its carbon fibre Monocage II contributes to a class-leading lightest dry weight of 1 283 kg, while Proactive Chassis Control II suspension and active aerodynamics help to unleash this sensational performance on both road and track.