McLaren’s latest Ultimate Series hypercar has been revealed, and its name is Elva. The McLaren Elva is an open roadster named and themed after the open race cars built by founder Bruce McLaren and the Elva sports car company in the 1960s. This new car is the lightest and one of the quickest cars from McLaren yet.
The Elva name, derived from the French elle va, or “she goes” in English, will be familiar to fans of racing history. During the early 1960s, McLaren found a number of successes with its M1A race car, especially at the Canadian Sports Car Grand Prix, the forerunner to the Canadian-American (Can-Am) Challenge Cup.
Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that here produces 804 HP (815 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.McLaren claims that the new Elva is capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3 seconds, while 0-124 mph (200 km/h) takes just 6.7 seconds, making it faster than the Senna.
In a world-first, the Elva features what McLaren calls an “Active Air Management System,” which channels air through the nose of the Elva to come out of the front clamshell at high speed ahead of the occupants before being directed up over the cockpit.
Only 399 examples will be made, each with a starting price of nearly $1.7 million. An optional fixed windshield will be available to comply with regulations in certain markets.