The YouTube video platform is a special world. The video of the mega-fast Hockenheim lap of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (1:43.3 min) was online on the sport auto-YouTube channel for barely a minute when a user named “Tyran Mathurin” commented: “I expect the McLaren 765LT to be even faster.” On that, the snowballing of comments started.For another self-proclaimed YouTube expert, it was immediately clear that the 765LT would even crack the current Hockenheim record holder McLaren Senna. In the digital world, the role of favorite is quickly distributed. But what about in reality? Today the new McLaren low-flyer has to show whether it lives up to expectations.
It smells of motorsport
In the top model of the Super Series, a four-liter V8 biturbo with 765 hp meets masses of carbon fiber.
To ensure that the 765LT doesn’t have to run circles around the GP circuit in Baden all by itself, the test team from Woking brought along another lateral dynamics toy in the form of the McLaren 620R. How could it be any different for a squad with a Formula 1 background: In addition to tools and tire sets in abundance, as well as the two service vehicles, there are also quite naturally two “T-Cars” as replacements in the 40-ton truck from England.
If the British sports car brand is already making such a big splash today, it’s impossible for me to just turn up on my own. Given the power-to-weight ratio and dream car character, companions from the editorial team are quickly found. Colleague Jens Dralle, Head of Test & Technology at auto motor und sport, will be accompanying the track test for our big sister magazine. Welcome, Jens.
It’s a good fit – Jens and I are the last two remaining Mohicans in the automotive department of Motor Presse Stuttgart who have a racing license. You don’t need a license to drive the two top McLaren sports cars, but there’s a strong whiff of motorsport under the guise of road traffic licensing today.
Into the fireproof rompers, off we go with the 765LT. A four-liter V8 biturbo with 765 hp meets masses of carbon fiber here. Carbon and Alcantara dominate the pulpit-like interior – pure motorsport flair. McLaren has always been good at racetrack-focused ergonomics. The carbon full bucket seats (optional in the Clubsport Pro Pack) familiar from the McLaren Senna, with their low seating position and gripping lateral support, immediately give even Ottonormals a bit of a feeling as if their last name were Norris or Sainz.
Light, lighter, McLaren