Taking its name from the roadgoing versions of Bruce McLaren’s legendary 1960s sportscar racers, this dramatic mid-engined roadster epitomises the pioneering engineering, design and aerodynamic innovation that lies at the core of McLaren’s road car DNA. The new Elva is a ferociously fast, extreme two-seater that brings a new dimension to McLaren’s range-topping Ultimate Series lineage. Boasting a bespoke carbon fibre chassis and body, but with no roof, windscreen or side windows, it’s a car to heighten every sensory input – providing an unparalleled visceral driving experience. The Elva will also be the lightest road car ever made by McLaren Automotive. This, coupled with enormous power and torque from an 815PS version of the McLaren Senna’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8, creates simply extraordinary levels of acceleration, agility and driver feedback. In fact the Elva actually hits 200km/h from a standing start in just 6.7 seconds – even quicker than the McLaren Senna itself.
“MCLAREN CONTINUES TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF SUPERCAR AND HYPERCAR DEVELOPMENT IN PURSUIT OF OUTSTANDING AND UNPARALLELED DRIVING EXPERIENCES FOR OUR CUSTOMERS, AND THE MCLAREN ELVA EPITOMISES THAT PIONEERING SPIRIT,” MIKE FLEWITT – CEO, MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE
On the outside the Elva’s stirring form, like that of all McLarens, is dictated by function. The low nose and pronounced front fender peaks provide visual drama but also enhance forward vision, while the sleek profile of the twin rear buttresses is enabled by a deployable roll-over protection system. Radical-looking though it may be, the car is fully homologated for all major markets.
The extraordinary sculpted interior of the Elva is not so much an interior as a seamless continuation of the outside of the car. The uppermost sections of the carbon fibre doors simply curve over and flow down into the cabin, as do the rear buttresses, while the armrest section between the seats is a spar of carbon fiber and the dashboard seamlessly flows into the swooping doors. ‘It’s a stunning example of a new and unique McLaren “blurred boundaries” design principle that has allowed us to bring the outside in,’ says Rob Melville, McLaren Design Director.
Just 399 examples of the new Elva will be produced, with deliveries beginning later in 2020. McLaren Special Operations will be on hand to enable a high level of personalisation, ensuring each Elva is truly unique. A fixed windscreen derivative can be specified, but not a roof or side windows.