McLaren Elva. The latest addition to the British supercar maker Ultimate series is a high-speed, open cockpit, ultra-two-seater with bespoke carbon fiber chassis and body but no roof, no windscreen and no side windows.
This is because Elva is affected by the car that allegedly drove the McLaren legend – the powerful McLaren M1A.
And to highlight this fact, McLaren Beverly Hills has created a series of videos about Elva, the second of which has just been released.
In the first video of the series, indie car driver JR Hildbrand is seen with an optional windshield on Alva’s wheel. “It provides a pure sense of road connection, it conveys all your senses of smell, taste, through the steering wheel,” said Hildbrand.
“It’s the most incredible machine to travel from A to A, nothing more important than just getting out and driving.”
However, the new Alva highlights the connection between the original and its origin.
Reinforced by the thunder of the OldSmobile V8s, the McLaren M1A Mk1 became synonymous with McLaren’s success in the North American race, which also ran Chris Amon And Graham Hill, among others.
Designed by Bruce McLaren, the M1A was incredibly light, weighed only 551 kg, had a light but very stiff and strong chassis and was powered by a mid-mounted Oldsmobile 4.5-liter V8. Was The suspension was cut for the mid-1960s: completely independent, asymmetrical skeletal bones, anti-roll bar and adjustable coil springs and shock absorbers in the front and back coil springs. At the same time, the bones of lower desire were overturned.
When the M1A raced to the Canadian Sports Car Grand Prix in September 1964 – the forerunner of the famous Canadian American (Ken Am) Challenge Cup that McLaren drivers won for five consecutive years from 1967 to 1971 – it finished third overall. But the fastest car on the circuit, four times the lap record and seven more to break it.
Success saw an immediate demand for customer cars, but with only seven employees at McLaren – all of whom were building team racing cars – the only solution was to outsource production.
Enter Frank Nichols of Elva Cars Ltd., a small, professional sports car manufacturer based in Sussex, UK. Nicholas proposed building a replica version of the M1A, and in November 1964, McLaren and Elva’s parent company agreed to the terms of the move.
The McLaren-Elva M1A was initially built and sold, before it was developed into the McLaren-Elva M1B and then the McLaren-Elva M1C. Competing in private hands, the McLaren-Elva M1B drew the attention of the American automotive magazine Road & Track, which declared it in July 1966, “We have the fastest car (and) the latest ever. An example of thinking in sports / racing cars.
The last iteration of the series, the McLaren-Elva M1C, was introduced in 1967, by which time the McLaren Works team had entered a new era with the M6A.
Here’s how Elva got its name, as well as its lesser form than the unique windscreen (although there is an optional windscreen version!), As the latest video makes clear.
Along with one of the historic Ken um McLaren, the video commemorates McLaren’s key figures, including the current F1 CEO, Zack Brown, the McLaren Indy 500 winner, Johnny Rutherford and former McLaren. F1 driver includes Juan Pablo Montoya.
The current Alva 599kW 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged MacLaren V8 is powered by the same family of engines that power the Cena and Cena GTR and is the lightest of any road car manufactured by McLaren. Weight
Ansar Ali, Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations, said: “Everything about McLaren is authentic. Elva represents the purest and best sense of the word, from the driving dynamics and design to the technology.”