It took a total of 25 years for Leonardo DiCaprio to win his very first Oscar. To give you some perspective, I was born in 1992 so since I left the womb until present, Leo has worked that long and that hard to get his moment of glory. How did he do it? Rumours and theories aside it was all due to hard work, determination and consistency. The competition was stiff and over the years he became a household name and for the best part he just became better and better and what he did, which brings me to the car manufacturer in question, McLaren.
Founded in 1985 McLaren went on to take on the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche just to name a few with a different approach. Having its origin routes planted in Formula 1 majority of Mclarens made would always be heavily focused on engineering, science, mathematics and aerodynamics, all the key components in Formula 1 til this very day. What this meant was that anyone who bought themselves a car would receive something that had incredible attention to detail top to bottom and inside out. Obsessive would be a word more appropriate.
Fast forward 32 years and many successful models later and we have this, the current flagship and most powerful car McLaren sell to date. It’s called the 720S and my goodness does it look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The car is an all new design and everything you see has a purpose and is not just for jaw dropping looks. It took me a while just to take it all in because in the flesh the car just has a presence like no other to it, pictures do not do any justice at all.
Let’s start with the most talked about part of the cars looks. Where exactly are the headlights? The lights themselves are actually not that big at all, they only take up the upper top half of the light cluster. The dark area surrounding the headlights, directional indicators and daytime running lights are a complex structure of aerodynamic genius that has one job, to keep the car running cool and being quicker through the air.
The purpose of the design is to suck air into the radiators as efficiently as possible while giving as little wind resistance as possible. In simpler terms McLaren have killed three birds with one stone, they have created a cluster that keeps the car cool, slips through the air while also housing the light instruments. Genius.
The side of the car is littered with clues to tell you that the car’s biggest weapon is aerodynamics. Every protrusion of carbon fibre slit, vent, nook and cranny have a purpose to be best friends with nature’s biggest element, the air. From a visual point of view its pure art to look at and the more you stare, the better it gets. One of the key points in the design of the new McLaren 720S is the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car, this is replaced by the uniquely shaped doors, which channel air to the radiators that cool the engine.
The party piece of the interior is the cockpit screen which displays all your information, but should you want a more minimal approach and attention on driving the screen can be flipped down onto its side as a mini screen to only display the cars vitals.