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McLaren recreates 1997 Gulf-Davidoff GTC team ‘Longtail’ with bespoke 675LT

Written by: Neil

The McLaren 675LT is such a special car that a fair few of us in the Petrol News office would seriously consider taking a 12-month driving ban just for the chance to abuse it around a race track.

However, even a car as remarkable as the 675LT can up its game, as proven by a newly revealed personalised model that pays tribute to the 1997 Gulf-Davidoff GTC team McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) – the brand’s bespoke division – poured more than 1,000 hours into the commission, with 800 hours of that being spent on finessing the light blue, black and red paintwork, which is virtually identical to the exterior colour scheme of the 1997 ‘Longtail’ Gulf Racing original.

Ansar Ali, managing director of MSO, said the time-intensive project was precisely the type of demanding commission that MSO Bespoke was formed to undertake.

Mr Ali said that recreating the livery was incredibly demanding in its own right, but this was only part of the brief.

“We also replaced numerous standard 675LT components with MSO parts and further personalised the car to clearly identify it with its owner, a service that an increasing number of MSO customers request,” he explained.

This meant that the cabin features MSO racing seats finished in carbon black alcantara with orange and blue contrast stitching and the initials of the owner on the headrest, while the orange seat belts are picked from the MSO Defined range.

The handling and powertrain bezels on the active dynamics panel are finished in gulf blue, complimenting the gulf orange vent bezel surrounds and surround on the stop/start button.

One thing that wasn’t changed was the twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can produce up to 666bhp to race to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 205mph – now you understand why we’re so keen to drive it…

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “The 675LT is a beautiful car on a regular day but this paintjob is the cherry on the cake. What an absolute beaut!”

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