The McLaren Elva is a limited-production mid-engine sports car manufactured by McLaren Automotive.[1] The car is the fifth addition in the McLaren Ultimate Series, joining the F1, the P1, Senna, and the Speedtail.[2] The open-top sports car is inspired by the open top race cars developed by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s.[3]

McLaren Elva
ManufacturerMcLaren Automotive
  • 149 produced
AssemblyEngland: Woking, Surrey
DesignerRobert Melville
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door speedster
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformMonoCage III carbon fibre monocoque
RelatedMcLaren 720S
McLaren Speedtail
McLaren Senna
Engine4.0 L M840TR twin-turbocharged V8
Power output815 PS (599 kW; 804 hp)
800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft)
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch

Nomenclature edit

The name Elva is derived from elle va, which means "she goes" in French. The car is named after the lightweight early open top race cars developed by Bruce McLaren. The M1A, M1B and M1C were produced between 1964 and 1967. Due to limited staff, production was outsourced to British automobile manufacturer Elva.[4][5]

Elva (2019-) edit

The vehicle went on sale for base price of $1,690,000 (USD),[6] which does not include audio, but bespoke system can be ordered with no additional cost. Fixed windscreen variant was also available as factory option.

The vehicle was unveiled in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Delivery of the Middle East model began in the first half of 2021.[7]

Elva M6A Theme by MSO (2020-) edit

It is a version of Elva replicating the 1964 Can-Am race car, with Anniversary Orange body colour with Dove Grey stripe, McLaren Cars decal and Bruce signature in Blue, and Bruce’s race number 4, satin carbon fibre and 10-spoke Diamond Cut wheels.[8]

Elva M1A Theme by MSO (2020-) edit

The M1A version is based on the McLaren-Elva M1A driven by Bruce McLaren that had broken Mosport Park lap record in 1964, with ultra-light carbon fibre, Magnesium Silver racing stripe at sills, front splitter, bonnet with Accent Red pinstripe and Bruce McLaren’s number 4 racing roundel; seats and steering wheel detail in Malibu Red Nubuck with matching stitching and Tonal micro-piping.[9]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2020 Salon Privé.[10]

Elva Gulf Theme by MSO (2020-) edit

It is a version of McLaren Elva in blue and orange Gulf body colours.

The vehicle was unveiled in Goodwood Motor Circuit,[11] followed by in Hong Kong.[12]

Elva with windscreen (2021-) edit

McLaren Elva with windscreen.

Originally announced in 2019, this version included windscreen for customers who prefer to have a physical screen and to meet local legal requirements in some states in the USA.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2021 Salon Privé.[13]

Delivery was set to begin by the end of 2021, following personalisation by McLaren Special Operations.[14][15]

Specifications edit


Being the company's first open top road-legal sports car, the Elva is claimed to be the lightest sports car ever produced by McLaren though the actual kerb weight is yet to be announced. The car's entire body work is made of carbon fibre including the chassis, doors and seats in order to keep the weight low. The brake rotors, which are shared with the Senna measure more than 390 mm (15 in). Weight savings of about 1 kg (2.2 lb) is achieved over the Senna's brake rotors by the usage of titanium brake calipers. A carbon fibre spar runs the entire length of the interior which supports the arm rest of the seats, a variety of controls and separates the driver and passenger.

A six-point racing harness is optional for customers who want to take the car for track day driving. For protection against roll-over crashes, a deployable roll-over protection system is included as standard. The optional audio system has marine-grade speakers for protection against adverse weather conditions. The interior features a severally mounted touch screen to control most of the car's functions. Although the Elva has no windshield or windows, a front windshield will be added for the cars intended for the US market.

The McLaren Air Active Management System (AAMS) channels airflow through the car's nose from an inlet in the splitter and directs it at a radius of 130-degrees in front of the occupants (called "oasis of calm" by McLaren).[16] This system activates at speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph) where airflow and overall noise are high to create a comfort zone over the occupants.[17] The system can be turned off whilst track driving so that the air channeled through the nose is sent to the engine instead. The Elva also features an active rear spoiler which also acts as an air-brake thus seeing the braking force load with the brakes. A flat undercarriage also helps in improving aerodynamics.

The front clamshell is a major part of the aerodynamics package of the car. While it's an integral part of the AAMS, it also features two air intakes at the front of each door which directs air to the car's dual intercoolers mounted in front of each rear wheel.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 815 PS (599 kW; 804 hp) and 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) of torque is shared with the Senna and the Speedtail and is the most powerful variant of McLaren's V8 engine. The engine is fitted with a flat-plane crankshaft, low-mass reciprocating components and a dry-sump lubrication system. The exhaust system is made from titanium and inconel while the exhaust tips are of a quad type and are 3D-printed. The Elva also features a full-time suspension and an electro-hydraulic steering to improve handling. The car will be built to customer specifications by McLaren's MSO department.[2][18][19][20][21]

Performance edit

The Elva can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than three seconds and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.7 seconds.

Production edit

Production was originally to be limited to 399 units with customer deliveries scheduled to begin in late 2020,[22][23] but later in April 2020, the production total was reduced to 249 units according to McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt,[24][25] citing customer feedback encouraging exclusivity as the force behind the decision.[26][27] Production was eventually limited to 149 units.[6]

Car No. 11 went to Angelo Paletta in Ontario, Canada, president of TNG Capital and Princess Gates Entertainment, which was a Gulf Theme McLaren (but darker blue shade from the Goodwood SpeedWeek car).[28]

Marketing edit

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva model kit went on sale on 1June 2021, which included a McLaren driver minifigure, complete with race suit, helmet and wrench, inspired by McLaren Automotive's Principal Development Engineer for Ultimate Series, Rachel Brown.[29]

References edit

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  8. ^ Elva M6A Theme by MSO
  9. ^ Elva M1A Theme by MSO
  10. ^ Extreme trio of McLaren supercars set to star at UK Salon Privé show
  11. ^ Uniting two icons of speed in one spectacular car: global debut for McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO at Goodwood SpeedWeek
  12. ^ Two icons of speed in one spectacular car: McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO makes its debut in Hong Kong
  13. ^ Three new McLaren cars to make Salon Privé debut this September
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  24. ^ "How McLaren's boss went from a flop to the fast lane". Australian Financial Review. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  25. ^ Tsui, Chris (4 April 2020). "Open-Air McLaren Elva Hypercar Production Slashed in the Name of Exclusivity". The Drive. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
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  28. ^ "Why I love my vehicle: 'It's a great icebreaker". Toronto Star. 26 March 2022. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022.
  29. ^ Celebrating speed and innovation: The new LEGO® Speed Champions McLaren Elva

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