One of the most storied of Gulf Oil’s sponsorship deals was that with McLaren throughout Can-Am, Indycar, and Formula One racing from 1968-1973. However, despite racking up some 35 race wins and achieving first-second on 20 of those occasions, it would be almost two decades before the brands worked together once again with the F1GTR. Now, McLaren and Gulf Oil are retying the knot in a deal that brings Gulf back to Formula One — with a retro Elva to celebrate.
Inspired by its 60s forebearers, this special edition Elva features the iconic Gulf Racing blue and orange livery. As part of the partnership, McLaren is making the color scheme directly available to customers through its bespoke McLaren Special Operations (MSO) service. Under the hood, the Elva Gulf Theme features the same powerplant — a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that puts out an incredible 804hp and 590lb-ft of torque — putting it in elite company with the likes of the Ferrari Monza and Bentley Bacalar. With the initial 399-car production figure slashed to 249 and then again to 149, the Elva makes for quite the exclusive conversation piece. And although some cars have already been spoken for, there are still some on the table.
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