Our fixation on the automotive industry’s most polarizing manufacturers has become a sort of symbiotic affliction, maiming us, and leaving us in a depressive lull as we await yet another groundbreaking platform. Luckily, McLaren has provided a reprieve, thanks to the announcement of the Elva — an open-cockpit roadster that pays homage to the Bruce McLaren’s original M1A, as well as the McLaren-Elva M1A, M1B, and M1C.
The 1960s were an important time for the UK-based outfit who, under the supervision of Bruce McLaren himself, created one of history’s most enticing domestic platforms with the M1A. These transcendental models were based on the period’s dominant Group 7 McLaren race cars — recognized today for their pioneering design, and as the inspirational progenitors for the company’s contemporary variants. The modernized Elva is an 804-horsepower, open-cockpit powerhouse and the lightest vehicle that McLaren has ever produced — thanks to its bespoke carbon fiber chassis and an adventurous lack of cabin peripherals. To enhance the driver’s connection to the elements, the company has excluded both the front and side windows, relying instead on its innovative Active Air Management System (AAMS) to guide airflow around, and away from the supercar’s cockpit. In effect, the twin-turbocharged Ultimate Series Elva will accelerate from 0-62 miles-per-hour in under three seconds, and reach its 124 mile-per-hour benchmark in just 6.7 — usurping the brand’s Senna model as one of the fastest vehicles on the market. If you’ve got $1.6 million laying around, head over to McLaren’s website to inquire for ownership; only 399 examples are slated for release.