Collectible McLaren Elva Decorated With Famous Gulf Livery

The British company has resumed cooperation with Gulf Oil.

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has presented a collectible Elva Roadster in the famous Gulf livery at Goodwood SpeedWeek, which was held behind closed doors this time and broadcast live. The supercar is timed to coincide with the resumption of cooperation with Gulf Oil, in which customers will be able to legally order cars in the brand's famous orange and blue colors livery right from MSO.

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McLaren and Gulf Oil have a long-standing relationship. In 1968, the American oil company sponsored the British in Can-Am, Indycar and Formula 1. And the partnership, which lasted until 1974, was remembered for a series of high-profile victories: racing McLarens in the Gulf livery won thirty-five Can-Am races and seven Formula 1 Grand Prix between 1968 and 1972.

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Then, the Gulf livery reappeared on McLaren cars between 1995 and 1997: several F1 GTRs were decorated with it, one of which won the Global GT Championship. Now, in July 2020, the companies have announced the resumption of cooperation. Under the new agreement, customers will be able to order cars in brand's orange and blue livery and even with the Gulf logo directly from MSO.

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The first such car is the Elva Speedster equipped with a 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 that develops 815 hp and 800 Nm. The collectible supercar, the initial circulation of which is cut by more than half, is almost entirely made of carbon fiber. Its special feature is the AAMS (Active Air Management System), which can create an air “dome” over the cockpit.

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The roadster in the Gulf livery will supplement the collection of previously presented special Elva versions. One of them is painted in the color of the racing M6A prototype, which succeeded in the Can-Am series for 5 years in a row and became the first orange McLaren. The other one is decorated with the black and silver livery of the vintage M1A.

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