McLaren celebrates its iconic 'Longtail' livery

Any McLaren 675LT is a very special car that already stands out from the crowd, although if a customer desires something even more dramatic and even more exclusive, McLaren Special Operations (MSO) are on hand to ensure that bespoke requirements are met.

Challenged to produce a road-going homage to the McLaren F1 GTRs that performed so strongly in endurance racing in the 1990s, winning the 1996 BPR Global Endurance Series and the GT1 Class at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1997, MSO has created a McLaren 675LT that combines a famous racing livery with personalised and bespoke features to the customer’s brief. The project, which was undertaken with agreement from Gulf Oil International Ltd that its famous racing livery colours could be used, occupied more than 1,000 hours of MSO time. The paintwork, including airbrushing, accounted for 800 hours of that total. The light blue, black and red hues and the trademark orange centre stripe are an unmistakeable recreation of the Gulf Racing colours that adorn the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ race car. The 20-spoke wheels, finished in Dayglo Orange, continue the theme. Images: McLaren / GF Williams.