Queen Elizabeth may love her corgi-toting Range Rovers but that hasn’t stopped another British luxury automaker from celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.
McLaren has in fact developed a new platinum paint color – and a special edition sports car – to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
And there’s a solid link between the two entities aside from their status as thoroughly British: The queen herself helped open the McLaren Technology Center nearly two decades ago.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrates the queen’s 70 years on the throne so it’s a perfect time to introduce a new royal color.
The special silvery hue was painstakingly created over a full eight days by McLaren Special Operations, which put it through durability and application testing to make sure it dazzled the entire automotive world.
You, the customer, will be able to opt for this paint color for “years to come,” according to McLaren.
Additionally, McLaren has made a one-off Artura Supercar for the same Jubilee celebration.
The unique hybrid, 661 hp supercar is, of course, finished in that custom platinum paint we previously mentioned.
The jubilee supercar comes from the British luxury automaker’s in-house bespoke division known as McLaren Special Operations (MSO).
It’s the same division that creates custom McLarens for an exclusive segment of serious collectors. And the same team developed a special tool and press to create a unique badge for the supercar that simply spells out “Elizabeth II.”
And although the McLaren Artura is a limited edition, don’t fret. The platinum “jubilee” paint on the hybrid will be available to all collectors for years to come.
McLaren’s advanced coatings partner AkzoNobel analyzed different lighting to create the very special metallic pigment befitting of a queen.
The expert paint developers then refined the finish over an entire eight-day period. The result? An uber-striking hue that would dazzle even QE2 herself.
“It has been an honor for MSO to create a new platinum paint in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year,” Ansar Ali, managing director of McLaren Special Operations, said in a statement. “This special paint, which will be available for customers to select for years to come, will be a fitting tribute to mark this historic milestone.”
Aside from those tweaks, McLaren didn’t change much else on the Artura. So you can always buy a “regular” Artura (starting at $225,000) and know you are getting something very close. Especially if you choose the special jubilee platinum paint for the exterior.
The Artura is McLaren’s first-ever series-production high-performance hybrid car. It’s part of the “Super Series” category, along with the 720s, and comes with an aerodynamic body that weighs just 3,303 pounds.
Powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that cranks out 577 hp and 431 ft-lbs of torque, the Artura also has an electric motor that kicks in an additional 94 hp and 161 ft-lbs of torque.
It will get you from zero to 62 mph in just 3.0 seconds and reach a searing top speed of 205 mph.
The battery pack enables a top speed of 81 mph and a range of 19 miles if you are driving in electric mode alone.
The hybrid McLaren Artura was revealed at an event on Thursday at McLaren’s Technical Center in the UK.
McLaren spared nothing in creating the jubilee edition. They even developed a special tool and press to create a new badge.
The new McLaren Artura, which came out in 2021, is the second hybrid McLaren after the legendary P1.
It takes about 2.5 hours to charge the Artura from zero to 80 percent, according to the British automaker. But even if the battery “runs out” there is always something in reserve for starting the engine. What else would you expect from a McLaren?
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