This single-minded focus is certainly unmissable in the looks department, with McLaren’s normal shrink-wrapped body ripped asunder in an orgy of extrusions, wings and orifices, all to keep the V8 cool and the air pressure sucking the car to the tarmac. It’s a brutal look.
Aerodynamic highlights? That’s one heck of a rear diffuser. And an even larger rear wing; it’s an active, hydraulically-controlled number that automatically adjusts to optimise downforce (as well as working as an air brake, like the 720).
Chassis and body are carbon-fibre, with at the car’s core a version of the carbon Monocage III safety cell from the 720S, complete with dihedral doors that fold over into the roof. Only a small section of window opens, while panels in the door can be specified in glass for a see-through look. McLaren says this reinforces the visual connection between driver and track.
The brakes are carbon ceramic, the steering electrohydraulic and the suspension double wishbones derived from the race cars, with hydraulically linked dampers and anti-roll system, as well as the variable ride height set-up from the P1. The tyres are bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo Rs on ultralight centre-lock alloys.
You fire up the engine with a button in the roof console. The cabin is clutter-free – and there are no buttons at all on the steering wheel. In front of you is the folding driver display from the 720 and in the centre of the dash a simple infotainment screen.