McLaren Celebrates The Inaugural Miami Grand Prix with the “Florida Sunshine” 720S
Five special 720S models will get a McLaren Florida makeover
The Formula 1 party is coming to Miami — May 6-8 — during which McLaren will get in the Miami spirit with its all-new (and spectacular) Formula 1 race car painted in iconic orange livery. Along with the race car, five copies of the McLaren 720S are getting matching designs for the upcoming inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. The livery matches that of the F1 car, as well as McLaren’s Indy car and Extreme-E racers, and the five cars will be working chauffeur and hot-lap duty for celebrities, owners, and fans during the race.
The McLaren Livery: Bruce McLaren’s ’67 Brainchild
The livery idea dates back to 1967, when Bruce McLaren first used its now-iconic orange color during the 1967 Canadian-American Challenge Cup — McLaren won the series and that November in his FIA Group 7 M6A race car that was painted a vibrant Papaya orange color. That Papaya lives on today in the liveries of McLaren Racing’s F1, Indy car, and Extreme-E class race cars as well, so it makes sense that the production side of the company would copy the look for the upcoming Grand Prix.
The car itself is a standard 720S — featuring a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, hitting 60 mph from standstill in an estimated 2.8 seconds, and hitting 124 mph in less than 8 seconds. You’ll likely see the 720S test those numbers at the Grand Prix, as the five special liveried cars will be offering Pirelli Hot Laps and will take part in the Celebrity Race.
The five 720S cars, each priced at $299,000, also celebrate the extensive racing legacy of the brand, which has three victories at the Indianapolis 500, a win from McLaren’s first go at Le Mans, and the automaker has won more than 180 F1 Grand Prix races and 20 F1 world championship titles. It’s been 56 years since Bruce McLaren’s debut at the 1966 F1 Monaco Grand Prix, and you can catch McLaren’s next F1 race a couple weeks from now, on Sunday, May 8, 2022. McLaren’s Lando Norris is currently ranked sixth in this season’s standings with 35 points, and teammate Daniel Ricciardo is rank 11 with 11 points. Here’s hoping they have a good weekend, for Bruce’s sake.