McLaren has recognized this issue, and they’ve got your back with the new MSO Carbon Series LT. Based off the 675LT Spider, this model from the bespoke Special Operations division of McLaren Automotive is essentially a project to see how many parts on the car could be made in carbon fiber.
The list of pieces that have been swapped for carbon fiber equivalents is an unruly length — and we like it. As is typical of McLaren, no stone has been left unturned with this project. Even the fuel filler flap has been changed to carbon fiber. Coolest of all, the Longtail airbrake that flies up under braking has received the exposed carbon fiber treatment.
After adding it all up, the Carbon Series LT has approximately 40 percent more carbon fiber parts than the standard Spider. McLaren hasn’t given us an exact weight number yet, but we expect a fair amount of pounds have been shaved off.
The 3.8-liter twin turbo V8 sitting behind your head remains unchanged from the standard car where it produces 666 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Even with the carbon fiber bits saving weight, you’ll be running to 60 in 2.9 seconds, two-tenths of a second slower than the coupe version of the Longtail.
If you hope to buy one of these, you look to be out of luck as the 25 units planned for production appear to be sold (a running trend with special edition supercars).
We wonder if Jenson Button is one of the lucky recipients of this car — he complained a fair bit on the second episode of the new “Top Gear” show about missing out on the 500 coupes sold at the original car’s release.