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How would you spec your McLaren Elva? New state-of-the-art visualizer allows fresh themes

McLaren has launched a new online visualizer tool that allows customers to spec their Elva virtually.

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The elite list of customers wishing to plunk down a mere $1.69 million on their new McLaren Elva are able to digitally spec it using new themes developed by the automaker using state-of-the-art visualizer technology.

McLaren Special Operations personnel are working one-on-one with customers, albeit remotely, to explore every possible customization for their windscreen-less vehicle. McLaren sees this as an integral part of the purchase process.

The McLaren Advanced Visualiser (MAV) brings to life ideas and concepts as ultra-high-quality virtual images that show a customer what proposed design themes would look like in a finished car. It uses ultra-HD resolution rendering to display individual Elva elements and then combine them to create a full specification.

McLaren Elva: Timeless Artisan

McLaren Elva: Timeless Artisan

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Customers can switch colors and materials in and out and see how they will look nearly instantaneously. It also allows customers to virtually open and close doors, get Innside the vehicle and look under the bodywork as far deep as the suspension and braking systems.

Among the options McLaren customers can choose are Ultrafabrics, a durable, lightweight, and weather-resistant material that draws inspiration from high-end performance materials used in private jets and luxury yachts. Soft coverings can be embellished with reflective micro-piping to create unique flourishes of light in the dark, while on harder surfaces, carbon fibres and precious metals can be used individually or combined to spectacular effect, as pioneered on the McLaren Speedtail.

McLaren's design team has released two new Elva design concepts meant to inspire customers, Timeless and Explore. Each includes a range of visual themes, incorporated into the MAV programme, to generate ideas and prompt discussion.

According to the automaker,

"The themes in Explore evoke the spirit of adventure expressed by Elva ownership; Magma, for example, suggests the power of a molten lava in a Satin Azores and Satin Memphis Red Velocity blend of exterior colours, a look that continues inside with Caviar Black Ultrafabrics to create an unapologetically dramatic appearance.

Timeless, meanwhile, focuses on the sense of history encapsulated in the Elva's design, balanced by a fascination with the future. The laid-back Urbane combination of Liquid Alloy Gloss exterior paint and Cortado Tan Enhanced Full Aniline leather interior is one of the themes, visually suggesting elegance coupled with relentless performance."

"The Explore and Timeless concepts offer a contemporary aesthetic contrasting the heritage M1A Elva themes previously devised for our latest Ultimate Series car," said Robert Melville, Design Director McLaren Automotive. "Both of these new concepts are tailored to showcase the Elva's incredible form, be it Timeless' classic elegance or Explore's technical finishes. Both capture our core design principle of 'everything for a reason'."

Those customers looking to re-create an iconic McLaren racing livery may also be inspired by the MSO M1A and M6A themes – an homage to Bruce McLaren's legendary race cars. Opting for the The M1A Elva theme adds a Magnesium Silver racing stripe that sweeps along the sills, runs around the front splitter and up over the hood, accompanied by an Accent Red pinstripe and completed by Bruce McLaren's iconic number 4 racing graphic.

Deciding on the, the MSO M6A replicates the McLaren Can-Am icon of 1967 with an Anniversary Orange exterior color adorned with a Dove Grey stripe, McLaren Cars decal, and Bruce McLaren's signature in blue, as well as his race number "4". Full Satin carbon fiber bodywork and 10-spoke Diamond cut wheels complete the model.

Just 149 McLaren Elvas will be built.

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Mecum Auctions is ready for 2022

The Mecum Kissimmee Auction will feature a handful of rare, low-mileage supercars.

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Today marks the end of 2021, and 2022 is looking to be an exciting one for auto enthusiasts. Mecum Auctions, one of the most prominent and popular automotive auction companies around, is ready for the year with its Kissimmee 2022 auction. Though the event takes place over an eleven-day period, the automotive portion of the auction takes place from January 6 through January 16 in Kissimmee, FL.

2021 Ferrari SF90 StradaleLow-mileage exotics are just the start. Mecum

Many auto auctions feature impressive vehicles, and this one is no exception. Everything from a 725-mile 2016 Pagani Huayra to a crew of classic Corvettes will cross the block, and there will be a few full-collection auctions. The Don Salmon Collection features 62 American muscle cars, including Corvettes, Impalas, Mustangs, and more. The Gary Thomas Collection is on offer as well, featuring 33 Ford and Shelby vehicles.

In addition to classic American cars, a collection of six low-mileage supercars are on offer, including #100/106 McLaren Speedtail with just 194 miles, a 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale with 57 miles, a 2021 Ferrari 812 GTS with 138 miles, and a 2021 Ferrari F8 Spider with 66 miles. Two Mercedes-AMG cars join that impressive group, including a 2018 AMG GT R and a 2020 AMG GT R.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette CoupeAs usual, the auction will feature several rare American muscle cars. Mecum

If you're hoping to bid on a lot at the auction, registration is available online and on-site at the event. The cost to register is $200, but if you just want to look around, you can buy a general admission ticket for $20 in advance or $30 at the door.

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The automaker released two LEGO models for the holiday season.

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McLaren cars are among the quickest and most sought after vehicles on the planet, but not everyone can swallow their six-figure price tags. There's good news, though. Those of us who aren't able to get in the driver's seat can pick up the new LEGO kits and build our own mini-McLarens at home. The automaker partnered with the toy brand to offer two models for the holidays.

McLarenThe open-top McLaren Elva in LEGO form.McLaren

McLaren is also offering auto-themed luggage from Tumi and a special line of clothing, but that's not why where here. We're most interested in the LEGO versions of the McLaren Elva and McLaren Senna GTR. However, with hundreds of pieces each, these aren't the simplest of toys. The Senna GTR LEGO replica comes in 830 pieces and features a V8 engine with moving pistons, opening dihedral doors, and a deep blue livery.

The McLaren Elva is *only* 263 pieces and replicates the cleverly designed, super-aerodynamic open-top car. McLaren says that the real car uses aero to shelter its occupants from wind. There is no windshield and no windows on the car, both of which are details that look great in the blocky LEGO format.

McLarenMcLaren also worked with Tumi to develop car-themed luggage.McLaren

If you're itching to hand-assemble either McLaren LEGO model at home, the Senna costs $49.99 and the Elva costs $19.99.

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