Supercars

New McLaren-Gulf deal offers the opportunity to get a Gulf livery on your next supercar

Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO; Mike Jones, Gulf Oil International Ltd CEO; Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO; and Lando Norris, McLaren Racing driver pose for a photo to mark the occasion of a renewed partnership between McLaren and Gulf.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

McLaren and Gulf Oil International Ltd announced a new strategic partnership that has implications from the garage at the track to your garage at home. The multi-year deal will once again formalize a longstanding relationship that the brands have had since the 1960s.

Racing enthusiasts may recall that Gulf's link with McLaren started in 1968. That initial partnership continued until the end of the 1973 season, with Gulf and McLaren enjoying success in both Formula 1 and the Can-Am series, winning over 40 races. The two came together again in the 1990s for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which saw the McLaren F1 GTR running in Gulf colours throughout the decade.

2020 McLaren Gulf Partnership Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO; Mike Jones, Gulf Oil International Ltd CEO; and Zak Brown, McLaren Racing CEO pose near one of the historic McLaren models that has worn a Gulf livery over the years.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

Starting in 2021, Gulf will become the preferred lubricant supplier to McLaren Automotive, with all cars to be filled with Gulf Oil and fuel optimized for high performance engines. Additionally, Gulf branding will also be displayed at McLaren Automotive's PURE customer events that take place around the world, at retailers, and on team kit.

A small number of McLaren customers will be offered the opportunity to have their supercar hand-painted by McLaren Special Operations, the firm's bespoke division, in Gulf liveries and colors which echo the famous F1 GTR Le Mans car that raced in the 1990s.

"It's great to be able to welcome back Gulf after a long historical association which has seen the name adorn many McLaren road cars and race cars over the years," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. "McLaren has a rich history of working with class-leading partners and we're delighted to continue this trend via our renewed partnership with Gulf. Like McLaren, the Gulf name is synonymous around the world with technical excellence and innovation and the excitement of going racing and motoring."

To launch the partnership, the Gulf brand will be integrated into the McLaren Formula 1 team starting with the British Grand Prix 2020 this weekend. The logo will be represented by McLaren F1 personnel throughout the 2020 F1 season, including via race drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz and the McLaren pit crew. Gulf branding will also appear on the engine covers and wing mirrors of the McLaren MCL35 race cars.

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Automotive auction

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 Stradale Low-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 Coupe As 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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Automotive toys

McLaren and LEGO team up on two new models

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.

McLaren The 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.

McLaren McLaren 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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