The limited-run McLaren 750S ‘Triple Crown’ is a hand-painted MSO special
McLaren Special Operations has unveiled its latest creation at Velocity Invitational as part of the marque’s 60th anniversary celebrations
Paying homage to McLaren’s greatest motorsport achievements, the McLaren 750S ‘Triple Crown’ features a complete MSO overhaul with references to the racers that helped the brand achieve victory. Based on the 750S in both coupe and Spider form, just six examples will be produced, with each car already accounted for.
Launched at the Velocity Invitational festival in California by Lando Norris, Pato O’Ward and Derek Bell, the limited-run special features a 3-7-59 theme, referencing the numbers of the cars that took victory for the marque in 1974, 1984 and 1995. The ‘3’ references the M16D driven at the Indianapolis 500 by Johnny Rutherford, the ‘7’ Alain Prost’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren MP4/2 and the ‘59’ from the iconic McLaren F1 GTR that finished first at the 1995 Le Man 24 Hours driven by Masanori Sekiya, Yannick Dalmas and JJ Lehto.
The Triple Crown’s underlying hardware is unchanged, retaining the 750S’s standard 740bhp output for a 2.8sec 0-62mph time and 206mph top speed, but McLaren has applied more than mere stickers and badges. In fact, it says this is the most intensive project MSO has undertaken to date, and that it acts as a showcase for just how far it can take personalisation.
While the bold, complex design might not be for some, it’s hard to argue with the level of craftsmanship involved. Created entirely from paint, the livery combines 20 colours and numerous application methods to create a seamless, high-quality finish. Such is the complexity of the design, each car is said to take over 1200 hours to paint. The front end takes inspiration from the MP4/2, while each side of the car references the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR – the design even features the green dot denoting that car’s GT1 status. The rear end then lifts elements of the M16D, with the rear third matched to its orange paint, transitioning from the F1 GTR’s grey with a unique chequered flag effect. There are also nods to each car hidden throughout the design, with the brake calipers finished in alternating blue, red and Le Mans Gold, and silver leaf detailing used to create the Triple Crown logo.
Look closely and you’ll even find QR codes hidden throughout the artwork, leading to detailed information on the model’s development. A ‘3-7-59’ motif is nestled within the mounting brackets for the LED running lights, and MSO has even gone as far as to include a high-tech, illuminated electrochromic MSO logo within the brake light on the underside of the airbrake.
The theme continues inside, with numerous Triple Crown details and elements such as the carbonfibre door trim and seats adorned with a monochrome version of the exterior design. The steering wheel receives a painted 12 o’clock marker, while the red and white MP4/2-inspired shift paddles are hand painted, the pedals ceramic coated and the dedication plaque constructed from a piece of McLaren Formula 1 car bodywork. Even the key fob is painted to match the exterior.
Michael Leiters, chief executive officer of McLaren Automotive, said: ‘As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of McLaren being founded, we of course reflect on our legacy of pushing boundaries, both in motorsport and more recently in supercar and hypercar excellence. The 3-7-59 Theme takes inspiration from both of these areas, as a showcase of extreme performance that pays tribute to our Triple Crown success. The most challenging project ever delivered by McLaren Special Operations is a truly stunning expression of McLaren’s industry-leading paint expertise, on a supercar that sets a new benchmark in its class.’
Just six examples of the McLaren 750S Triple Crown will be produced, with each featuring a unique take on the design. While you can expect a hefty premium on the £222,885 asking price of the standard car, you needn’t worry about cost, as all cars are already sold.