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McLaren's 720S Le Mans edition celebrates legendary 1995 Circuit de la Sarthe win

2020-07-24 09:30
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Mclaren 720s Le Mans. Image: Newspress

• In 1995 McLaren won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its #59 F1 GTR. 

• The endurance race win was in its first season and onto a famous win at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

• McLaren Automotive has unveiled a special edition 720S Le Mans that celebrates the famous win. 

McLaren Automotive is celebrating one of McLaren's greatest motorsport achievements victory on its first attempt in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a special edition 720S coupe. Just 16 of this Le Mans edition will be available in Europe. 

The Engine 

The 720S Le Mans is powered by a mid-mounted, 530kW 4.0-litre engine. The twin-turbocharged V8 propels the car from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 341km/h. 

The race

So why then has McLaren built a car to celebrate that famous 1995 win at the Circuit de la Sarthe? Well, it's mostly down to three men: JJ Lehto, Yannick Dalmas, and Masanori Sekiya. The trio took the #59 McLaren F1 GTR to victory and achieved the team's greatest endurance race result. 

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The BMW-powered GTR models were simply bullet-proof during the race. 

The British marque dominated the race, with three other F1 GTRs finishing in the top five. The victory at Le Mans also ensuring McLaren a place in motorsport history as winners of the French 24-hour classic, the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500. 

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The bespoke features 

As mentioned the 720S Le Mans features exclusive touches dedicated to the win 25 years ago and include a plate featuring a 'McLaren 25 Anniversary Le Mans'logo.

There are only two hues are available on the celebratory 720S: McLaren Orange or Sarthe Grey, there are unique five-spoke LM wheels, and carbon fibre racing seats.

The VIN of each car will begin with 298, in recognition of the number of laps completed by the race-winning F1 GTR – one more than its closest rival.

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