For racing drivers, weight matters. To stop them being quite so hungry all the time, McLaren has teamed up with race wear manufacturer Sparco to produce the lightest race suit in the world.
It weighs just 590 grammes, and McLaren reckons this is at least 10 percent lighter than any other suit. While this may not mean racers can now gorge on burgers and fries, they may now be able to have that extra piece of toast at breafast.
How is it so light? Becuase the Sparco McLaren SP16+ (modelled here by McLaren ambassador Bruno Senna) is hand-made in Italy. The process takes 12 hours per suit, and incorporates some ingenious weight-saving tricks.
The zip is ultra-slim, the neck and shoulder pads have been reduced in size, the Nomex wrists and ankles don’t have seams and even the stitching is an ultra-thin thread.
It’s been ‘decontented’ too: side pockets are optional, as is a phone pocket, and even the belt is an option.
But the race suit comes with a fine pedigree: it’s actually the same one that the McLaren F1 Racing Team have worn since 2016 (presumably meaning McLaren’s racers would be even slower if they weren’t wearing it).
As such, the suit is fully approved by racing’s governing body, the FIA. So it will be approved by the scrutineers of any race series in the world. While also being a must-have for McLaren Senna owners looking to book their next trackday.
McLaren and Sparco will lighten racers in another way too, mind – in the wallet. Because it costs from £2,344, plus tax. And even the cheapest optional extra for the suit is £250 plus tax.
But hey, what price an extra tenth of a second per lap?