McLaren reveals 650S Le Mans limited edition

McLaren Special Operations has announced a limited run of 650S models to celebrate 20 years since the company’s Le Mans win.

Five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the 24 hour finish line in 1995 – coming in first, third, fourth, fifth and 13th place.

To celebrate, five special edition McLaren F1 LM models were commissioned – one for each of the cars that finished the race.

20 years on, McLaren Special Operations has teamed up with F1 designer Peter Stevens to offer 50 examples of the Le Mans limited edition, with a design inspired by the race-winning #59 McLaren F1 GTR.

The special edition 650S takes several features from the F1 GTR, including a roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake – channelling airflow to the 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine, while providing more noise inside the cabin.

Also new is the special lightweight Le Mans design alloy wheels (19-inch at the front, 20-inch at the rear), intended to replicate those of the 1995 racers.

McLaren 650S LM pays homage to F1

Stevens said: “The design of the McLaren F1 rewrote the rulebook. It was intended to offer the ultimate, no compromise road driving experience. The fact that it was transformed into a racer, and a race winner, was true testament to the strength and integrity of the original design, which is something I am very proud of.

“With a mix of subtle design traits, the 650S Le Mans adds a modern twist by blending the iconic lines of the McLaren F1, and heritage features such as the wing louvres and the roof-mounted air intake, with groundbreaking technologies. It is a fantastic homage to that original design, and to the incredible race result achieved by the team in 1995 at one of the most difficult, and most challenging races in the world.”

McLaren reveals 650S Le Mans limited edition

Those who find the performance of the standard McLaren 650S a bit lacking will be disappointed however, as the modifications don’t make the Le Mans edition any faster. It still produced 650hp and 500lb ft of torque, hitting 62mph in 3.0 seconds dead and a top speed of 207 mph.

Finished in metallic Sarthe Grey with smatterings of carbonfibre and splashes of McLaren orange, deliveries of the McLaren 650S will start in summer 2015.

Available around the world, the Le Mans edition will be priced from £244,500. Buyers will also be invited to join McLaren at a 20th anniversary celebration at the historic Le Mans circuit.