VIDEO: Lando Norris tries drifting the McLaren Elva
Tuesday 27th October, 2020 - 8:30am
Two superstars, one supercar.
McLaren has released a pair of videos promoting its latest supercar, featuring both current Formula 1 ace, Lando Norris, and former Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack. The two drivers are featured driving the all-new Elva at two different British circuits.
For those unfamiliar, the Elva is a tribute to the sports cars built by Bruce McLaren in the 1960s. As such it doesn’t feature a windscreen, instead relying on a complex air management system that’s meant to channel air over the top of the occupants.
It’s powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the McLaren Senna, which means 597kW and 800Nm.
Check out Lando Norris behind the wheel:
Norris gets behind the wheel of the lightest McLaren road car yet produced at Silverstone. After some apparent trouble with his script (Norris tries his best at acting) the rising star is let loose in the twin-turbocharged roadster around the home of the British Grand Prix.
The second video involves no acting and instead is just pure action as Brack takes the Elva around the Goodwood circuit. The 1999 Indy Racing League champion knows his way around the car because he’s McLaren’s chief test driver.
Ride around Goodwood with Brack here:
Brack has been working with McLaren since 2015 but has been its primary tester since 2018, when he replaced Aston Martin-bound Chris Goodwin. The Swede was involved in the development of both the 720S and Senna before taking the official role.
McLaren originally planned to build 399 but cut that to 249 in April before finally committing to building no more than 149; assuming that many buyers for the $2.6m machine can be found.
Officially McLaren says part and production restrictions are behind the dramatic reduction in build numbers.