MANAMA: Luxury supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive will shortly commence production of the windscreen version of its Elva roadster.
It has been designed for customers who prefer to have a physical screen rather than the barrier of air provided by the Active Air Management System (AAMS), as well as to meet local legal requirements in some states in the USA.
“Super-lightweight and extremely powerful, the Elva delivers the ultimate connection between a driver, the road and the elements. Created to celebrate the pure joy of driving, it’s one of the most distinctive – and exclusive – cars we have made. Roofless and without windows, whether you opt for the screenless model with its sophisticated AAMS technology that provides an invisible barrier of air, or the windscreen version with an additional level of enclosure, this is a roadster that rewards owners with the most exhilarating of open-air driving experiences, delivered as only a McLaren can,” McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt.
The windscreen Elva shares all of the ethos and performance of the original car: neither has a roof, side windows or rear screen, which when combined with a dry lightest weight of less than 1300kg and a mid-mounted, 815PS, twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8 engine.
The screenless Elva is McLaren Automotive’s lightest-ever road car and the target for the windscreen version is only 20kg heavier, even with the inclusion of electronically synchronised rain-sensing wipers, washer jets and sun visors, as well as the heated glass windscreen within a carbon fibre surround.
The screenless model reaches 100km/h from standstill in 2.8 seconds and 0-200km/h in 6.8 seconds.