Screenless Macca gets windscreen
Will still be ultra-light, lack side glass
The McLaren Elva was a highly limited edition model, part of the brand’s top-tier Ultimate Series vehicles. Its biggest claim to fame was being the company’s lightest car thanks to features like using air management instead of a windshield to keep the wind and road debris away from the drive. Logically, then, the latest special model from McLaren is an Elva. With a windshield.
There are two reasons for adding a windshield to the car that McLaren mentions in their press release regarding this later years Elva: “for customers who prefer to have a physical screen,” which sounds like they overestimated the desire of multi-million-dollar hypercar owners to want bugs in their teeth, and “to meet local legal requirements in some states in the USA.” Because it’s barely a hypercar if you can’t sell it in the US.
The car climbs 44 lbs with the addition of the windshield, making it 2,910 lbs and still a relative flyweight. The car has rain-sensing wipers, washer jets, and sun visors (plus heated front glass), but it still doesn’t offer a roof or side windows. The active air management system is removed since with a windscreen in place it serves no function.
McLaren says that the fixed glass doesn’t take away from the excitement of the car, but probably does a great deal to make it more usable on the road and the racetrack. The windshield Elva, and that is the correct name for it, will offer new livery options from McLaren Special Operations.
No more than 149 Elvas, windshield or otherwise, will be built, the automaker says, and the first screened-in cars will be delivered to customers near the end of the year.