Classic blue and orange gets Gulf logo treatment
Just 149 Elva Ultimate Series cars to be built
One of the best parts of the latest partnership between McLaren and Gulf Oil is this: The McLaren Elva finished with a Gulf livery, and this time it’s even got the logo to go with it and complete the look.
The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme puts the iconic blue and orange paint on the two-seat no-top Elva roadster. It’s the work of McLaren Special Operations, the company’s in-house customisation shop and, like every other time it’s used, adorns the 804 hp Elva in classic style.
Debuting at Goodwood Speedweek, the festival of classic racing that takes place in England each year, and, surprisingly, still took place this year (even if it was closed to spectators).
The McLaren Gulf partnership first started way back in the 1960s, when both companies entered motorsport. And while the Gulf colours have been on countless winning cars since, it’s appeared on McLarens including the race team’s Can-AM, Formula 1, and Indy cars through 1873 and returned on the McLaren F1 racers in global GT series.
“The McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO is a striking celebration of both McLaren’s history in sports car racing and our new partnership with Gulf Oil. McLaren Special Operations is committed to pushing the boundaries of the ‘art of the possible’ and projects like this showcase the increasingly extensive range of personalisation options we can offer customers – in this case, enhancing the authenticity of the livery by incorporating Gulf brand logos into the design,”
said MSO boss Ansar Ali.
Just 149 Elvas will be built, with deliveries starting this year. While near-limitless options will be available to buyers thanks to MSO, we could see more than a few choosing this option when it comes time to place that order.