Badge of Honour

A new bonnet badge by Mclaren Special Operations shows how every detail of the forthcoming Speedtail can be personalised 

From the beginning, McLaren has always promised the forthcoming Speedtail would be something very special. Now, ahead of its unveiling on October 26, new details have emerged to emphasise the point. 

The three-seater Hyper-GT will offer customers unprecedented levels of personalisation, with many unique finishes and materials to choose from. One example is a new, optional bonnet badge, created by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) to showcase the Speedtail’s fusion of high performance and art. 

The Speedtail’s standard badge is made from aluminium with a gloss black inlay; owners who value light weight can also specify a lacquered transfer option, which weighs almost nothing. The new MSO badge, however, is made from 18-carat white gold. Hand-crafted in conjunction with Vaughtons, the exclusive British badge and trophy maker, it is complemented with high-tech carbon inserts, utilising McLaren’s new and exclusive TPT (Thin Ply Technology). The gold is then laser-etched with a McLaren hallmark, showing when and where it was created.

‘Speedtail is centred around breathtaking beauty, luxury and modern craftsmanship,’ says Rob Melville, McLaren Automotive’s Design Director. ‘The gold badges add to a car whose jewel-like qualities already shine out, and confirm the Speedtail’s uniqueness as the luxury McLaren without equal.'