A flash of green

The stunning 600LT Spider by MSO makes a subtle nod to one of our most defining models

When we launched the McLaren 675LT in 2015, it marked the first Longtail car of the current breed. It revived a badge seen previously only on the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, and which represents the most extreme expression of our brand.

Almost as attention-grabbing as the 675LT itself were the colours it came in, including Napier Green. Now – through an understated use of this luminous hue – we pay homage to that car, with the 600LT Spider by McLaren Special Operations (MSO).

It’s based on our latest model: the 600LT Spider. But MSO has applied its usual magic touch to create something truly special. Napier Green highlights can been seen on the front splitter, sills, door inserts and diffuser. They draw attention to the full range of MSO carbon fibre options fitted, which, just like on the 675LT, have a satin finish.

The accents have been applied using a technique new to our road cars. The paint is compressed into a lightweight film before being applied, to make sure it’s perfectly consistent in tone. It’s yet another technology inspired by racing, having been pioneered on the 720S GT3 and 570S GT4 race cars.

Napier Green is also used for the brake calipers and interior stitching, and the steering wheel 12 o’clock mark is a matching bright green. They contrast with the car’s MSO Bespoke Dove Grey paint, a solid colour which – true to the Longtail ethos – weighs less than metallic paint.

MSO’s work continues inside the cabin, with an Alcantara® headlining and steering wheel, and touches including ‘600LT’-embroidered headrests, an etched accelerator pedal, and MSO dedication plaque.

‘Our design team relished the opportunity to accentuate the 600LT’s cutting-edge looks and with painstaking attention to detail, including the use of innovative materials, we’ve showcased our craftsmanship too,’ says Ansar Ali, Managing Director of McLaren Special Operations. ‘Few cars deserve MSO’s personalisation more than a McLaren Longtail and we can help our clients realise their visions with a car of their own making.’

The 600LT Spider by MSO will be shown in the metal – or indeed carbon fibre – at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from 7 to 17 March.